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Old 09-11-2016, 08:04 PM   #533
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Hey Bob, thanks for chiming in here, I was hoping you would. I bought the professional grade AC DELCO inner and outer tie rods and new sleeves. Heres a picture of the inner that Im having trouble with....


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It came with the boot attached. The new part number for this is 45A0090, old part number was 45A0135 I believe.

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Old 09-11-2016, 08:06 PM   #534
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The grease zerk hole is on the very end of the tie rod.


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Old 09-11-2016, 08:33 PM   #535
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The poly sleeve that you are referring to is actually a delron sleeve that covers the ball of the tie rod to prevent contact with the steel casing of the tie rod end. Is the grease fitting on the end or under the tie rid, take a picture when you can. If you push down on the tapered end of the tie rod and rotate it you may be able to rotate that delron sleeve to open up the Mitch for the grease to go in
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Old 09-12-2016, 04:29 AM   #536
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Hey Gregsch, I see on the web that some people have drilled out the hole and put grease on the drill bit to catch the shavings. Kinda reluctant to do that.

Bob, I tried moving the tapered end around on the bench but man that thing is stiff. Ill pull it off today and try again. I ordered another last night just in case I cant get this one to cooperate. Oh, the grease zerk is on the very end of the tie rod not on the back, so on the end "side". I can shoot a pic today.
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Old 09-12-2016, 12:04 PM   #537
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So this morning I removed the grease zerk from the other inner tie rod (already installed) and poked a tiny screw driver in the zerk hole to measure the depth. Sure enough it was a good 1/4" deeper than the one Im having trouble with. I cleaned up the grease from the hole and it goes THROUGH the delron bushing into the metal ball. Of course right? So either they didnt drill the hole in the problem tie rod or its misalligned. I tried moving the tapered shaft around the best I could but no sign of an opening in the bushing. Sooooo, took an 1/8" bit, dipped it in some grease to catch at least some of the shavings from the bushing and drilled through carefully till I hit metal. Cleaned the hole out real good and reinstalled the zerk. Sure enough it took grease immediately.

Ive got a new one coming so Ill look at it when here. I went ahead and installed the one I have. If the new one is the same Ill just return it. Hehehe, its always the LAST one that gets hinky isnt it? Everything was going soo smooth up till then.

So I will have new tie rods, new ball joints, and new bell cranks.....slowly making my way through the front end

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Old 09-12-2016, 06:24 PM   #538
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Good call....would have drilled it myself...probably missed that step in manufacturing.....also probably made in China or Mexico, no quality control. Spend the money and get it aligned properly, not that we put a million miles on these Airstreams but caster, camber and toe so it makes for a nice driving experience. The P30 chassis is subject to sag so camber is usually off when checked and very easily adjustable. Regards, Bob. What are you using for front shocks and steering stabilizer ?
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Old 09-12-2016, 07:01 PM   #539
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Thanks Bob. Glad you would have done the same. Im using Bilstein shocks and I believe I installed a Monroe stabilizer. All new within the last 24 months or so. Yes Im taking it in to have it alligned. Im sure the toe is off. Sure appreciate your input here.

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Old 09-12-2016, 08:16 PM   #540
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I AM USING THE SAME ON THE 325LE, INCLUDING A BILSTEIN FOR THE STABILIZER, I WOULD LIKE TO USE THEM FOR THE 370LE AS WELL BUT I AM GETTING NO HELP FROM BILSTEIN OR ANYONE I CONTACTED SO FAR. tHE ORIGINAL SHOCKS ARE SHOT ON THE 370LE, SOMEONE PREVIOUSLY REPLACED THE FRONT SHOCKS WITH A MONROE...INCORRECT LENGTH AND DOES NOT COMPRESS FAR ENOUGH SO THE SHOCK BOTTOMS OUT WITH THE SUSPENSION...FELT THAT ON THE RIDE HOME FROM NORTH CAROLINA. THE ORIGINAL DRIVE AXLE HAS NEWAY SHOCKS AND THE TAG IS GABRIEL. I HAVE ONLY BEEN ABLE TO FIND A BETTER MONROE SHOCK FOR THE FRONT AND DRIVE AXLE, BUT AM HAVING NO LUCK WITH THE TAG AXLE...THE TAG AXLE IS LARGER THAN THE TAG ON THE 325LE. ANDY AT INLAND TOLD ME THE PART NUMBER FOR THE 370LE BUT I BELIEVE THAT NUMBER IS THE SAME FOR THE 325LE. IN ANY EVENT I WILL CHECK THIS WEEKEND AND SEE IF THEY ARE IN FACT THE SAME.
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Old 09-12-2016, 09:30 PM   #541
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Is it just me, or does Bob get louder after working so much on his fleet of aluminum?

GET SOME SLEEP BOB!

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Old 09-13-2016, 06:21 AM   #542
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Have you ever been watching a movie with sub-titles and you press the "volume up" button hoping the letters would get bigger? Not sure why this made me think of that.....
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Mayco,maybe I'm sick too but I was thinking the same thing about subtitles.


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Heyyyyy Lance! Im going to PM you about some back related stuff. Was thinking of you this last week.
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So I took the 310 in for alignment this morning. My regular shop wasnt equipped to do vehicle of that size so had to search for somewhere else. Ended up taking it into a shop near the interstate here that specialises in big rig semis and larger fleet vehicles. When I went in to try and schedule the appointment, the service manager seemed a little reluctant to do the alignment. I assume because of the age and the word "motorhome". I quickly explained that it was just a P30 series chevy motorhome chassis, told him that the tie rod assemblies, ball joints, and bell cranks were all new with new air bags and steering stabilizer and shocks. He changed his tune after hearing that and I was able to hand him the alignment spec sheet from SuperSteer. They probably have 10 to fifteen bays as you pull in their lot. I got a kick out of watching the mechanics in each bay turn their heads and get a good look at the rig as I pulled in this morning...hehehehe, vanity right? Oh well.
She IS a pretty rig no doubt!

So ill wait for their phone call when finished.........I dont know about you guys but man, it makes me really ANXIOUS every time I hand those keys over to ANYBODY! Even though they are reputable, professional, long term business here locally, it still bothers me bad to hand those keys over. I know, Im just weird, but soooo much love and care has been put into bringing that girl to where it is today.........I just get nervous.

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So ill wait for their phone call when finished.........I dont know about you guys but man, it makes me really ANXIOUS every time I hand those keys over to ANYBODY! Even though they are reputable, professional, long term business here locally, it still bothers me bad to hand those keys over. I know, Im just weird, but soooo much love and care has been put into bringing that girl to where it is today.........I just get nervous.

Mike
Haha, I know that feeling. I don't even let them drive it for the State Inspection and most of the time they are very glad...
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