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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old Jan 30th, 02, 09:55 AM Thread Starter
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I am new to posting, but I have been coming to this site for sometime. So I have read just about every steering and suspension related post.

Anyway I am wondering if there is any difference between the Hotchkis Tie Rod Sleeves, Detroit Speed Tie Rod Adjusters, and Baer's Baer Tracker bump steer adjustable tie rods.

Looking at the picture the Hotchkis and Detroit Speed pieces look the same, but the Baer setup looks different.

Can anyone reccommend one over the other??
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old Jan 30th, 02, 01:12 PM
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I am not sure of the structural differences between the brands. I have not seen the Baer setup. What I do know is that the main purpose behind these designs is to add rigidity to the tie rods and stop any possible slipping of the sleeve over the tie rod end threads under extreme cornering loads. I suppose any of the three you mentioned should accomplish the same result!

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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old Jan 30th, 02, 03:22 PM
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The Baer tie rods replace the outer tie rods and are adustable to remove bumpsteer. They use spherical rod ends that have been said to not wear very well on the street.

The tie rod sleeves are to add rigidity to the steering linkage. Global West, Detroit Speed and Hotchkis all offer kits in the range of $45-$50 or so. Some are powder coated etc. I personally just purchased a pair from Coleman Racing. They aren't anything fancy, threaded tubing with some machined flats for a wrench, but I got them for less than $25 including shipping. Check out

and for the jam nuts
Again, thanks David Pozzi for the tip on Coleman Racing!

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