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Weld angle on tie rod for strength

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by FWP, Jul 5, 2001.

  1. FWP

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    Has anyone ever done this? I'm going to as a temporary fix.

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    I wouldn't do this unless it was a trail repair...
    A rock rod is a much better solution and I've heard they are not even that expensive.

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    What am I missing? I would think beefing up the factory rod would be just as effective as a rock rod, and you don't have to buy new ends. 6 bucks of steel and a little welding.

    Eventually I'll put in a crossover.

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    ttt

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    I would think if you were to bend it on the trail with the angle iron on you would have one HELL of a time making it straight enuff to get home. just a thought.

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    True. Hopefully, 1-1/2 x 1/4 angle will not bend[​IMG]

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    I did this to mine. I bent the original so bad, after banging it back out, I welded it with 1 inch angle iron, I have bounced off rocks and havent bent it yet. Course I carry a spare like the one fella said, bend it on the trail and you'll have a heck of a mess.

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    Here is my take on it. But please keep in mind I'am NOT a welder and I can prove it![​IMG]

    Not a bad idea, I might be a little iffy on welding to the tie-rod. It might make it weaker (I don't know for sure, just guessing). I like the "triangulation" thing, nothing is stronger than a triangle shaped object. I would also "fish-mouth" the ends somehow, make a deep dish to keep the stressed portion on the rod as wide and long as possible.

    But again, I'm not a welder, or enginer. Just a thought. (I was kicking around the idea of tubeing the tie-rod, but I think I'll go with the Rock Rod, when the time comes)

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    I don't know about where you live, but in Michigan there is a law against welding on any steering parts, although, I don't think it is enforced to well. [​IMG]

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