Steering Rack Track Rod Inner Ball Joints

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Re: Steering Rack Track Rod Inner Ball Joints

Postby Simon_P » Mon 17.06.2019, 07:52

Phil, the thread which is a stud and the cup are the same piece of metal no amount of tightening it up has any effect on the ball joint. It isn't like the old type where the cup has an internal thread and screws on to a base thereby reducing the clearance.

The arrowed part is just a locking tab to stop the ball joint unscrewing from the end of the rack.
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Re: Steering Rack Track Rod Inner Ball Joints

Postby lotusflasherman » Mon 17.06.2019, 10:44

Simon_P wrote:Phil, the thread which is a stud and the cup are the same piece of metal no amount of tightening it up has any effect on the ball joint. It isn't like the old type where the cup has an internal thread and screws on to a base thereby reducing the clearance.

The arrowed part is just a locking tab to stop the ball joint unscrewing from the end of the rack.


Thanks for the photo you emailed... the ones that are adjustable have a 'male' external thread on the end of the rack. Your rack has a 'female' internal thread so search on ' Inner tie rod'. LEMFÖRDER and MOOG make original / replacements.
Plenty available.. just have to find the right length or go slightly longer and cut it down if the outer ball joint bottoms out before you get the correct track setting
for example ...
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/FORD-MONDEO-Mk4-2-2D-Inner-Rack-End-Left-or-Right-08-to-15-Tie-Rod-Joint-1433271/332356561401
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Re: Steering Rack Track Rod Inner Ball Joints

Postby Simon_P » Mon 17.06.2019, 13:17

Hi Phil,
I'll post the picture later.
Yes, already checked the online catalogues for dimensions and contacted Lemforder before posting.

I can find the right length but not with the correct thread. The trouble with cutting it down is that it is a rolled thread so there isn't any metal to make the thread longer.

There must be an off the shelf part available and they aren't expensive.
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Re: Steering Rack Track Rod Inner Ball Joints

Postby chrisP » Tue 23.11.2021, 15:49

Did anyone ever find a part number for the inner ball joint?
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Re: Steering Rack Track Rod Inner Ball Joints

Postby Simon_P » Tue 23.11.2021, 18:28

Unfortunately not and I looked quite hard - It will be out there somewhere!
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Re: Steering Rack Track Rod Inner Ball Joints

Postby chrisP » Tue 23.11.2021, 23:33

You don't have the specs still, do you Simon?
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Re: Steering Rack Track Rod Inner Ball Joints

Postby Simon_P » Wed 24.11.2021, 22:29

I think that they're pretty much the same except the length and the thread. Be aware of rolled threads which are larger than the base rod, so you can't cut extra thread.
I wrote to every manufacturer and distributor that I could find details for - I'll see if I still have the email.
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Re: Steering Rack Track Rod Inner Ball Joints

Postby chrisP » Thu 02.12.2021, 19:44

Thanks for getting back to me Simon - I think I will have to take one off and go to a friendly motor factors and check their stock
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