07V6 EX-L Chicago
I got a 3 year alignment package, expecting doing several suspension items. On the alignment rack, the toe was still borderline within spec, after doing inner/outer tie rods.Thanks for the info. I'll get a better idea on the bellows clamps when I've taken them off. I may just use cable ties, as that's what seems to come with many bellows now. So you didn't need to get an alignment at all? I'd prefer not to myself. I'd rather keep that money.
Yes, you can DIY toe adjustment and steering wheel centering, accurate enough not ruining your tires. I've done that for years without issues with a laser measure and two boards. However, sometimes it's tedious to do the centering: drive on the highway. Get off to adjust. Then back on the highway, ..... If you haven't done this before, you need an alignment after tie rod replacement.
Here is the OEM Oetiker clamp. The trick to reuse it is: use a screwdriver to spread the pinched portion to release most of the tension, and carefully unhook it by prying up the bigger teeth. When reinstalling, you need to bend the bigger teeth back and use a not-so-sharp cutter to re-pinch the clamp.