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Question on changing passenger side tie rod (the really long one)

I am about to change out the passenger side tie rod. It's the really long one. Anyways, when looking at the existing rod, I noticed that there is a bracket attached to it that is connected to what I would call a hydraulic cylinder (not sure on terminology). Is that the steering damper? If so, what do I need to do to ensure that I mount that bracket in the appropriate position on the new tie rod? Just take some measurements from where it sits now to the end of the tie rod, then mount it the same distance on the new tie rod? Thanks for the help.

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Yes it is the Steering Dampener and just take some measurements or there are some inner tie-rod manufacturers that offer it already in place, I believe. That inner tie-rod section is also called a drag link. If you go to Rockauto.com and search under drag links, you will see their offerings. Good Luck.

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I don't believe it's the drag link. I believe it is the outer tie rod. One end connects over at the passenger side wheel, and the other threaded end connects to the driver side tie rod with one of those adjuster sleeves.
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Okay, I got everything unbottoned and am now ready to unscrew the tie rod from the adjusting sleeve. Problem is, that sucker is in there good. I soaked it with PBlaster for a couple of days. What does it take to get this sucker to screw out of the adjusting sleeve? Pipe wrench? A few whacks with a big freakin' hammer? Is is reverse threaded or normal? Thanks for any help.
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Okay, I got everything unbottoned and am now ready to unscrew the tie rod from the adjusting sleeve. Problem is, that sucker is in there good. I soaked it with PBlaster for a couple of days. What does it take to get this sucker to screw out of the adjusting sleeve? Pipe wrench? A few whacks with a big freakin' hammer? Is is reverse threaded or normal? Thanks for any help.
A small pipe wrench like an 18 should get it off. Did you loosen the clamps on the sleeve?

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Yep. Clamp is loosened. I'll give it a go with a pipe wrench tomorrow. Thanks for the reply.
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Pipe wrench got it started. I replaced the adjustment sleeve and used anti seize in both ends when I put it all back together. Not sure if it will make it easier the next time, but it sure couldn't hurt. Tie rod installed successfully. Thanks for the help and input.
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