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Cleaning up the front end a little. With the Diff. cover off and not knowing much about gears does this look ok? I don’t see any chipped teeth or anything that looks strange. I’m going to paint the cover and seal it back up. - just checking.....




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Looks good to me, Maybe slightly discoloroed from sitting and not being used, but you will have that.
 

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Thanks Crazy!


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For now I just used brake cleaner and wiped it down with microfiber clothes to clean it up a bit.


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For now I just used brake cleaner and wiped it down with microfiber clothes to clean it up a bit.
this made me laugh as its a statement as to how clean this Particular 2nd gen is. I couldn't even do that on my '05 Excursion and expect to clean anything.
 

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Any of you put RTV on the cover bolts during installation?. All of the bolts I took off had a collar of sealant on every bolt...


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What was on your bolts was probably just excess that got on there. It shouldn’t need any on the bolts
 

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So got the the front cover cleaned up, sealed and filled. I have the sway bar and new bushings ready to go back on. I’m now thinking of the tie rod and drag link. I can put new ends on the tie rod but what do you all do with the drag link bar? Replace the whole bar or just ends if that’s possible.
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I believe you will have to replace the whole rod because the one end is pressed in, I've never replaced just the joint in the non-adjustable end.
 

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If you want to keep it 100% stock, you have to replace short/long tie rods and entire drag link.

If not, on my 70 EB, I converted to 78/79 steering box and used these Chevy parts to allow both tie rods
and drag link to be adjustable (parts are beefier than stock 78/79, 1/2 ton stuff also). Uses internally
threaded DOM tubing between both tie rods and drag link ends. Can buy it as a whole kit,
even for 78/79's. I did have to ream tapered holes in knuckles, but they are from a 77 bronc, so not sure
if you have to do anything on 78+




Also, if you look on floor in first pic, you can see I cut upper end of stock drag link, and welded on a short tie rod end with adjuster.
Very handy to get steering wheel back in line, if you've done susp or body lifts (since drag link is normally not adjustable).
 
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Thanks for that OX. I took the easy way out and ordered the JBG stock tie rod/drag link replacement. I did notice my tie rod bar was bent somewhat.....



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