ADD Tie Rod Kit installation instructions

Ford F150 Raptor Series Tie Rod Conversion Kit Installation Instructions

These instructions are provided as a courtesy for customers installing the ADD Tie Rod kit along with our ALcon Big Brake Kit for Ford Raptor and F150


You can download the full instructions with diagrams here

1. Disconnect the negative terminal on the battery. Park the vehicle on level ground and set the emergency brake.

2. Raise your vehicle and support it with jack stands. Never work under an unsupported vehicle.

3. We recommend reading through the installation instructions in whole before performing the work.

4. You will need the following tools:

a. Ratchet

b. 3/4” Socket & Wrench

c. 13/16” Socket

d. 15/16” Socket & Wrench

e. Crescent Wrench

f. 5/8” Ream or Drill Bit

g. Drill Note: this installation requires 2 people for best results

5.  Included in Kit: 

2      – Assembled Tie Rods (Outer Tie Rod End and Sleeve)

2      – Spindle Posts

2      – Washers – 5/8”

4      – Flex Lock Nut – 5/8”-18

4      – Tie Rod Adapter Post Spacer – 1/4” Thick

1      – Nut – 5/8”-18  

1. Remove the nut holding your OEM outer tie rod in place, then pop the ball joint free from the spindle.
2. Loosen the OEM alignment nut, then use a crescent wrench to spin the OEM outer tie rod assembly off of the OEM inner tie rod end. Leave the alignment nut on the threaded post of the inner tie rod.
3. Repeat Steps 1 & 2 on the opposite side of the vehicle.  



1. Thread your new ADD Assembled Tie Rod End onto the threaded post of the OEM inner tie rod end. 
2. Ream out the factory tie rod end location using a 5/8” Ream (a Drill Bit works if there is no Ream available).

3. Place the supplied Spindle Post into the newly reamed tie rod end location.
4. Place the supplied 5/8” Washer (x1) and the Gold NON-locking 5/8” Nut (x1) onto the bottom of the ADD Spindle Post.

5. Set the taper by tightening the newly installed 5/8” Non-Locking Nut until the post is fully seated in the spindle.
6. Place two of the supplied 1/4” Thick Spacers and the Tie Rod End onto the Spindle Post.

7. Install one of the supplied 5/8” Flex Locking Nuts onto the top of the Spindle Post. Tighten once it is in place.
8. Remove the 5/8” Gold Non-Locking Nut from the bottom of the post and replace it with the new 5/8” Flex Locking Nut. Tighten once the Flex Locking Nut is in place. Set aside the Gold Non-Locking Nut for installation on the other side of the vehicle.
9. Repeat the entire process on the other side of the truck. 

10. ADD recommends doing a rough alignment before tightening your alignment nuts (Heim Jam Nuts). 
11. A front end alignment is required after the installation of this product.  12. Stand back and enjoy your new ADD Tie Rod Kit. 13. Check and re-tighten if needed, all mounting bolts after 100 miles and periodically thereafter.

Video - Installing an Alcon Honda S2000 brake kit

Rob and Karla of the GT Channel install an Alcon-Paragon Big Brake Kit on Karla's Honda S2000 track car.  Note the completeness of the kit.  No additional components are required.  


Using brake temperature paint

Controlling brake rotor temperatures is the easiest way to improve lap times, by allowing the brake pads and rotors to operate in their optimal temperature range, therefore increasing the frictional coefficient and decreasing stopping distances. Rotor and pad temperatures greatly affect the braking performance of the vehicle.

Most race and semi-race compound pads require a temperature range of 300° to 800° C (572° to 1470° F) for optimal braking performance. This Brake Temperature Paint delivers the widest temperature range in one bottle. Temperature readings ranging from 0° to 800°+ C (0° to 1471° F) are displayed over a six color change from cold to hot.

Simply apply paint evenly to a clean, grease free surface, allowing to dry to touch, and to remove used paint off of surface, use a disposable towel or rag and wipe off remaining paint material. Brake temperature color code guide on the bottle for quick temperature reference.


PRO-TIP: Shop our temperature monitoring PAINT AND STRIPS here:


Know your brake temperature and use it as a guidline for compound change/modification to improve the longevity of your brake components and lap time.


Alcon Road Kit Bobbin Assembly Instructions

Assembly Procedure - This is for Alcon Extreme brake kits with the semi-gloating style Bobbins.

1. Insert bushing into the aluminum hat and press in.

2. Insert wavo springs into location diameter on every other bushing so that there are an even spread of springs. Ensure correct orientation of spring (see fig.1).

3. Insert bobbin into bushing and push the bobbin through so that it engages with the disc.

4. Push bolt through bobbin.

5. Apply a small amount of thread retainer, (Loctite 243 Blue) enough to cover 2-4 threads, to portion of bolt protruding from the disc. Hand assemble a nut onto each bolt so that they are finger tight.

6. Tighten the nuts (not the bolt) in a start sequence.   Tightening Torques: M6 10-11 nM or  7.4-8.1 ftl-lbs

7. Apply a small amount of red paint to the end of each bolt to indicate that the nuts have been torqued correctly.

8. Ensure that all the springs are located under the bobbin flange and located securely in the recess of the bushing and not trapped between the bobbin flange and the bell.

STaSIS Assembly Instructions for Rotor Hats

All information contained in this article are the property of STaSIS engineering and are provided as a courtesy to AlconKits customers.  If you do not feel comfortable with these instructions we would encourage you to contact one of our service partners.  You can bring in your vehicle or send in the rotors and hardware for service.  See our lists of service providers nearest you here:  AlconKits Installers and Service Providers.


Tools Required:

  • Vice
  • In-lb Torque Wrench
  • 5/16” socket
  • 7/16” open end wrench or socket

Torque Specs for NAS Nuts: 120 in-lbs


Special Notes: Note orientation of mounting hardware in figure 1. Install Bellville washers on every other bolt, and note washer orientation as seen in figure 2.



Refer to the to the diagrams below. Note the orientation of the Belleville washers.  They are located on the Bobbin.  The Belleville washers are designed to provide spring force against the rotor to prevent rattling of the rotor and float capability.




Note the parts used for your rotor installation.

1. Insert bolts (1) into Bobbins (2)

2. Install Belleville washers (3) onto bobbins (2) as shown in figure 1.

3. Insert Bolts/Bobbin/Washer assembly into the rotor as shown in figure 2.

4. Install hardened washers (4) onto bolts on the outside of the rotor

5. Place hat over bolts.  The hardened washers may create a gap.

6. Install jet nuts onto bolts over hats and tighten loosely by hand.

7. Torque jet nuts in a star pattern to final torque.  (120-in-lbs).

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