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Tie rod with no zirc fittings

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I recently purchased a set of tie rods for my 73 620 from RockAuto. Got the ACDelco ones and they came with nylocks instead of castle nuts AND they have no zirc fittings or even holes drilled/tapped for zirc fittings.

Have nylocks is a little different but I don’t think it’s that big of a deal. No zirc fittings strikes me as a little odd though. They seem sufficiently greased (though it’s hard to tell since there’s boots over the joint), but I’d like the option of adding my own grease and also being able to add grease in the future.

 

Thoughts?

https://www.rockauto.com/en/catalog/nissan,1973,620+pickup,1.6l+l4,1210093,steering,tie+rod+assembly+(inner+&+outer),7425

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I have the same ones.NO Crown nuts for a cutter pin. Nylocs instead. I torq down till about 56-60 pounds

 

They were cheap  I bought 2 sets

 

they seem to work fine. key is to make sure you get tires alighned

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Yeah I’m rebuilding the whole front steering and suspension so my first stop once it gets back on the ground is the alignment shop.

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I have a few of these laying around and have thought about drilling and tapping...just not sure.

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I thought about that too but didn’t want to risk introducing metal shavings into the joint

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That is one of my reservations about doing it. However, they were like 10 bucks a piece and they are doing me no good at the moment so there is that.

 

EDIT: maybe I'll practice on some of the junk ones laying around here.....now, if I can find one that does not have a grease zerk in it.

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If they are made properly with modern materials and sealed boots, they should not need to be re-greased.  Most modern cars do not utilize grease fittings anymore.  Sealed boots has really eliminated the need to re-grease as dirt does not enter in easily.

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I have the same ones.NO Crown nuts for a cutter pin. Nylocs instead.

 

Never knew any came this way. Been using nylocks instead of cotter pins for years with zero issues on tie rods and ball joints. 

 

I have a few of these laying around and have thought about drilling and tapping...just not sure.

 

It's surprisingly easy. 

 

I thought about that too but didn’t want to risk introducing metal shavings into the joint

 

Well, if you ditched the rubber boots and got some urethane boots you could wash them out with some solvent when you're done? Done that too...

 

They seem to tighten up the steering a bit as well, especially if you replace the ones on the ball joints at the same time...

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I just installed new tie rods and center link for my '71 521 from RockAuto. The center link was as expected but similar to yours the tie rods came with nylocks and no zirc fittings. I was also a little curious about the setup so I'm glad I found the thread and I'm not alone.

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