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Draglink Bending

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by 91GMCSuburban, Apr 6, 2004.

  1. 91GMCSuburban

    91GMCSuburban 1/2 ton status

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    Can anyone tell me why my draglink is beginning to bend (for the second time)? The drag link sits pretty straight, and I don't know what's causing this and are there any fixes?
     
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    Any pics?
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  3. Esteban86K5

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    How about some specs? Is it stock, crossover? Pics would help also. /forums/images/graemlins/dunno.gif
     
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    Just so were clear here, drag link goes from the box to a wheel. Tie rod goes from wheel to wheel......
    I can't see you bending a drag link in a factory style steering setup. So I'll assume you mean tie rod. It will bend for many reasons. Only way I fixed mine was to go with a sleaved Rockstomper tie rod. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    I'll post some pics soon, but I have stock steering setup with dropped pitman arm and raised steering arm (no x-over). The drag link as I understand it is in between these 2. And the link is actually bending on the threaded sides.
     
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    Check the relationship between the angles of the ends of the drag link. The flat tops of the ends need to be on the same plane with each other, so that the whole drag link can easily twist from side to side on the ball joint ends as the suspension cycles and steers. If the ends are angled away from each other, such that the drag link can't move enough, then they will bind in some situations. The power steering system is stronger than the draglink, so guess who loses in that contest? /forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif
     
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    I have bent mine before from jumping it...
     

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