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will a tie rod end work as a draglink end??

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by protechk5, Apr 7, 2005.

  1. protechk5

    protechk5 1/2 ton status

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    Can I use a tie rod end as a draglink end??
     
  2. Hossbaby50

    Hossbaby50 3/4 ton status

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    Tierod ends have a different taper in the hole then DLE's. A TRE will fit in a DLE hole but it should not be done unless it is a last ditch effort to get off a trail and home or something.

    Harley
     
  3. big83chevy4x4

    big83chevy4x4 3/4 ton status

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    what about the companies selling TRE for thier drag links in crossover kits? i thought they were the same.
     
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    On my crossover, I used identical right hand threaded TREs on the draglink. They are the same as the rh TRE on my Tie rod, so spares are easy to find. By using the TRE's on a draglink, they are stronger and tighter then the 2 year old DLE's I took off.
    I'm not quite as hardcore as some guys here, but some one ton guys with like 40's and up have bent stock DLE's in a crossover setup.
    I'm using an ORD arm and a superlift dropped pitman arm.
    Blake
     
  5. CyberSniper

    CyberSniper 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    The size of the stud on a DLE is larger than a TRE. They use the same taper. So if you've got a 1.5/12 reamer you can ream out a TRE hole and put a DLE in it.

    You can't put a TRE in a hole a DLE was in.

    DLEs have a greater angle of operation than a TRE by a significant amount.

    I'm using TREs on my draglink for crossover.

    Comparison between a DLE and a TRE
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