Posted by 68Case440 on September 19, 2012 at 18:49:39 from (220.127.116.11):
Just replaced a spindle on Case 440 and the new key groove was machined in off a few degrees so I have a wheel now kicked out a few inches. This 440 has hydraulic steering and two equal length tie rod sleeves. I removed the clamp on the tie rod sleeve and opened up the gap slightly with a hammer and chisel, wd-40, and the propane torch. I can't get it to budge pounding on it or using big pipe wrenches in case there are threads I don't see. I took it completely off and heated it up real good with a bigger propane torch and tried again with no movement whatsoever. As I am without a welder at the moment, I plan to have the local shop weld it back together after I take out the inch of length which I guesstimated will get me close for weekend mowing. I would like to be able to adjust for toe though at some point in the future. Anyone know if I can find a universal tie rod sleeve so I can put in new threaded ends to get fine adjustment? I already called O'reilly Auto parts and they said they didn't have a universal kit. The shortest sleeve I can figure I could use is a 19" sleeve so that at least an inch of each tie rod end is threaded into the sleeve as I need a hole to hole length of 22 1/8th and the tie rod threaded ends are 3 1/8th from end to center.
If I need more than one inch of tie rod end threaded into the sleeve, somebody please tell me. Also, do I want any toe out when I align the front end in the drive? Wide front axle already has plenty of degrees of positive camber on each side and if I remember right, a fraction of an inch of toe makes cars track good and enter corners good. How much toe for a tractor using the tape measure or long 2x4 method? I have new tires up front so I want to make an effort to get it lined up good.
Thanks for any suggestions to get me going for the weekend and later with dialing in a better alignment.
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