I did my 87 GT about 6months ago and this is how I did mine!
**I WOULD REPLACE BOTH INNER AND OUTER TIEROD ENDS ON BOTH SIDES BECAUSE ALIGNMENT WILL BE REQUIRED AFTERWARDS!!!**
First buy the new inner tie rod and if you don't have a huge wrench take the new tie rod with you to your tool store and match up the longest wrench they have (Mine is about 1-1/2 feet long). **I tried getting an inner tierod remover tool and no one had the proper one to loan and to buy one at Napa it was very expensive for a onetime job (like 80.00 or something) so I opted for the cheaper wrench route!
**Point wheels straight ahead**
1.Lift car and place it on jack stands and remove tire.
2.Remove the steering stabilizer,stabilizer stud and boot support.
3.Remove the castle nut from the outer tie rod end
4.Use an outer tie rod end remover (get one of the SOLID "U" shaped ones with the bolt in it) it's much easier to use and remove the outer tie rod end from the knuckle with one of these.
5.Cut the inner tie rod end boot clamp and slide the boot down the tie rod shaft.
6.Now use the big wrench on the inner tierod end and loosen it (I can't remember if I used a wrench or vise-grips to hold the rack piston or not...it's been awhile).
**Mine loosened pretty easily even though it looked like it was rusted fast to the rack**
If you are replacing both inner and outer tierod ends don't remove the outer end from the inner tierod (you can get a rough estimate of how far to to adjust the new outer tierod end onto the new inner tierod with this unit in one peice) !
If you opt to reuse the old outer tierod end then undo the jam bolt and unscrew the outer tierod end from the inner (count the revolutions so you can get the adjustment pretty close when you install it on the new inner)!
7.Slip the boot on the new inner tierod replace old or install the new outer tierod end (counting the revolutions..as noted earlier). Don't forget the jam bolt!
8.Screw the new inner tierod into the rack and tighten it!
9.Slip the boot back into position and use a large hose clamp, zip-tie or new clamp (what ever you choose).
10.Reinstall the the outer tierod end onto the knuckle and install the castle nut (don't tighten yet).
11.Install the boot support, stabilizer stud and steering stabilizer.
12.Replace tire and lower vehicle.
13.Check to make sure tire is pointing straight (or in the same direction as the other tire). If not adjust the tierod end until the tire is.
Repeat proceedure for other side and GET THE FRONT END ALIGNED!!!!
Hope I didn't let anything out (as mentioned eariler it has been awhile and i'm going by memory alone)!
[This message has been edited by camon (edited 03-12-2004).]