There is no need to remove the tie rod. I didnt and for the race of the bearings one of the bearing has a bigger lip than the other knock that one out first with a hammer and a punch then have some one smooth sailing for the other one. The needle bearing i tapped it with a sharp chisel and it broke right out.

2001 sporty, tj rear springs with rav4 shocks, ford alloys machined centers with 30x9.5x15, front spacers. more upgrades to come.