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Old 12 Mar 2016, 02:34 pm
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Default Re: Watts-Link or Bellcrank Replacement

the tie rod ends on the link bars appear to be crimped on...I just bought the watts link and both bars from Rock Auto....ordered arrived 2 days later and it was $78 with shipping
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Old 13 Mar 2016, 07:07 pm
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Default Re: Watts-Link or Bellcrank Replacement

I did this 2 weeks ago and it is much easier to remove the entire watts link and both tie rod arms that connect to it as 1 unit. Installation as a new 3 piece unit with all new watts link and both tie rod arms was very quick. I also used a cordless impact wrench to speed things up.
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Old 26 Jul 2017, 10:10 am
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Default Re: Watts-Link or Bellcrank Replacement

Great write up. I replaced the Watts link a couple of days ago. It wasn't too difficult.

- replace Watts link only
- supported the rear axle on jack stands. This allows you to put a ratchet on the bottom bolt once the center bolt is out.
- the nut on the center bolt was 21mm (odd!)
- had to use a impact on the bottom bolt

Thanks everyone. Your experiences made this job pretty easy.

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