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Anybody running Rock Rod drag link for crossover.....

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by thatK30guy, Sep 18, 2001.

  1. thatK30guy

    thatK30guy 1 ton status Premium Member

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    .....especially the bent rods, is your steering wheel centered? Or is it 'off' a little bit?

    Just wanting to check around and see what everybody else's wheels were like after installing the bent rod.

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    I know Boss and Shawn have the Rockstomper rods and Steve has the ORD set-up so it would be nice to here from all of them to see what the difference is.

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    My wheel is off just a tad. I think it's b/c I put in the Grant wheel though. I can clock it just right, but never got around to it. I put the Grant wheel on before the lift and all, and I don't remember if it was off or not, I think it was though....sorry, not much help here.

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    The way I understood it from the review was that the drag link is a bent one from ORD and the centerlink or whatever you want to call it across the front is a rockrod like in this pic http://www.offroad.com/chevy for his setup.

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    Mine steering wheel is just about straight when I first got mine back on the road. ANY crossover, it will effect that. Fine adjustment of the drag link will always be needed.

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    I am running the Rock Stomper dropped drag link with a Superlift dropped pitman arm(SUP-1104) and 6" lift. With that combo my steering wheel is straight, the truck tracks straight and has never handled better.

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    No probs here. I have the drop drag and rock rod from rockstomper. Straight as can be.
     
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    I think alot of it depends on the steering arm. I made my steering arm and the Steering wheel is just a tad off. If the Draglink was straight you wouldnt have a problem. With the Bent Draglink you can only move 1 turn, where the straight draglink you can move as little or as much as you need.

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    EXACTLY!!! [​IMG]

    Thats why I am asking around to check on others wheel position.

    If you knew me, I'm picky and want my wheel to be perfectly centered.

    I'm having thoughts whether to go with the straight or bent rod.

    Anybody running a straight rod? Will they clear the crossmember or not? I'm going to run 6" springs and 1" ORD zero-rates for 7" total suspension lift.

    I would imagine the 7" would allow use for the straight Rock Rod. Any others know about this or not?

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    You can only turn the bent drag link 1 turn - after installation. I would think that if properly pre-adjusted, it would be possible to have the wheel straight.

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    I have to cut mine shorter, I used all of the adjustment and I am still about 3/4 of a turn from being where the wheel should be.

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    Hey Wes,

    I believe that the First Gen. K5's are the only trucks that can run the straight drag links with no crossmember mods. That is unless the truck is just a black top beauty that hits a few mud puddles after it rains and never flexes. [​IMG]

    It would be pretty easy to build a nice angle shim that sits between the frame and the steering box to correct for the last little adjustment with the bent drag link. It would not take much since you know it would be less than one full thread on the drag link end. Just a thought.

    See Ya,
    Keith

    Oh yea, one more thing. Stephen at <a target="_blank" href=http://www.offroaddesign.com/>ORD</a> is custom making his bent drag link to your truck specs when you order it so it would probably be perfect from the get go. You might want to talk to him since he has put alot of research into his kit.

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