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post #1 of (permalink) Old 01-18-2005, 07:45 PM Thread Starter
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what drag link do i need to get to put a full width waggy into a cj?
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Probably have to make one.
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Yup, you will have to make one. Best way will be to go to high steer because if you look, your pitman arm/drag link connection will be behind your tie rod and will bind. Either that or get something like this to weld on top of your drag link. Sorry, cliky doesn't go to the piece, but look up the "y" block under steering componants.
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Those steering blocks tend to rotate the tie rod as the drag link pushes and pulls. To eliminate that, the draglink should bolt through the center of the tie rod.
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There is a TRE out there with a Hole already in it, I bought a reamer off of ebay and reamed it a bit more to acomadate a larger TRE.

I can get you the part number if you want it.
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And I have a tie rod and drag link from a FS Cherokee. You can have it if you can wait until the Bash. Or pay the shipping, but it's a heavy sucker.
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Re: dana 44 question

i have the drag link and tie rod, just not sure how it is gonna all work
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i have the drag link and tie rod, just not sure how it is gonna all work

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I think what you are questioning is the FS Waggy TREs are bigger than the CJ stuff.
Assuming you have Pwr Stg already and you have the 74-78 (or so) Steering linkage, you have a couple options.
Actually several, but this is what I have done.
Either get a pitman arm for a FS Waggy, which will fit your box and the Waggy drag link or get a drop pitmanarm for a CJ and ream it to fit the Waggy TRE.
NOTE: The FS Waggy drop arm is about an inch longer than the CJ drop arm. This will effect your turning radius and might let the draglink hit the tierod. Some of this is going to depend on if you are SOA, SUA, how much caster you have (related to the spring perches), etc. You will have to measure and or experiment to get the right choice for your particular set-up.

I have also seen & made draglinks that were CJ on the top and Waggy on the bottom, but I am not crazy about this route.
Got one on the floor at the shop now that I took out of a customer's Jeep. Scarey looking thing, it is.

Duzzat answer your question?
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Re: dana 44 question

Before I went soa and high steer on my CJ/waggie axle I used the CJ's dana 30 outer knuckles on the 44 housing. I still had to make a new tie rod/drag link because of the added width, but it was in the same configuration as the CJ's and I could reuse my old CJ's pitman arm. I had to grind off the brake mounting 'ears' on the CJ's knuckle, but I could use the waggie's bigger callipers and mounting brakets.
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Re: dana 44 question

To put a full size waggy 44 in the front, you will use the stock drag link and tie rod for that axle. You will then proceed to shorten the tie rod to the proper length. At that point you will grind the end down in order to fit a cj adjustment sleeve over it. Once the adjustment sleave is able to slide on, weld it up good. Now just put the stock tie rod end in and your done. I ran this way for years.
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