Here is my poor attempt at a write up. A big thanks to @Dick
, @DG Rider
, and @Holland
for the helpful posts and getting me going in the right direction.
Before we start, I take no responsibility for anything you do to your machine. If you don't feel confident after reading this, take it to the dealer.
That being said, this is a pretty easy and straightforward process. The dealer wanted around $300 to do this. I have $33 in parts and an hour of my time. I could probably do it again in 30 minutes.
Jack up the front and take off the wheel. Its clear that the tie rod is bent badly.
Loosen the lock nut using a 19mm wrench
Remove the cotter pin and the ball joint nut using a 17mm wrench
Remove the ball joint by unscrewing it. I counted 17 full turns on mine.
Remove the small clip on the boot with a pair of pliers. The service manual says to cut the metal clamp. You can't see it in the picture but it is on the far end of the boot. A new one from Honda is $3. Slide the boot towards you.
I used a pair of channel locks to loosen and remove the tie rod. It should look like this
Notice the lock washer on the left. The tie rods come with new ones .
Install the lock washer, NOT on the tie rod.
Using channel locks, I tightened the tie rod back. Slide the boot back up. I tried for 20 minutes to use the new metal band to no avail. i decided a zip tie would suffice. Here is the band and part number for those smarter than me.
Reattach the small clamp on the end of the boot nearest you. Reinstall the lock nut.
Then rethread the ball joint. 17 full turns back on in my case
Reinstall the ball joint nut and cotter pin.
Moral of this story, don't let your sister drive your Pioneer. I hope this is helpful. I'll try to answer any questions as best I can.