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Heim Joint Steering Question..

OK.. i have the flat top knuckles.. they are off of a 75 wagoneer.. got a good deal on these at our other 4x shop.. so.. here is my new delema.. or should i say "issue".. we have no machine shops within 50 miles with a ream for the tie rod ends.. ugh.... so..
was considering heim joints.. but i will be driving this everyday.. and also taking several long trips per year in it.. anybody have any ideal how these joints will hold up? or for that matter.. are they too loose for the highway?
any input apreciated..

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Re: Heim Joint Steering Question..

I'm useing them, they seem real tight, use a gd 8 bolt and a real good locknut, and you'll need a small spacer on each side of the ball (if the rod rotates much in it's travel)...I use a socket head bolt, and a lockwasher for the spacer. I like "stover" style locknuts.

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Re: Heim Joint Steering Question..

I'm also considering heim jointed steering linkage; another thing I was wondering about is the plain steel heims versus the ones with the teflon (which are much more expensive). Is that teflon worth the extra $$. I saw that MORE sells them for 32.50 a pop.

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Rodendsupply.com Good prices, I paid $28/ea for mine (19 of them)...
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Don't get the greasable ones either.

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Re: Heim Joint Steering Question..

my buddies and I are doing hi clearance cross over D44 steering on 3 different jeeps, using heims we are going to get from QA1, I think they were 16/ea, same ones RE is using.

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Re: Heim Joint Steering Question..

I hate to even start this again, but I wouldnt scrimp here, the reamer is $85 from speedway motors. just buy it and split the cost with a buddy and do it right.

OR find the local stock car shop , they will have the proper reamer, and itll cost little.

I found a truck shop locally before I stumbled upon the stock car shop, that had the right reamer.



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How would I adapt heim joints to a '95 Wrangler with a D30? I need a new tierod anyway, but how would I connect the draglink?

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Re: Heim Joint Steering Question..

im with you on this ozark.. but.. we have squanto around here.. nobody has one.. the only way ill be able to do it right is to buy the reamer myself.. and for 85 bucks.. mmmmmm... im thinking of it..
im not worried about the hiem joints being to weak.. im worried about what they will "feel" like driving on the road..
something else that came to me... was to have a sleeve machined out.. to slip down into the straight hole.. and the sleeve would have the proper angle in it..
i can get machine work done for next to nothing.. so.. this is appealing.. im going to talk to the guy today.. and see what he can do..

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Re: Heim Joint Steering Question..

hey, i have a couple different tapered reamers, your welcome to use. i'll be in havelock in 2 weeks and again in 3 weeks. could bring them with me and drop them at chris's house.
but i thought with the flat top knuckles you would be getting them machined and bolting "arms" to the top of both?


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Re: Heim Joint Steering Question..

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Here's a pic of the Currie D44 and Nationals I just put in "The Princess" from Dan Brown's last year's ARCA rig.
This and the drag link hemi joints are all straight through drills.
We had to re-drill the taper in my dropped pitman arm (below) for the install.
The heavy duty crown nuts can be installed either up or down depending on which end is closer to the ground (rocks).
These took a real beating over the last two seasons and are still tighter than a tick !!!



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