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post #1 of 13 Old 06-06-2010, 01:00 PM Thread Starter
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ever fab your own drag link?

thinking about buying some dom tubing and welding some threaded inserts in the ends of the tubing and put some heim joints with high misalignment spacers and call it my new drag link and then get myself an angled steering arm hoping it might kill the weird noise ive been hearing every once in a while. anyone ever make your own drag link

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not sure if anyone will post but the reason im doing this is because the angle of my drag link i believe cracked the boot on my tie rod end at the pitman arm and at the steer arm its butting against the steering arm itself because of the angle. maybe ill throw up some pics for examples and ill show some before and afters. i hope it helps out my steering issue. i dont like having steering issues. because if your steering disappears when your driving you can die lol. which isnt fun cause that means bye bye boobies and beer

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Might want to consider a crossover design. Just saying.

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you could make your own and make it a cross over at the same time. 11inches of lift needs a crossover. I run one with only 4.5inches

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you could make your own and make it a cross over at the same time. 11inches of lift needs a crossover. I run one with only 4.5inches
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Might want to consider a crossover design. Just saying.
the truck already has standard crossover. still gotta get an angled steering arm though. i gotta fix it otherwise ill just keep eating tie rod ends. i hope the angled steering arm helps out a good amount. i doubt it but i kinda think the funky noise might be from the drag link. the drag link sits forward from the steer arm where it connects. not sure if its common for that, i would think they would stay almost parrallel if that makes sense

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The top arm is farther forward?? Mine is like that.

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yea the pitman arm points more forward. im sure thats how its suppose to be though. so the pitman can move left to right with the same pivot stuff or whatever

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I'm running DOM drag and center links with chevy tie rod ends on my truck. Here's where I got my parts Complete Off Road | Your Source for Off Road Parts - Axels - Driveline Parts and More

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i was gonna make another thread but idk, ill just post the couple pics here. havent received the dom tubing itself yet, but when i do ill make a measurement cut it and weld the inserts in and get the steer arm and pitman drilled out to 3/4. sucks though ballisitic fab didnt have any right handed threaded rod ends so i ended up with two left handers. i might just send one back to them and get it exchanged for a right handed one instead. thing is though the guy told me the parts would show up in 2-3 days or so but it ended up taking the usual about 8 days

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heres the rod end with the misalignment spacers n safety washer. i hope its not to much of a bish to get the steer arm drilled to 3/4. probly break my drill, i hope i dont though
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