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Old 11-19-2008, 06:41 AM
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Stainless Steel MustangII Tie Rod Ends

I have a chrome MustangII rack and pinion. I was searching for stainless steel tie rod ends and found these:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Musta...31210004r20470

Just wondering if these are imported trash or should I just pay a little more and purchase these from Heidts:

http://www.heidts.com/index.cfm/page...240/prd240.htm

Also what do you guys do with the tie rods. Have a nice chrome rack with polished ends but the tie rods are plain. Can't powder coat or chrome them. Paint them?

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I'm sure Heidt's gets them the same place the ebaY guy does. They don't make that stuff.

I don't understand why you can't chrome the rods. I did w/ no problem.

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I don't understand why you can't chrome the rods. I did w/ no problem.
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I just assumed that they could not be chromed due to the joint at one end. Guess what they say about "assume" is true - at least in my case.
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Stainless is generally not a material that is suitable for stressed components like suspension and steering linkage. While it is tough (like to drill) it is also soft. I would question the durability of a part like this and would want to know the alloy it is made from. Not having a history on a part that is as critical as a tie-rod end would make me nervous.
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I always just chrome the stock steel ones. There are grades of stainless that meet the requirements or parts like this.
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I always just chrome the stock steel ones. There are grades of stainless that meet the requirements or parts like this.
Excuse my ignorance but how do you get the tie ends chromed with the ball joint and all. Are they able to be disassembled?
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Nope. They just mask the parts that don't get plated. Any shop can handle the job.
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Hello, in my opinion the stainless material does not corrode and it is suitable for many applications and its main feature refers to its high temperature properties, because at elevated temperature it does not scale.
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