We offer one of the best Tierod kits on the market featuring Threaded DOM tubing FK heim joints and tapered studs that go into stock 66-75 knuckles or 72-78 f150 and 78,79 Bronco knuckles without any modifications (tie rod under) With better geometry, stronger materials and tapered studs you should have a winning combination. We install these on all of our restorations, installations and our own Broncos including our Baja race Bronco.
The reason we developed these tie rods stims from an issue we had in Baja where we thought the standard tie rods were going to come off the ball on stock F150 tie rods. when we got back from that race we developed our tie rod stud. Now that we had a good way to attach a heim joint to the steering knuckle and pitman arm (the heim stud) we started offering a heim joint based steering linkage. We are using FK 3/4″ rod ends with Teflon liners for strength and long life, threaded 1 1/8″ X .219″ wall DOM tubing for strength and durability and our heim studs for a solid anchor point. The saddle is welded to the tie rod for mounting the drag link or can be purchased separately. An additional saddle can also be used to mount the ram for ram assist, or a steering stabilizer.
Please have the following measurements for your order:
1)(tie rod) measure from the passenger side knuckle tie rod grease zurk to the drivers side knuckle tie rod grease zurk.
2)(drag link) measure from the passenger side knuckle tie rod grease zurk to the pitman arm grease zurk. in the stock position Slight reaming will be necessary for 76 and 77 knuckles. If you are going tie rod over (rising the tie rods aprox. 3″) you will have to ream the knuckle from the top down. depending on the knuckles used you may also need TRO bushings.
Using the drop down menu helps us determine what length the tierod need to start with, the knuckle question will help us determine what stud to provide. The tierod under or over question will determine if you need bushings or need to ream the knuckle. If using aftermarket knuckles please let us know the brand in the order comments. All tierods kits are based on the steering box being in the stock position on the outside of the frame.
After you are finished installing above parts you need to check to be sure that there is no binds or other hindrances to free movement. Some of the places to check are (at full droop) Does the driveshaft bind. Are the brake lines stretched, does the upper track bar bushing bind, does the drag link bind at the tie rod or pitman arm. Does the tie rod hit the shocks or track bar bolt on the diff. At full compression does the diff. and/or tie rods hit the oil pan. Does the tie rod contact the drop pitman arm.