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rod ends for tie rod?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by misfit, Jul 11, 2001.

  1. misfit

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    what are the pros and cons of using these instead of regular tie rod ends.
     
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    I'm not sure I understand the question.

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    I think he's asking about using heim joints instead of the standard "ball joint" type of tie rods ends. Heim joints will provide a huge range of motion for rigs with radical articulation. But they aren't protected from the elements and wear out very quickly. Tie-rods have rubber boots to keep grease in and dirt out. I've never seen a heim joint that was truly meant for dirty environments.

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    Do you mean something like Heim joints? One thing you might want to look into is if the tierod will clear the leaf springs because they don't have "drop" built into them like the stock ones. Also you would have to have the taper drilled out in the nuckle so that you could use bolts to conect them. But they are stronger (depending on size). I am thinking about doing this some day when I do the cross over steering.

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    Gotcha. I would definitely not use those on mine since it is my daily driver.

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    Misfit,
    I've used rod end for a clutch linkage for about four years now without a problem. The linkage is in direct line of the front tires, so they catch a lot of "GOO" They do make ones with seals and even the ones without have teflon to "wipe" the ball clean. One word of advice, "Don't go cheap"! Buy the best one's you can afford. I personally like the one's I believe are called Black Max. Or buy the three piece chomemoly ones.HTH

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    the main reason i might use heims will be to clear my own rockrod: my tie rod goes in to the knuckle from the top and it looks like i might hit t he tie rod when my springs compress, using standard 7/8 TRE. i know that i couldnt get my huge tie rod installed with thhe truck sitting on the ground, not enough room to manipulate the tie rod into position
     

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