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Make my own tie rod sleeve?

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Posted by 68Case440 on September 19, 2012 at 18:49:39 from (

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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