I was adjusting my toe-in and noticed there is a lot of up and down movement on the tie rod ends even when the spindle bolts are tightened securely. Should there be thrust washers of some kind to fill this gap?
I saw the same thing, so I added a thin washer on each side of mine. No adverse effects in five years of operation.
Just be sure that the washer is thin enough to allow free movement, you don't want things to get bound up.
I thought it needed something.
Also keep the washer OD small so that it doesn't stick way out and look obvious.
Mike, I make new tie rod end bushes from old kingpin bushes. The head of the kingpin bush can be machined down in diameter and thickness. The thickness is machined to suit the gap. The bush is installed with the head to the bottom so the weight of the tie rod is taken on this thrust face.
Hope this helps.
Allan from down under.
Sounds like a good idea.