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Heimjoints for draglink...safe?

I know the 4WD guys use them for thier crossover steering, but are they safe on a street rod? I/e eliminate the tapered ends and run heims?

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My "T" bucket and my old model "A" both have heim joints on the drag link and tie rod. I change them anytime I notice any play in the steering. About every three years on the bucket. I drive it every sunny day and rack up the miles.

Use only heavy duty heims and use dust boots if possible.
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Also on the bottom run a flat washer big enough so if you have a failure it will not fall off and leave you steering one wheel. Both NHRA and IHRA have this in the rule book to solve the issue. DON'T BUY CHEAP HEIMS they are on your steering or suspension and you really need those two things to stay intact for the ride.

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Thanks for the info, looks like the option I'll go with.
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Scroll down to where it says "safety washers". They also have the dust boots. I prefer to use 3-piece teflon lined rod ends from Aurora or if you have the cash NHBB. I am not a big fan of either swedged 2-piece or loader slot 2-piece rod ends.

Here is some more good info
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