just thought i would start one central steering fab area so we can combine all our efforts to learn how to make strong safe reliable steering for our many jeeps. Sounds good? well here is a pic and a link to a great company that has lots of info, diagrams, pictures on correct and incorrect steering angles and other things....
Please post ideas, measurements, specs whatever so we all can do this right the first time!
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Steering links are pretty basic. You need somethin to use as a rod, tap threads into the rod or use weld in inserts, and rod ends.
If tapping threads, you need something with a max of 11/16" ID. 1.25 x .25" wall is popular for this. That size is fine if you don't plan on hitting it as with high steer. If the steering is left low, a piece of 1 1/4" sch 40 pipe will fit over it and provide some more strength. Weld the pipe to the tube at the ends and a few rosset welds along the length of it. Mine is done like this.
If you are going to use weld-in threaded inserts, a few popular materials are 1.5 x .25" wall tubing, 1" sch 40 pipe sleeved with 1 1/4" sch 40 pipe, or 1 1/4" sch 160 (.25" wall).
The standard heim joints used for steering are 3/4" shank, with 3/4" or 5/8" bolt holes. I prefer the 5/8" holed ones because they offer more angle and I never hear of anyone breaking the 5/8" bolt. The best deal I can find on good heims is the extra high strength ones from Jegs. You will need misalignment washers for the drag link. They are tapered spacers to space the heim body away from the steering arm and the bolt. Without these there is little angle before binding.
If you want to use stock style tie rod ends there are weld in threaded inserts for them too. Or you can find the correct size of tube and have it tapped.
Don't forget to order jam nuts. They're just thin fine thread nuts but can be hard to find.
Don't be discouraged if you bend your steering. It happens. It can be straightened.