Replacing ends on SS12 drag link rod

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Replacing ends on SS12 drag link rod

Post  davidderouchey on March 24th 2016, 9:26 pm

Have read various thoughts on this Will this idea work?
Cut off a small amount from each end of the rod. Buy a couple of easily available new style screw on ends.
Put threads on the existing rod ends. Screw on the new ends, and adjust as needed.

How hard is the drag link steel, and can threads be put onto it?

(I know, no longer authentic, but maybe better than nothing.)

Why doesn't somebody create 50-100 drag link rods, and see how quickly they sell.
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Re: Replacing ends on SS12 drag link rod

Post  TKW on March 25th 2016, 6:00 pm

Dave , your asking the right question , ten years or so ago had the same thought problem is where the bends are in the link . was going to make a jig to be able to use the original steel to be machined for the idea i had , mean time made a quick temporary one that i have never had an issue with . bought two RH female tie rod ends , a short piece of NF all-thread rod and two lock nuts , using the original link as a pattern for length and then bent the rod to match the original offset bends . for my use just mowing the yard haven't had any problems with this set up , still think about doing something with the original link . time passes by keeping me busy with all the other ideas , repairs , and projects going on at a seemingly increasing rate the older i get . hope this helps answer your question . > tim

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Re: Drag link & Tie Rod Repair

Post  Georgia SS on March 25th 2016, 6:53 pm

Hi Dave & all
Did a post on this subject a while back, first the bend in the drag link is not necessary, later roper decided to put a small twist in the pittman arm (steering rack lever) with a large dresent wrench you can do the same, so no bend in the drag link was necessary. I have been using 3/8" heim joints $8 each, the threaded rod will work well, but I use a peice of galvinized pipe to reinforce the drag link, tie rod assemblies can be made as well, promice you will never wear them out.
Have A Good One
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Re: Replacing ends on SS12 drag link rod

Post  TKW on March 25th 2016, 11:32 pm

SS , i will have to take a look at that , it would simplify things a lot , thanks Jimmy > tim

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New drag link made and working

Post  davidderouchey on April 4th 2016, 9:22 pm

As suggested, I purchased a piece of 3/8" fine threaded rod. Bought 2 3/8" tie rod ends on ebay.

I did heat the rod, and matched the original rod bends. Works great.
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Re: Replacing ends on SS12 drag link rod

Post  TKW on April 5th 2016, 9:21 am

glad to help , Dave , hope this set-up gives you the same good service it has for me , i would've liked to have some experience with some front attachments to see how it handles turning with the extra weight . if you or anyone else does please post your findings , thanks > tim

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Re: Replacing ends on SS12 drag link rod

Post  TKW on April 7th 2016, 3:54 pm

SS , Got a chance to look at the twist in the later model pitman arm , you mentioned . that is a better design and an easier do it yourself fix . thanks > tim

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