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post #1 of (permalink) Old 04-02-2008, 09:33 PM Thread Starter
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Pitman/Tie Rod Reamer

I received my high steer arms and did some test fitting. The tapered holes for the GM tie rod ends are no quite big enough. I won't be able to get the cotter key through the castle nut the way they are now. I thought I had a local place that could ream them a small amount, but their reamer is not big enough.

I do have machine shops locally, but am thinking that the cost to have one of them enlarge the holes will be almost as much as the cost to purchase a reamer.

Does anyone here have the correct taper reamer that they would borrow or rent to me? I have taken time off next week to install high steer and need to decide if I should buy one soon.

2nd question: I've found the correct reamer on e-bay for about $62.00. Does anyone know of a cheaper resource for them?

Any info or suggestions are welcome.

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IIRC, over on JU there's a guy, or two, that will pass on around for projects like yours. It's been floating around a couple of years.
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I seem to have lost mine, or misplaced it. I got mine from Ebay, I think the company was Xcut? it has done several knuckles and pitman arms.

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Tie Rod taper is 1 1/2" per foot.

About half way down on this page is a list of reamer sources and links. Mr N's Great link with lots of info.

Also try McMasterCar, Granger, MSC, and Enco. $40 is about the cheapest I have seen.

Turn the reamer slow!!! Very low speed drill or Drill Press or by hand. Turning to fast will burn the cutting edges off of the reamer making it junk. This will happen almost instantly if turned to fast so take your time and go slow. And use lots of lube, a sulferized cutting oil is best, "Tapmatic" is a common brand usually found in the Pipe threading section of Hardware stores.

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I'm sure that you figured this out already, but figured I would add my recent experiences...

The GM Tie rod ends and Draglink ends both use the same 7degree taper, if everything I read and calculated is correct. However, the Draglink end has a bigger diameter by almost 0.1". The draglink ends are supposedly good for about 60degrees of motion.

The draglink ends are 2026 and 2027. One is left the other is right, I forget. As you can guess by now, my recent experience is that I purchased all draglink ends because it was easy at the parts store, it turned into a few frustrating nights trying to figure out why things did not fit like they were supposed to...

I ended up with a snapon 7deg taper (well real close to 7degree), I forget the part number.

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I had no idea about the drag link ends... guess what I bought? Anyway, I purchased a reamer and it should be here tomorrow. I would have had to do the pitman arm anyway and it was looking as if I was going to have to use a full blown machine shop to get things reamed. Jeep owners around here and within my close knit group are multiplying so it will eventually get more use (for a beverage fee maybe).

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