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Those of you with Rockstomper Rock rods..Please help

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Boss, Mar 8, 2001.

  1. Boss

    Boss 1/2 ton status Author

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    Hey, for you guys with Rockstomper rock rods. Whenever you get a chance, I need a favor from you.
    Can you measure the tie rod tube from one end to the other and do NOT include the tie rod ends into the measurement. I just need the measurement of the actual tube length.
    Reason I ask, is I also have the rockrod, but I think mine is a little too long. I have the ends all the way down, but still seems too long. So that's why I'm asking. Please reply here and let me know whenever you get a chance. Thanks in advance.
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  2. Emmettology 101

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    I can do that tonight for ya, if no one gets back sooner.

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    Boss
    I will try to measure tonight, I had Scott cut mine down an inch because it was to long but when I put it on I should have just cut off a 1/2".

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    Hey Boss, mine is 52" or 54", can't remember, NOT including the tierods.
    Keep in mind to that this is a 72K5 Dana44, duno if they are different!

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    Mine seemed to long when I was comparing it to the factory rod while it was on the vehicle. But, after I put it on, it was perfect. I have about 1/2" of thread showing on both ends... BTW, Scott made me a double stabilizer bracket and made it where the shocks are centered behind the rod. Pretty Cool!

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    Thanks for your help guys. [​IMG] I'll be waiting to hear from yah tonight.
    Yeah, I have no threads showing, and it just seems a little too long...maybe by 1/4" or so. I'm wondering what I should use to cut this. Maybe my Sawzall, but I'm afraid I may mess things up if I do cut it. It looks like something is welded at each end. Anyhow, let me know. Thanks again!
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    btw, do any of yall know what the torque spec is on tierod ends?? Like how tight I should bolt them to the knuckle?? Thanks
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    The spec in my book for torque was 45ftlbs. Again my tierod ends are different than your so you may want to look up the spec.

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    The D60 uses a shorter tie rod than the D44. The difference is an inch or two.
     
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    Mine was a 1/2" shorter than I asked for plus the jam nuts are 3/8" wide instead of the stated 1/2", which leaves another 1/4" of thread exposed. Am I whining again?
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    My Rockrod is 52.5 inches!

    HTH

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    That was one of my concerns when buying mine, but Scott told me that the one he sold me can be used on either the 44 or 60 and it is 52.5"... He said it was the same one he sold Shawn and Steve....

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  13. Shawn

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    Mine was a tad long but that was my own fault since I told Scott to cut it that long. I should of put the proper measurement in my article. 52" sounds like the correct size then. You could cut it with a Sawzall but then you need to weld the end again. What Scott does he uses a band saw to cut the outer tube 1/4" shorter than the inner tube and he welds it on that lip. Another thing you can do is not to use one of the jam nuts and taper one hole so one tie rod end goes in farther and gets tight (use a dremmel or die grinder). This will still give you a jam nut lock effect without cutting the rod. Hope this helps.

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    Thankyou Shawn and Emmett and everyone else. Ok, mine is like 52 3/8" long. 52" 1/4" would probably be the correct length. Man, cutting and rewelding is going to be a pain. I like that other idea Shawn. But, I'm not sure what the die grinder will be for. I know what you mean by saying not using the lock nut on one end, and then screwing the end all the way down, but what is the die grinder for?? I have one, so that's not a problem, but I'm just a little confused on what you're saying I guess. If you don't mind, could you explain that part to me again??? [​IMG] Thanks in advance.
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    "IF" the Rock Rod still doesn't fit without a jam nut on that one side, taper the hole (side without jam nut) so the tie rod end screws in further. You just need to taper it enough so it clears the threads. The die grinder is used to make the taper. Make sense?

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    Hey Boss, have you talked with Scott about this at all??
    I bet he would help out some how. Are you thinking yours is too long cuz your comparing it with your stock one? Is it possiable your stock one is turned in too tight/short??
    Just a thought cuz all the rest of us didn't have that issue and it seams they are the same lenght? I would hate for you to assume it's to long then hackit and find out you had 'other' issues, ball joints mabie?
    Just a thought..........

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    Shawn,

    Definately makes sense now. Thanks brother. Man you're big help. [​IMG] I'll try that out.
    Burt, Well, it was longer when I compared it to the old, but when its on the axle, I can tell its longer b/c one side of the knuckle it turned out a little when the other one is straight and vice versa. I haven't brought it up to Scott's attention yet, but I think I'll email him and see what to do. Thanks, I can't believe I didn't think of that. Man, the brain is so slow..LOL!! Anyways, thank you all. Take care.
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    I suppose that this could work if you have enough threads on the tie rod ends. There is not much difference between the two. On the D60 the rods would be close to being all of the way in. On the D44 they would expose at most 1" of thread. That is about what the factory does. I can't measure mine as we are about 6,000 miles apart while I'm travelling.
     
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    He's talking about the Rockstomper Rock Rod which is totally different than a stock D60 or D44 though. You can check them out here:
    http://www.off-road.com/chevy/reviews/rockstomper/

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