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**DONOTDELETE** 03-02-2002 05:52 AM

I need to know what is the proper name of the tool that ream's the hole's for the GM, tie rod ends for a 1/2 ton pick-up & what size it is.


Jim_Lou 03-02-2002 06:15 AM

Re: Reamer
I went through that search a few weeks ago, and here's what I did. My parts house had the specs on the stud for the tie rod end I was using. It was just over 0.50" on the small end, and tapered at the rate of 1.5" per foot. I couldn't find the right reamer at any of my machine tool suppliers, so I had a tool sharpener modify a used end mill to the right size and taper. It cost $45, including the used end mill. It did a perfect job.

The tool has a 3/4" shank, though, so it has to be used in a milling machine or a very large drill press. I don't think it could be used very well as a hand reamer because of the agressive cutting geometry. A tool sharpener could grind the shank down, though.

Since then I have heard, but not verified, that Snap On has a tapered reamer for the purpose. I suspect that the 1.5" per foot taper is pretty much standard for tie rod ends and ball joint studs, with the difference being in the size of the hole.

I hope this helps.


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Jeeplvr 03-02-2002 11:16 AM

Re: Reamer
When you click this link, look at the bottom of the page. This is the reamer I bought. It works great and very good quality. You only need a 1/2" drill.
Click for stock car products reamer

ozarkjeep 03-02-2002 01:21 PM

Re: Reamer
search the onlione stock car ( race car shops) shops, they sell them as 1 1 /2 inch per foot tapered reamer, GM large size I think they call it.

usually $79 or so.


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