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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old Apr 14th, 10, 03:22 PM Thread Starter
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Tie rod ends : Different maker?

I have stock inner and outer tie rod ends and idler arm. Will a new aftermarket kit from Hotchkis make any differnce in the handling of my 67 Camaro? See below for the specifics from their site.

Kit Includes
(2) Inner Tie Rod Ends
(2) Outter Tie Rod Ends
Idler Arm

Features:
  • <LI class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; tab-stops: list .5in">Heat Treated 4140 Forged Ball Studs on Tie Rod Ends for improved wear resistance. <LI class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; tab-stops: list .5in">Triple Lip Sealed Boots installed <LI class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; tab-stops: list .5in">Hardened Steel, Forged Housings for added strength. <LI class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; tab-stops: list .5in">Precision, CNC Machined Threads
  • Corrosion Resistant Finish.
Thanks! DeAngelo
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old Apr 14th, 10, 04:24 PM
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Re: Tie rod ends : Difference maker?

Only if your existing stuff is worn out.


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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old Apr 15th, 10, 01:29 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Tie rod ends : Difference maker?

Gotcha. Thanks!!! Nice orange Camaro vert!!
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old Apr 23rd, 10, 11:12 AM
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Re: Tie rod ends : Difference maker?

BPOS is correct, The kit makes alignment easier and the parts are really high quality, but they won't make a difference in handling unless your stock parts are worn out. How does you know if your stock stuff is worn out? Does the steering have play? Has it been 50k miles or 10 years since the front end was rebuilt? If so it's probably worth looking into.
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