do u have any close up pics of the tapered part of the inner rod... I recently opened up my boot to lube it up and the joint as seen in ur 5th pic (step 11 just below the 2inch mark on ur measuring tape) looks worn out and grinded down to a point where it is almost too weak to support any much more driving and could possibly snap in less than a few thousand miles. I was wondering if u had a close up pic of that joint on ur new rods so I would be able to tell if mine is worn more than normal.
great diy and I was thinking of using zip ties but wasn't sure if it was good to use em and I got hose clamps from home depot for 30 cents each...
did u replace urs due to any noise caused by them being old or worn or for another reason???