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Ok so I'm a total noob when it comes to working on my '90 s13, but I want to learn and do all the work myself!

I just installed spl outer tie rod ends + tein z33 inners but I have a few questions...

1. According to spl's instructions "When getting the car aligned, please adjust toe by turning the inner tie rod. Do not turn the tie rod end buckle, this will not adjust toe." Won't turning the inner tie rod unscrew it from the steering rack? I'm confused...

2. Does the outer end have to be screwed all the way into the inner?

3. I adjusted the length of my new setup to the stock setup before I installed it just by unscrewing the outer end with the bearing. Is this wrong?

4. Right now my wheels look like this... \ | (as if facing forward standing on the hood looking down) I forgot to match the stock setup length on the passenger side to the new setup, could that be why? This goes back to question 3, I'm afraid I adjusted the drivers side wrong.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!
 

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i would adjust the outer and inner rodends the same but to where it as closely resembles the stock length. to figure out the length it will be measured from the center of the rod end holes not from end to end. this way you know it will be adjusted right. and when you get it aligned take the instructions up there with you and they should use it as a guideline to get it set properly. if you have any more questions please ask on here or pm me.
 

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1. No the mean Turning the Rod. When you install the inners your suppose to have a Locking tab and thread lock also. If you look at the rod it should have a sort of Hex part on it for you to use a wrench to turn. The rod will turn independently of the inside end.

2. No, try to match them to what your stock ones looked like and go have it aligned. Your not gonna align it at home unless you have an alignment rack.

3. Not the outside end, the inside end that threads to the inner tie-rod. Unscrew the outter end with the bearing and your gonna snap the end right off while your driving...

4. Make the wheel straight, lock it. Eye the wheels as best as you can. again your not gonna align it at home.
 

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4. Make the wheel straight, lock it. Eye the wheels as best as you can. again your not gonna align it at home.
To get it close and make it driveable, look up "stringing" your car. It will get you close and make it driveable. This is the easiest DIY aligment that I have found.
 

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^Yeah but I figured if he has to ask something like this he's probably not up to the task, you know? No offense to the OP or anything.
 

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Thanks a lot guys! I'm gonna go try to get everything straight and just get it to an alignment shop. I checked out some stuff on stringing the car and it looks simple enough for toe.

1. No the mean Turning the Rod. When you install the inners your suppose to have a Locking tab and thread lock also. If you look at the rod it should have a sort of Hex part on it for you to use a wrench to turn. The rod will turn independently of the inside end.
I just used the included spacer which gives "more steering angle", I don't need the locking flange anymore right?
 

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No but you should put some thread locker to prevent it from backing out.
 
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