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I decided to finally install my tie rod sleeves today. I have the RC ones which are similar to the jks ones, so I watched the jks install video and thought "looks easy enough". Well I removed the tie rod nut but I can't for the life of me get the damn tie rod out. I've banged on the end of the bolt to the point where the metal has deformed a bit. Has anyone else had this issue?

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Use either a tie rod separator tool or a hand sledge to shock the knuckle, not the end of the bolt/ ball joint.

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Use either a tie rod separator tool or a hand sledge to shock the knuckle, not the end of the bolt/ ball joint.
Yeah I'm thinking I need a bigger hammer
 

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hit up here. There is not a lot of room sometimes I’ve taken a hammer to both sides at the same time to get them to pop. This is one of the reasons I did the clamp on type. I was worried about messing up the boot.
 

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Also i found on mine you can put on sleeve and reuse nut as well , it will take up all of the threads which is best...should drop straight in when you have proper amount of length on it. Was easy..
 

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It should only take a couple of blows with a 2lb hammer on a near new knuckle where the tie rod goes through and it will pop out. Tie rods that haven't been changed in 20y will pop out like that.
 
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It should only take a couple of blows with a 2lb hammer on a near new knuckle where the tie rod goes through and it will pop out. Tie rods that haven't been changed in 20y will pop out like that.
Yeah, I tried with a standard hammer but no dice
 

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I'm about to add mine. Isn't there enough movement in the knuckle (swing like turning) to just unthread the inner tie rod from the outer without removing either? That's what I'm going to attemp.
 

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Hit the knuckle not the bolt
I think that's the problem, he doesn't understand what everyone is trying to tell him. He still thinks he's hitting the right spot.
 

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I hit the bolt and it pops right out. Even a 1 lb hammer is enough. If you still can't get it I recommend one of these instead of a pickle fork.

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I hit the bolt and it pops right out. Even a 1 lb hammer is enough. If you still can't get it I recommend one of these instead of a pickle fork.

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Yep, pickle forks are good for tearing the boot. This is what I was referring to, but that puller is good too, just named it wrong
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I hit the bolt and it pops right out. Even a 1 lb hammer is enough. If you still can't get it I recommend one of these instead of a pickle fork.

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So something like this is what I got and it did the trick... though it was a pain because some idiot 🤣 deformed the bottom of the bolt and it kept slipping off. It still took some effort to get it to pop out and there was a decent pop when it broke free. The passenger side on the other hand dislodged on its own as soon as I removed the nut. The job is done and I'm glad I did it because I'm putting together my own tool set and I realized I need more wrenches including some bigger adjustable wrenches.
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