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Striaght or bent draglink for crossover which is better and why???

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by backyardbuilt, Jan 2, 2003.

  1. backyardbuilt

    backyardbuilt 1/2 ton status

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    I'm getting ready to do this, my knuckle is out being drilled, I got the 2wd box, still looking at arms (not sure if I want to try and do hysteer). So whats left is the draglink and of course the pitman arm wether or not to get a dropped one depends on how you guys answer the question at hand. Thanks for all input to this question. Ryan
     
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    Grim-Reaper 3/4 ton status Author

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    Straight is always stronger then bent.
     
  3. Mudzer

    Mudzer 1/2 ton status Author

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    Depends on how much lift you have. My reason for installing a bent draglink was because I have 6" of lift and still have the factory crossmember. I needed the clearance. Also, Im not sure how much angle you can get with tie rod ends if you were planning on using them. My draglink is more than strong enough to withstand bending.
     
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    Sandman 3/4 ton status Author

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    I got the bent rod from ORD and its plenty beefy. I have a 6" lift and the stock crossmember.
     
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    TX Mudder 1/2 ton status

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    People use bent draglink to clear the factory engine crossmember. They are much thicker than the factory draglink and, even with the bend, much stronger.
    However, a straight one is, logically, better. Yes, angles on the ends will be worse, but you can adjust it without removing the ends.

    I bought a new engine crossmember that allows the use of the straight draglink. It was, I think, $150. My factory crossmember was cracked as are many others I have looked at.
    It ends up being your choice.

    I will be using a straight draglink.


    -- Mike
     
  6. Emmettology 101

    Emmettology 101 3/4 ton status

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    If you are having a problem with using a bent link, look at Jeeps and Dodges. They come from the factory with bent links that are weaker than most aftermarket links(like Rockstompers Rock Rod links)...
     
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    I run a bent draglink from Rockstomper and it works great!
     
  8. Shawn

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    I also have a bent draglink from Rockstomper. No problems.

    Don't think I'll ever bend it-
    [​IMG]

    When I had the straight drag link, my ends would get all jacked because of the severe angle and when you're flexing, it make it even worse. By running a bent drag link, you ends will be straight.

    review of Rockstompers-
    http://www.off-road.com/chevy/reviews/rockstomper
     
  9. SAVAGE1

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    I'm running a bent draglink to keep the TRE's at a straight angle and to clear the crossmember. I'm running about 6.5" of lift. So far no probs, if its built right it shouldn't matter. Mine is made out of solid steel drilled and tapped. It seems stronger than those weld on fittings for tubing.
     
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    Who's drilling your knuckles? I need one done too.
     
  11. backyardbuilt

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    If you use drag link ends you won't have to worry about the angle much at all! They can handle A LOT more angularity then a tie rod end.

    Then running a bent link just comes down to will it clear all you bits?
     
  13. Shawn

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    I have also tried the drag link ends and I still had issues with them under full flex.

    They do give some more angle but not much.
    [​IMG]

    Steve's running them on his hi-steer setup but has been having problems breaking them.
    [​IMG]
    I think since they are longer, they are weaker. He's going to the shorter tie rod ends now.

    Edit: Steve is still using the drag link ends on the the drag link. Tim redesigned the drag link bar and hopefully should fix Steve's problems.
     
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    I'm about halfway through that conversion now, and I decided to go all Tie rod ends after seeing Steve's luck.
     
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    I think that the drag link ends on the drag link will be fine, never had a problem with them. My problem was with the drag link ends on the tierod.
     

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