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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 06-15-2007, 07:03 AM Thread Starter
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Steering tie rod ends

Recently replaced 4 tie end ball joints on my Duetto. The catellated nuts are secured with a cotter pin . The hole in the joint end is 5/64" The only cotters I can find are 1/16" or 3/32". The 1/16" is to small and 3/32" are to large.
What do you guys do. I have some .032 safety wire that could be used if two strand are inserted but would rather find the proper size cotter

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Stainless steel safety wire is as good or better than any cotter pin, especially if you have the twisting pliers to properly install it.

The idea is to stop the nut from backing off from vibration, not lock it like loctite or a jamnut in that specific position until it's taken apart again.

That aside, I picked up a couple of those generic packs of cotters you see that have a few different sizes in them on the parts shelf and got all I needed from there + spares for other projects.

Another option would be the 'safety pin' style pins, but those need to be checked with a bit of regularity to see if they popped loose or interfere with surrounding stuff.




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I just use the largest cotter pin I have around that fits. If the nut is tightened fully, I've never had one come loose.

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