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post #1 of (permalink) Old 09-02-2001, 11:38 AM
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Steering mod screwup---heim jt for ovrhd drg lnk??

Ok, so I was pondering purchasing a drop pitman arm to correct the drag link angle after the 4" lift and new shackles were installed. And as I looked at the jeep, it looked like flipping the drag link to the top side of the knuckle would correct the steering about perfectly. I obtained the proper size and angle reamer bit to re-drill the hole, and here's the rub. I didn't wholly think this through, so the hole is now shaped hourglass...the top is reamed out (by me) and the bottom is reamed out from the original the drag link is only in contact with half the original area. I'm not very happy with this. So I've been thinking of drilling the hole out and removing the taper, and replacing the long part of the drag link with a heim joint atop the knuckle and a long rod of some sort that would thread into the adjustment sleeve on the tie rod end that attaches to the pitman arm. Any problems with that? Where would I look for something like that (parts wise)?? As a side question, I thought I remembered someone mentioning sleeves that you can buy that are a consistent OD, but have the proper angle hole drilled in the center---that can be inserted into the knuckle and used with a standard drag link. Or am I making that up? Any other ideas? Anyone?

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Re: Steering mod screwup---heim jt for ovrhd drg lnk??

A couple people I know have actually done this, drilled the hole out, made a new drag link with heim joint on the knuckle side and tie rod end on the other, then some that have replaced the tre's all together with heim joints. These are all trailer queens, but steering and longetivity haven't suffered.

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Re: Steering mod screwup---heim jt for ovrhd drg lnk??

I have heims on mine, but just on the center link. I wanted to flip the center link so it would not hit my spring over. The heims do have some wear in them now, at 30k miles. I would rather have a conventional tie rod end at the drag link because of the angles involved under full droop. If it were me, I would just keep an eye on them for looseness. You could always see if you could go bigger on the tie rod end. Look at some from a Chevy's 44, they are quite a bit larger. The thread pitch on them is 7/8-18. I believe that the threads on your ends now are 3/4-16, or even 3/4-18. The 3/4 heim joints come in 3/4-16, so you may want to check. Heims are not dot approved.

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Re: Steering mod screwup---heim jt for ovrhd drg lnk??

I think all you are asking for is at spidertrax.. I think its .com

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Re: Steering mod screwup---heim jt for ovrhd drg lnk??

i've re-tapered acouple knuckles, and other steering parts myself.
i re-tapered from the other side and gone up in tierod size, this almost cleaned out the original tapper, i also re-tapered 1/2 way and then installed tierod or whatever and pulled tight, then removed nut and made a tapered sleeve out of something like the picture i attached to fill the void left. i'm sure not to make the sleeve to long (might try to push the tierod out) i've also used the tapered sleeve when installing steering stabilzers in tappered holes when just using plain bolts.

of course this is not the ideal/correct way

fyi, i did have one reverse taper work loose before.

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