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post #1 of 15 Old 07-19-2009, 06:26 PM Thread Starter
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Bent/Curved Drag Link

Anyone out there know where to get a curved drag link? I was hoping to stay away from a dropped pitman arm.

I used a MORE shackle reversal and am making my own tie rod, but need info for a drag link.

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post #2 of 15 Old 07-19-2009, 08:43 PM
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Are you using the curved drag link to clear suspension parts? It won't do a thing for bump steer.

Vibration? Bump steer? Wandering? Read the article (sticky) on Steering, suspension, and driveline.
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I dont think I am going to have interferance issues. I am still putting the front end together. I am trying to avoid using a dropped pitman arm.
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Do the tie rod flip instead and you won't have to use a curved tie rod or dropped pitman arm.




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Why didn't you flip your draglink at the same time?

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Drag link

I am going to flip the tie rod and drag link. I do not want to use a drop pitman arm. That is why I am looking for a bent/curved drag link.
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The reason to use a drop pitman arm is to correct bump steer. A tie rod flip will do the same.

A bent/curved drag link will not correct bump steer. It helps you clear suspension (or other) components.

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What is so bad about a dropped pitman?

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What is so bad about a dropped pitman?
Most of them are short and don't turn your wheels as far. I had one and it took a greater distance to turn around but you know that already...

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post #10 of 15 Old 07-20-2009, 09:24 PM
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No offense to anyone but dude, curved and bent drag links are for hacks. I don't care what anyone says, or how many "Z" braced drag links you see on what ever ride, it's not safe. Do the flip, the dropped pitman arm, or a hy-steer conversion, or don't do anything at all.
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When you flip the tie rod do you reem it out like factory or just drill it out?

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You ream it out to match the taper of the TRE on the end of the drag link. I opted for the Hy-steer configuration, so I have not personally done a flip. It seems to me that there would need to be some kind of insert in this setup. But, I'm not sure. Think about it...The hole from the bottom is already the same diamiter as the OD of the base of the TRE pin. The reamer takes the narrow part of the hole on top and reams it out to the same OD of the base of the TRE pin. Theoretically the hole ends up the shape of an hour glass, wide at both ends and the narrowest part in between the two. The insert would go in from the bottom and finish the taper...Anyone follow my train of thought? Seems simple but I don't have a referance for the part # on the inserts...or I could be dead wrong???
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You are not dead wrong, here is a thread on the different ways of doing this and the parts and websites associated.

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f8/tie-rod-flip-kits-one-vs-other-819739/

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All,

Thanks for all the replies. I am actually chaging the spindles to a D44 and using a high steer conversion. That should solve all the problems.
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FYI, the dana 30 spindles will bolt right up to the flat top knuckles (D44 & GM 10 bolt). If you keep the D30 spindles you can use the D30 hubs and bearings as well. You will need to use the disc brake mounting plate and calipers from 76-81 CJ.
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