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Old 09-09-2006, 03:27 PM
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Who sells Dropped Center Links?

Hello, I'm new to this board, and I'm from Connecticut. I have a 1970 chevelle SS clone. The oil pan on my 632 C.I. engine had to be made so deep to clear the connecting rod caps because of the massive 4.75" stroke, that the steering linkage center Link ( aka "Drag Link") won't clear the oil pan.

So before I go ahead and heat this thing up with a torch and try to bend it enough to put more of a drop in it, can anyone here tell me of any place that offers dropped center links for GM A-body cars ??? It looks like I'll likely need an additional 1.5" of drop in the center Link. I already had to cut the crossmember to make room for this monster, and I now have the engine installed. below are some pics...
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I would be more inclined to go to a different pitman arm and relocate the idler arm................I am no steering expert, so I may get shot down here.
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I would be more inclined to go to a different pitman arm and relocate the idler arm................I am no steering expert, so I may get shot down here.
Naw, I won't shoot you down so to speak, but I must point out that although I appreciate your effort to be of help to me, I Had already previously found and ordered a pitman arm with more of a drop, which is for a Jeep Wrangler, and i had also planned on relocating the mounting holes in the frame for the idler arm just as you've explained.

But I learned from others that the problem with that is that I would be changing the angle of the tie rods, and they would no longer be parallel to the lower control arms, which would create a lot of bump steer according to what I'm being told. Having the steering move from left to right while negotiating every bump in the road doesn't sound fun to me, so that would be out. And having more of a drop in the center link instead would be better since that wouldn't change the angle of the tie rods.
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But I learned from others that the problem with that is that I would be changing the angle of the tie rods...which would create a lot of bump steer...
This is true.

Do your tie rods go into the steering arm on the knuckle from the top or the bottom? If they go in from the top you could move them to the bottom. You would have to weld up part of the hole and use a tapered reamer (most likely 1-1/2 inch taper per foot) to ream the other side. I have also known people that have had tapered inserts made to fill the existing hole and either brazed or loc-tited them in before reaming from the other side.

Also I think Global West ( www.globalwest.net ) uses a custom center link for their 12" disc conversions...but it might have been another car and their website is being updated right now so I can't double check for you. You might try giving them a call.
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This is true.

Do your tie rods go into the steering arm on the knuckle from the top or the bottom? If they go in from the top you could move them to the bottom. You would have to weld up part of the hole and use a tapered reamer (most likely 1-1/2 inch taper per foot) to ream the other side. I have also known people that have had tapered inserts made to fill the existing hole and either brazed or loc-tited them in before reaming from the other side.

Also I think Global West ( www.globalwest.net ) uses a custom center link for their 12" disc conversions...but it might have been another car and their website is being updated right now so I can't double check for you. You might try giving them a call.
Maybe I'll give them a call, but I just looked in their new catalog lastnight and I didn't find any dropped center links. And the tie rods on my car unfortunately attach to the bottom of the steering knuckle. But thanks for brainstorming for me pal.
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You have bolt on steering arms right? If so these would lower the outer tie rod end. You would have to call them to find out how much.

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Thankyou!! I'll give them a call.....hopefully all there stuff isn't just for Camaros, Mustangs & Novas. That's usually the case with many places...
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