Jump to content

Welcome to Ultimate Subaru Message Board, my lurker friend!

Welcome to Ultimate Subaru Message Board, an unparalleled Subaru community full of the greatest Subaru gurus and modders on the planet! We offer technical information and discussion about all things Subaru, the best and most popular all wheel drive vehicles ever created.

We offer all this information for free to everyone, even lurkers like you! All we ask in return is that you sign up and give back some of what you get out - without our awesome registered users none of this would be possible! Plus, you get way more great stuff as a member! Lurk to lose, participate to WIN*!
  • Say hello and join the conversation
  • Subscribe to topics and forums to get automatic updates
  • Get your own profile and make new friends
  • Classifieds with all sorts of Subaru goodies
  • Photo hosting in our gallery
  • Meet other cool people with cool cars
Seriously, what are you waiting for? Make your life more fulfilling and join today! You and your Subaru won't regret it, we guarantee** it.

* The joy of participation and being generally awesome constitutes winning
** Not an actual guarantee, but seriously, you probably won't regret it!

Serving the Subaru Community since May 18th, 1998!

Guest Message by DevFuse

- - - - -

Euro legacy tie rods on US outback?

  • Please log in to reply
3 replies to this topic

#1 roxtar


    USMB is life!

  • Members
  • 173 posts
  • Warrenton

Posted 29 December 2011 - 05:01 PM

long time, no post. anyway, I picked up a 97 outback last winter as a beater. I just got her inspected and she passed, but now i have a new list of stuff I should probably do. first and foremost are the inner tie rod ends. I've done outers before on other cars, but inners are a PITA and I'm likely to tear the outer boots anyway when I'm getting to the inner ends. The question is: Can I buy the "complete" tie rod assembly from rock auto (listed as being for the euro market) and just bolt them up?

#2 johnceggleston


    Lite Master of the Subaru

  • Members
  • 6,712 posts
  • Virginia

Posted 29 December 2011 - 05:41 PM

yes as long as it is LHD, left hand drive.

but it might be cheaper to buy a used rack and install new inner tie rods, maybe boots too, before you in stall it. used racks can be had for $65. they are cheap because they hardly ever fail, there is very little demand. (you probably do not have to replace the tie rods unless they feel loose.)


sort your search by distance first to see if one is in your area. then by price, a distant one may be so cheap that shipping does not matter.

Edited by johnceggleston, 29 December 2011 - 05:45 PM.

#3 987687


    Rally Suby!

  • Members
  • 4,264 posts
  • Northern Maine

Posted 29 December 2011 - 07:18 PM

It's definitely not easier to replace the whole rack than to replace an inner tie rod end. The first time I replaced one was on my 96. It was outside while snowing in 10deg weather. I used two big pipe wrenches for tools and it only took me about 45 minutes...
I'd replace the boot while I'm at it, the only reason my inner failed was because the boot was ripped.

#4 bheinen74



  • Banned
  • Pip
  • 0 posts
  • central Iowa

Posted 29 December 2011 - 09:13 PM

if you have bad tie rods, replace them

not the rack

replacing rack would be same as replacing entire trans when you have a torn axle boot...

hello. replace the defective parts not the entire assembly.

or, maybe you are one who would pull the engine if you have a exhaust leak?

0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users