Great source of steering parts-prob fixed
Sat, I posted the note about having problems with flipping the drag link atop the knuckle. I ended up visiting Farm and Fleet for something unrelated to jeeping, and happened to look through the agricultural aisles (as I'm prone to doing). As it turned out, they had a drag link from a 20 ton running gear (for a grain wagon) that looked to be about perfect length for the jeep drag link...with tie rod ends on both sides, and a really heavy wall tube between them. I looked further and found a 10 ton version of the same thing, measured it, and purchased it. It is about 1.5 times the diameter of the original drag link, and the tube wall thickness is quite a bit thicker as well. The tie rod ends are monster! Best of all, replacement tie rod ends are $4. The whole assembly cost $8.47, including both tie rod ends, the tube, the pinch nuts, etc. I borrowed a selection of reamer bits from a friend and tried them in scrap steel until I found one that matched the profile of the ends, and drilled away. Here's the final result (excuse the bright silver paint...it was all I had...I'm making a run for some nice black paint ASAP). The tie rod end is below the pitman arm, and above the steering knuckle.
Moneyless, Will weld for jeep accessories.