The new tie rod bolt bushings I got are .675" OD. The old bushings are .694" OD, so the new ones just drop through.
I ordered some 3/4 x 1/2 bushings from McMaster and will turn them down on the lathe. The tie rod bolts from the supplier were OK, but the bushings weren't even close.
Good tie rod bolt bushings can be made from old spindle bushings.
I have a few n.o.s. ones not many but a few for sale, Bob
If the bushings are that far off I would contact the vendor and tell them to check the rest. They usually will do that.
This is a good time to remind a vendor about this so the supplier can be notified of the error.
Usually the steel bushings are split, so it's easy to make them wider until they fit firm in the steering arm. But of course, then maybe they get a too big inner diameter - how much play would there be then with a new tie rod bolt? Is it the same as the outer difference of .694"-.675"=0.019"? That would be way too much..
I ALWAYS buy brass bushings for everything. I don't wish to wear out my NOS tie rod bolts!
I got brass ones from Lang's a while back, after the first vendor sent me the crappy split steal ones.
I got a reply (below) from the vendor (Langs) today. Thanks to them for recognizing the problem and working to solve it.
I see what you mean. All of the bushings in our 2718RE kits are too small. Ill have to talk with our supplier to fix it. All of our other kits are the right size. Im getting the right size at more at .687 which matches some parts drawings I have here.
R V's tip is a good one. Not only do you save the cost of a new bush, but portion of the head of the king pin bush can be left on to compensate for wear on the tie rod ends and to leave a thrust face to take the weight of the tie rod.
Allan from down under.
Good for Langs to solve the issue. This is a good example how we need to respond to the vendors to correct an issue. It makes the hobby only better.