Too many broncos!
Just as the title states, is there anyway to check tie rod ends without them being on the truck?
Ya i figured I would just stick them in a vise then use a crowbar to see if they move vertically... was just seeing if anyone else had some super awesome test proceduresJust grab the stud and move it around. Its a ball in a socket, so it should move freely, but if you can pull it straight up and down, that would indicate its worn out. New grease boots can be found in the Help! section at your local parts store.
unfortunately these are off the 1976 bronco... and to replace all the steering is $370+ shipping.. looking at converting to a earlier t-style setup as its a bit cheaper and i dont have to special order stuff..If there already out I would just replace them and be done with it, TRE's are not that expensive and then your sure their good.
No worries, this is probably the route i will take, this truck will never see the anything offroad besides a dirt road, but want something that I can find locally if I hit a curb, ice etc. and bend or brake a TRE.. the Y setup is nice and all and if serviceable I will probably continue to run it. This early bronco has already ate up allot of my fullsize moneyAccording to my books here, if you were to go back to a 75 everything should be available locally. I wasn't aware this was a 76 earlier.
for the 75 to 66:
rh outer es391r
adj sleeve es2012s
lh connect rod ds767
drag link ds812