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Inner Tie Rod End (ITRE) Immobilization tool

Cal Van makes a "ITRE" removal tool (AVAILABLE @ AZ, Etc. and Sears.)
that will suffice to Immobilize Your Steering "RacK" Whilst R+R-ing the ITRE.
[So that the Torque of the R+R doesn't damage your "Pinion" Gear in the
Steering.] [The Cal Van Tool will be available @ AZ for about $19.00 USD]

[Moog cautions against R+R-ing the ITRE WITHOUT Counter-Holding the
"Rack"]

[The Haines "Book of Lies" suggests using a large adjustable wrench on the
"Teeth" of the "Rack" as a CounterHold...
FORGET THAT. An invitation to Disaster!]

Most Pro Techs use a very expensive Snap-On tool.

My Rack is a "Toothed" Stainless Bar that measures ALMOST 1 " in Diameter.
The Cal van Tool cranks down to about 1".
So,to make up the difference in Diameter, I cut a 1" Galvanized Nipple
in half Lengthways.AND used Tye Wraps to secure it to the "Rack" while
I applied and tightened the Cal Van Tool.
The "Rack" ain't going anywhere with the use of a 3/8 Breaker Bar as
Counterhold.

The last picture is of the Cal Van Tool in use (On the Driver's Side of the
Chassis) with a 3/8 ratchet resting against the upper side of the Subframe
during R+R of the Driver's side ITRE.
 

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I am going to try this method tomorrow, with the harbor freight tool. I have got a 1"x close galvanised. I left my rotary tool at home, it's not accessible for this project. Any good way to cut it length-wise?

_update_

Never mind. Lowes has a BLUE HAWK rotary tool accessory kit for $5. I'll "chunk" in a drill to cut it.

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Now, just to confirm, is the immobilization tool suppose to clamp onto to the smooth or Grooved part of the rack?






Update
Here's what it looks like with my immobilization tool setup and ite removed.


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