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Steering Linkage Identification

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by beefcake83, Jun 4, 2001.

  1. beefcake83

    beefcake83 1/2 ton status

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    Hi all - I found that one of my steering linakges is worn, but I need to know exactly what to ask for... so I need some help. There's a linkage coming off the bottom of the gear box (pitman arm I presume), that connects to another linkage that runs front-to-back. It connects to the steering arm on the drivers side. What is this linkage called. I think the Haynes Manual referred to it as a 'connecting rod'. Thanks, Gary

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  2. JunkYardCrawler

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    its called the draglink i think


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    Drag link.

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    Yes sir, that's your drag link.
    This wouldn't be a bad time to check your tie rod ends either.
    -- Mike
     
  5. beefcake83

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    Thanks... So far my tie-rod ends looks good, but I'm getting ready to order a Rock Rod, and will look at them closer. - Gary

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  6. newyorkin

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    I thought it was called a steering rod?? Isn't the drag-link the bar between the tie-rods, the one that links the two front wheels?
    If it's worn, can't you put new balljoints in it? Mine's a little sketchy too, and I just figured eventually I'd replace the balljoints on it. This may be a little cheaper, and not screw with the box-to-wheel alignment for you. If it's even possible to swap the balljoints in it!

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  7. TX Mudder

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    No, the one that links the two front wheels is the tie rod. On some early tie rods, you can NOT replace the tie rod ends because they are manufactured as part of the tie rod. Newer ones (I think 82-up or someting) has a center bar and two removable tie rod ends.
    I think it is a cheap and better proposition to buy a rockrostomper tie rod. They are VERY reasonable and you can go to Autozone and get lifetime tie rod ends. Just be sure to order the steering stabilizer kit for about $25.
    -- Mike
    BTW, the drag link is is much shorter link between the pitman arm (on your steering box) and the steering arm (on the left steering knuckle.)
     
  8. johnnysjimmy

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    DRAG LINK!!!!!!!!

    73' GMC Jimmy 8" lift and 35" tires.....14 boltff and big 10 bolt on the way
     

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