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Re-Tapering Knuckles from Top?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by BDAMNRZ, Jan 26, 2007.

  1. BDAMNRZ

    BDAMNRZ 1/2 ton status

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    If my passenger flat top knuckle TRE comes in from the top, can't I re-taper the drivers side to come in from the top too? If so, shhould the taper be drilled out befor I try to re-taper it? :confused: Any help would be great. I'm new to CK5, but now stranger to wheeling. Looking forward to sharing info! Thanks yall!!!!!!!!!!:waytogo:
     
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    I don't understand what you're asking. Could you re-phrase?
     
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    I'm going to say it can't be done. Why not just install an earlier knuckle on the driver side as well.
     
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    if you retaper it from the top you will have half of the depth tapered since the other side will have the other half, it might be enough to hold for a regular size tire but I wouldn't trust it with a big tire.
    If you drill before you taper, you have no more meat to aper.
    If you are going with a bigger TRE from a one ton I heard there is enough meat to do a full taper, but I haven't done it so it's just hear say.
    :D
     
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    What I'm talking about is re-taper it larger for a GM drag link end. The DL is larger all the way through. If you re-taper from the top for a draglink, there should be enough material left inside the hole to take away. I will you informed. I'm still waiting for my tapered reamer to arrive.
     
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    SO I guess I had all the right info.
    :D
     
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    why not weld it shut first?
     
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    That's fine too.
     
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    AFAIK, all Chevy 4x4 had the 1 ton TRE's.
     
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    Is the rod as hard as the steering arm? How do you know you didn't leave any gaps where you filled the whole?

    This whole thing (no pun intended) sounds like a bad idea to me.
     
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    I've done it a few times, wheeled the hell out of em including a friends running full hydro with way more umph than was necessary, Pushed the knuckle in half and the tapered hole was still pristeen. No worries.

    EDIT: as far as gaps are concerned, the right technique is required. When you drill the pilot hole, you'll know.
     
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    I found a match for my flat top. Now I can do it right and quit brainstorming! Thanks everybody.
     

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