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Damaged Tie Rod Taper

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10. Our axle was wearing some heavy-duty steering linkage with rod ends. Rather than drill out the taper for larger bolts that fit the bores snugly, the previous hack used smaller bolts that fit the taper minors. It’s hard to see in the photo, but the loose fit allowed the bolts to wobble, thereby oblonging the tie rod tapers. We’ll have to ream the tapers for larger tie-rod ends or drill for larger rod end bolts, but the knuckles are still usable.

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