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Best adjustable drag link

I tried to have my drag link modified but with no luck.I found an adjuster sleeve but cannot find a machinist to turn thread on the drag link.
I was looking to copy this set-up Buy Adjustable Drag Link 78-79 Bronco 76-79 F150 4WD

This seem like the only option with the superlift one.
I was playing with the idea to use dom and chevy tre, I will have to buy a reamer and LH/RH taps to make the swap and this add up to the price quick.
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skyjacker make one ?
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I have been thinking on this subject for a little while now, here's what I'm doing.

I'm narrowing my 79s Dana 44 6'' to do a SAS to my Explorer. Having driven my 79 for 18 years I never had a problem with the factory tie rod/drag link setup so I want to also narrow the long tie rod 6''. The long tie rod has normal right hand threads.

I also have no interest in using chevy ends and reaming. I mean the factory parts lasted me 18 years and who knows how old they were when I bought it in the 90s. I see no reason to change.

I bought the correct die to do this, just cut off 6'' then stick in in my lathe and turn it to the proper diameter and rethread it.

I know I'll have to shorten the drag link too so my idea was since I have the die already is to get a new stock drag link, cut the pitman arm end off and turn it down and thread it so a tie rod adjuster sleeve goes on and then use the short left hand threaded tie rod end for the pitman arm.

I'm sure they work fine but I just don't like how the Super Lift adjustable drag link has the adjuster in the middle of the shaft. The one that Wild Horses sells has the adjuster at the pitman arm end and has the flat spot for the steering stabilizer mount like the factory does.

I wonder if they are cutting and threading stock drag links...who knows.

Anyway, my tie rod die is 1'' (I forget the thread pitch but it is uncommon) and I don't know if those aftermarket drag links are 1'' or the same thread pitch for me to shorten so I will just use the factory parts that I have grown to trust.

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Are the end are replaceable?
I cannot find this info.
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What ends?

The tie rod ends are, I mean the right one is like 5 feet long or whatever but you can buy them. The drag link ends are not, you have to buy the whole thing.

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The sleeve i found with LH/RH thread is 1''/18tpimoog ES3626S. .The OEM drag link diameter is 1''.
I think wildhorse just put this adjuster sleeve on a OEM fittment drag link.
I dont like the superlift drag link either, the adjuster sleeve in the middle is a weak design.
Around here the machine shops are not really willing to modify steering compoments.
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You can do it with only buying one die like I am doing. The upper end you cut off the draglink you throw out. Then use the short tie rod end for your new drag link end since it is left hand thread.

The trouble is you need a lathe because those parts are turned a touch, I think to smooth the casting and to make sure they are truly round.

Or in your case just get the wild horse piece.

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This is a good idea, thanks for the tip.
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i wonder if one off a superduty would work
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I tried another place today with no luck, I will probably just buy the wildhorse drag link.
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