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Hg and hq tie Rod ends.

Hi guys, I fitted a new set of tie rods and tie Rod ends (from resto country) to a late model hg recently and seem to be having an issue with the tie rod ends not tightening into the steering arms. The taper on the tie rod ends doesn't seem big enough for that in the steering arms and as a result when you tighten up the nut on the tie rod ends, it runs out of thread and the nut bottoms out before the tie rod is actually a tight fit in the joint. Seems worse on one side that the other. Bought another tie rod end from another supplier to see if any difference and nope, exactly the same. I thought the steering arms were worn out (and may well be..), but I've since noticed that the brakes have vented rotors, which is different to my hg - mine has solid discs and both are factory 6cyl cars. Anyway I'm wondering if that means this car has hq brakes fitted and therefore is running hq stubs and steering arms? Are hg and hq tie rod ends the same taper? Does one need to use hq tie rod ends if the car has hq brakes and such? Any thoughts appreciated.

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"Late" HG and HQ-WB use identical tie rods and ends, same part numbers and all. Are you using that type, with the female threaded ends? It sounds like you are. The "early" type are 11/16 taper and "late" are 9/16. Given that you say it is a late model HG you would think the late type would fit if it has the original steering arms fitted or even if it has HQ arms, the taper is the same. I'd say it either has early type steering arms fitted or more likely someone in a pinch has reamed the late ones out, given that you say one side is tighter than the other.

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Do you have the old tie rod joints that were removed from the steering arm? Were they a tight fit? I don't think the tapers should have worn if correctly tightened. It sounds like you need to measure what was removed to get the correct size - could the arm have been reamed in the past? Does the arm have a part number on it to try and identify model?

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So how i read this is .. you have a late built HG and late HG tie rods aint fitting as they should. Yeah ?
If so then perhaps a component change in a previous life ? Have you got an old HT/early HG tie rod laying around to try ?

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