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stock tie rod or rock rod??

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by 90blzr, Apr 22, 2001.

  1. 90blzr

    90blzr 1/2 ton status

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    I am putting in a D44 and the tie rod is bent pretty good. This is probably a dumb ?, but should I just get another tie rod from the bone yard or spend $70 (I think) and get a rock rod. Is this for rock crawlers only? Anyone on here using one of these. Thanks
     
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    I just put a rock rod on mine... I don't have near as much wheeling experience as others on this board. The rock rod didn't really change the way it drove, and in my opinion if I can spend and extra $70.00 and not have to worry about fixing it again then thats what I would do... That is also what I did... [​IMG]

    <font color=blue> Jeff </font color=blue>

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  3. CaptCrunch

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    On a d44 (at least mine... 1/2 t0n) it has the one super long one and of course it was shot on my axles when I picked them up... it cost mucho denerio because it's huge... so I say why not pay the same amont for the rock rod... I'm either using the one in my truck now or gonna go rockrod.

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  4. pcorssmit

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    I run a home made job on mine, but for stock (we recently replaced them on the '89 Sub), Pep Girls had the best price by far, and they were Perfect Circle (Dana).

    Pete

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  5. 90K5

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    If the design is anything like the one on my 10 bolt, which has the drivers side tie rod end attached to the long part of the tie rod, instead of a seperate end, sont' get a tie rod from a junkyard. There is a 100% chance it is worn out. IMHO - that is like buying you oil at a junkyard....no offense - I've wanted to say that for a while[​IMG] I'd recommend Moog parts for steering parts and balljoints - they are the best

    90K5

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    I would definately recomend the Rock Rod.. I haven't gotten mine installed yet, but it definately is worth the money just by looking at it!!! They have jacked up the front of a truck with one on it without bending it.. I have gone through too many and hopefully this will be the last one I buy!

    Mike - <A target="_blank" HREF=http://emmett.coloradok5.com>http://emmett.coloradok5.com</A>[​IMG]
     
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    Another trick if you have a stock one in good condition, is to take a piece of angle iron and weld it to the stock one to stiffen it up. You may run into a problem if it has the hole for the steering stabililer, though. Mine is 1-1/4", .281 wall DOM tubing with (I think) 1-1/2" x 1-1/2" x 1/4" angle welded to it. If memory serves me correct, the heims are 3/4 thd. with a 7/8 hole. I just drilled out the taper and used the appropriate sized bolt.

    Pete

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    I put mine in last week and one of my buddies told me if you break a drive line you could use the rock rod to get home. We laughed for days on that one. Only $87 delivered plus $20 for the the right end and $32 for the left.

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