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Old 03-26-2006, 04:48 PM
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Help on extending drag link/connecting rod

Some call it drag link, but the book calls it adjustable connecting rod. It is the link on 1980 Chev 4X4 from pitman arm to steering arm. On a hot rod project I have , I need a longer one or longer clamp bushing because I need to mount the saganaw box further away from the axle than stock. I noticed that the threaded ends are different lengths, can I get another "long end" and use it on the "short end". thereby using two "long ends" on the adjusting clamp bushing. this would probably work if its safe and the same ball joint as the rest?? yes? no?

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Old 03-28-2006, 11:42 AM
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The parts in your steering system are:

-Pitman arm (fixed to the steering box)
-Idler arm (bolts to the frame on the passenger side)
-Center link (some call it a drag link)
-Tie rods (go from center link to the steering arm on the knuckle)

It sounds to me like you are talking about the tie rod.
If you want a longer adjuster try looking at something like this:
http://www.speed-shop.net/stockcarproducts/susp9a.htm

You might have to get shorter tie rod ends in order to make the longer adjuster work:
http://www.speed-shop.net/stockcarproducts/susp8.htm
http://www.speed-shop.net/stockcarproducts/susp9b.htm
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You are talking car stuff. I'm talking 4X4 truck stuff. There is a steering arm (on the knuckle), adjustable connecting rod (no one calls it that but the book and a good mechanic) the pitman and a tie rod. Anyway my initial idea won't work because the two ends are right hand and left hand threads and are not therefore interchangeable. Still wrestling with it. Thanks for the links.
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So I take it you are talking about a full size, solid axle, 4x4
Sorry...I was thinking something more like a LUV or S10...

Have any pictures of what you are working on?

Your drag link ends are 7/8-18. For offroad shops this is a very standard size as everyone wants to swap the stronger GM stuff onto their Jeeps.

Take a look at this page and give these guys a call
http://www.offroaddesign.com/catalog...inglinkage.htm

They will make you a tube with left and right hand 7/8-18 threads tapped into each end. Also make sure you tell them you need jam nuts as well. You could give them either the center to center length or the length of the drag link tube that you need (remember to leave room for the jam nuts).

The guys at ORD are very good with customer service and will make sure you have exactly what you need.
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Yes full size and 7/8-18. no pics. I think I have it figured. Thanks to all.
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