Global West Suspension manufactures tubular tie rod adjusting sleeves for the 1967 and 1968 Firebird; these are commonly used for performance applications. The sleeves provide a 360 degree, full-thread engagement around the inner and outer tie rod threads. They are locked in position with jam nuts. When tightened, the jam nuts stop the sleeve from rotating. Use an open-end wrench to turn the sleeve for adjustments.The Global West Advantage:
- Easy adjustment
- No special tools required
- Steel construction
Unlike the factory sleeves, no special tools are required to adjust them. They won't come loose when tightened correctly and they help prevent any dirt or water from collecting in the thread which can impair adjustments.Why do you need tubular sleeves?
Tubular sleeves are needed mainly when hard cornering, the load on the steering linkage is high. Global West has seen factory sleeves loosen at the clamp. This damages the threads in the sleeve and allows the alignment toe setting to change. Tubular sleeves engage along the entire sleeve giving the best holding ability and reducing any chance of thread slippage.