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Spicer/Dana Steer Axle Tie Rods

Discussion in 'Shop Talk' started by willie59, Oct 4, 2016.

  1. willie59

    willie59 Super Moderator

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    Spicer/Dana makes a drive/steer axle that's very common on a number of brands and models of off road equipment, especially telehandlers. I have one in the shop right now with a common problem to these axles, the seal boots that seal the ball joints on the steering tie rods fail long before the ball joint fails, grease/lubrication is lost, dirt and moisture enter the ball joint, destruction on the way in short order. So far I haven't found a source for the seals alone, you have to purchase the complete tie rod unit. On this particular telehandler (brand doesn't matter) replacement tie rods from the OEM were $650 a piece, for 4 of them that's a chunk of change.

    I called my local TransAxle distributor, they have a store here in town, and many locations across the country. I knew they were a Spicer/Dana distributor. I got the genuine Spicer/Dana ties rods for $325 each. Bonus for me, the Spicer/Dana distribution center is just about 80 miles from me in Cookville TN, and the UPS hub for E TN is right here in Knoxville, so I got them overnight without having to pay next day delivery charges. Sweet! So if you have a Spicer/Dana steer axle, get the numbers off the tag on the axle and give TransAxle a shot at it, they saved me a bunch of money on this go around.

    http://www.transaxle.com/
     
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  2. willie59

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    Looks similar to the case 580 backhoe ever since we put solid tires on ours they seem to break more often
     
  4. andymfell

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    ball joint dust seals

    Over here in the UK there are companies that produce spare dust seals / rubber boots

    there is a requirement in the countries annual vehicle safety inspection that if a rubber balljoint boot is split it is a test failure



    www.balljointboots.co..uk
    www.southwalesprops.co.uk/propshaft/consumables/ball_joint.htm
    www.mecatech.co.uk/line/6-ball-joint-covers.html
    www.bailcast.com/ball-joint-dust-covers/


    this company in California produce boots for motorsport applications
    www.energysuspension.com/universal-products/tie-rod-end-dust-boots.html
    this is a stockist
    www.autozone.com/suspension-steering-tire-and-wheel/ball-joint-boot

    there is a company from Bulgaria that has an Ebay shop
    http://dustboots.eu/
    there is a pdf catalogue that lists sizes


    hopefully you can find something that fits your tie rod application cheaper than replacing the whole assembly
     
  5. PopArcher

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    A family member running logging trucks and gear swears by only pumping one shot of grease in a new one and never greasing it again extended the service lift on his gear. His thought process was to never lift the seal by over greasing.
     
  6. DoyleX

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    Have done this for years. Fuller #10427 Boot. Super stretchy, durable and cost effective. Any truck shop will have it.
     
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    Thanks for that reply DoyleX. That's not the same seal boots that are used on these tie rod ends, although they may work as a suitable alternative. Interesting. :)
     
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    Numbfingers Well-Known Member

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    I just ordered three axle shafts from a Dana distributor for their 213 series axles, common on telehandlers. $733 from Dana, $1700 from Genie. Quite a markup! Good info on those boots!