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Old 10-30-2005, 03:25 PM   #1
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Keep in mind I am learning. I apologize in advance because I don't know the names of things and such...but I do my best.

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I ask because I was greasing my chassis the other day, and I just so happened to notice the "boot" that is in the pic. It appears to be very hard and it IS cracked. So what is it called, what does it do, and is it immenent that it be replaced?

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(Sorry the pic isn't the best...PJ took it )
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that pics pretty cluttered, but looks like the rear tie rod?

I would keep an eye on it.
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Well I know at the other end there is a zerk. I think someone said that there was a zerk on the tie rods on all 4 tires. I thought it was a typo...since I thought tie rods were a steering component. So, I guess what does a rear tie rod do? I would imagine it has to do with the alignment.
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It does affect alignment, and may also have been a design remnant (in that configuration you see) of the rear-steering that was planned but never executed.

If you look at the rear setup and geometry, you can see just how easy it would have been to implement rear steering.
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Get some hands on a couple donor bonne'* and see what we can do

Thank you thoguh.
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Search for the oldest topic here on "rear steering" for a good laugh. It was fricken hilarious.

http://www.bonnevilleclub.com/forum/...=rear+steering
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LOL, I totally believed it until about halfway through!
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That was pretty tempting to bump that thread back up. Nobody reads the dates anyways LOL
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Logan ..that boot is probably the dust boot for the inner tie rod. Not a big deal, it keeps dirt and debris out of the joint.
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Alright, just wanted to make sure it wasn't supposed to be packed with grease like a CV boot...obviously this is not a CV joint....
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