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Crossover - Tie Rod

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by AZ79K5Project, Feb 18, 2007.

  1. AZ79K5Project

    AZ79K5Project 1/2 ton status

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    I am in the process of finishing my crossover. My knuckles are off a 76 which has the top down tie rod mounting. The stock one has a drop style tie rod. My stock 87 tie rod has about 1/8 inch clearance b/w the tie rod and springs.

    Anyone running a HD style tie rod on a top down knuckle?
     
  2. y5mgisi

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    Man i didnt understand that, Could you maybe try to clarify?
     
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    MTBLAZER89 3/4 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    I am but I am running 0-rates too. I did notice that clearance would be very little without zero-rates. With 0-rates I needed a spacer under my crossover arm to keep the draglink off the top of the springs. I am not sure if they make the dropped style aftermarket TRE's. I asked this question before though and people are running the same setup as you.

    Here is a pic of mine.

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    dremu Officious Thread Derailer Premium Member

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    I ended up doing highsteer for that very reason... couldn't get the tierod (aftermarket) to go down into the knuckles.

    -- A
     
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    I put the joints into the knuckles, then threaded my (aftermarket) tie-rod onto the two joints. Only way they went together. I went hi-steer the first time I had to replace a joint.
     
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    That's the way I did mine on Saturday. I'm just thinking about a trail replacement issue.
     
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    Sure - the top down mounting for the stock setup has a drop type tie rod. Napa's part number: MRCDS841
    tie rod.jpg


    Normal TRE's don't have the "bend" to get the tie rod away from the springs. It makes changing them a PITA.

    Here's a link with a picture of what I'm asking/talking about: Click - pic is about halfway down

    tie rod.jpg
     
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    looking at that pic it seams like someone could use that same draglink but with a heim at the knuckle and no zero-rates, and do one of these numbers...for a quick and easy cross over install...

    [​IMG]
     

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    I dont like the idea of highsteer on a 44 though. It puts alot more strees on alot less area... The balljoints are small already, and now its just incresing forces on them...
     
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    I've read a few posts where high steer has caused or been a factor in the sheering of the bolts and other breakage.
     

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