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TTB Steering Update.
Factory tubular can make me two adjusting sleeves approx. 9 inches long to thread onto the existing drag link and tie rod. Cost is aprox. $85 shipped and the 3/4 inch hiems $99.44.
The sleeves will be made out of DOM tubing and will beef the stock stuff at the ends and I have already welded angle on the drag link and tie rod down to the threads. I can replace the ball joint at the pitman arm and where the tie rod ties into the drag link when they go bad with Heims. So this set-up should last the life of the vehicle (no more buying the whole drag link and tie rod because the joint goes bad). I will just have to replace heim ends all of them 3/4 so I can carry extra.. It's not cheap but less expensive than a Superrunner set-up which gets mixed reviews and much stronger than stock.
When I get this done and swap in the D50 slip yoke, I might have a bullet proof D44 IFS!
I was looking at running 3/4 ton chevy tie rod ends. they have a larger taper. You could taper from the top of the steering knuckle and get a good tight fit all the way through the knuckle. You still need custom sleeves to thread into and the taper drill bit.
If you drill from the top with the stock taper and flip your stock tie rod ends you are gonna have a taper that only contacts halfway through the knuckle. You might try to fill the space, but I don't think that is the way to go. No sleeve needed, gotta buy the taper bit, and would it loosen-up over time????? This would be the least expensive way to go but I don't want take the risk. I would not suggest doing this.
Thanks to Shilo, Predator OffRoad and Factory Tubular for working with me on this. I will update this post with pics when I get this done. I'm running 37's with 6 inches of spring lift and drop pitman arm. This mod should beef the steering by making the drag link and tie rod run parallel to the axles (Less stress on rods and joints), the addition of material (welded on 1/4 X 1 inch angle and the DOM tubing sleeves), and the addition of stonger Heim joints. I hope this is not just another expense, on the already long list to make D44 IFS work, only to go with a SAS. I could reuse the heim joints, but he sleeves, probably not.