Tie rod end hits sub frame

Pooger

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Nov 1, 2020
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Bought ‘81 as a roller. Had incorrect driver side inner tie rod. Hit the frame in two places and was curved wrong direction. Looked like a passenger side the previous owner had flipped over. Got a new one, driver side inner. Curved right direction. Hits sub frame on right hand turns. What am I missing?
 

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Pooger

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Do these help?
 

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Pooger

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Nov 1, 2020
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Apparently there are different center links and tie rod ends for the 80-81 V8 and the ‘81 V6. This thing has new ball joints and one new tie rod end. It came with the 267 V8 but I have no idea what parts were used on it.
 

Twisted_Metal

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Feb 26, 2004
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Check your VIN.

If the 8th digit is an “A” or “K”... It was built as a V6.

Yes, the V6 parts are different.
I believe that’s to clear the balancer which is 3”-4" (or so) farther back than a V8.

A V8 works with the V6 steering components but you can’t mix the parts between the two.

The idler arm is the same but the drag link (center link) is definitely different.
V6 = Moog DS883
V8 = Moog DS829

Tie rods ends may also be different.

Check auto parts store listings to figure out which pieces are different.
 

jamieg285

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Jul 15, 2004
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Luton, England
To me it looks like a mismatch between the idler and pitman arms. The pitman looks longer and is what's pushing link backwards when it turns.
 

John Hair

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Mar 23, 2021
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Hi, just checking to see what the solution was for this . I have the same issue on my 79. Left inner tie tie rod hits frame.
 




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