Join Date: Dec 2005
Bronco Info: 79 ranger xlt
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.
79 ranger xlt free wheeler
roll bar, factory cb, lighted sun visors, cruise, tilt, ac, factory air assist, front and rear lockers, built 460, 4inch rancho lift with 2 inch body, rebuilt c-6 with shift kit