Register now to get rid of these ads!

Tie rod bar clearance?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Frenchy Dehoux, Nov 5, 2012.

  1. Frenchy Dehoux
    Joined:
    Mar 30, 2006
    Posts:
    974
    Location:
    Tempe Arizona

    Frenchy Dehoux Member
    1. Aircooled Cool

    I have been reading in other post issues with the tie rod bar resting on top of the wish bones and wanted some of your opinion on what you have done to take care of this issue. I was planning to cut a portion of the wish bones to give it enough room for the tie rod bar to travel side to side and not rubbing anymore. Let me hear your what you have done.

    Thanks
    Frenchy

    Attached Files:

  2. 117harv
    Joined:
    Nov 12, 2009
    Posts:
    5,052
    Location:
    Medford Oregon

    117harv
    ALLIANCE MEMBER

    Heat the steering arm and bend it up a 1/4" or so.
  3. fatboys69
    Joined:
    Jun 19, 2007
    Posts:
    226
    Location:
    Tennessee

    fatboys69 Member

    Is there enuff room to flip it to the top side ??
  4. COOTER
    Joined:
    Apr 7, 2005
    Posts:
    2,154
    Location:
    Ontario, California

    COOTER Member

    Heat and bend (looks better) or notch the bones. I've seen it done both ways.
    Make sure you have enough tie rod to frame clearance either way.
    Register now to get rid of these ads!

  5. JohnEvans
    Joined:
    Apr 13, 2008
    Posts:
    4,838
    Location:
    Phoenix AZ

    JohnEvans Member

    Bend the steering arm a bit.
  6. Falcon
    Joined:
    Jul 28, 2009
    Posts:
    482
    Location:
    nevada

    Falcon Member

    You could cut notches in the rod and cut out the bone enough to set a power steering gearbox in it (a very small one). ?
  7. Falcon
    Joined:
    Jul 28, 2009
    Posts:
    482
    Location:
    nevada

    Falcon Member

    Hydraulic of course with very long gear....the Rube Goldberg method
  8. Blue One
    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2010
    Posts:
    3,871
    Location:
    Alberta

    Blue One
    ALLIANCE MEMBER

    :rolleyes: WTF ?
  9. Falcon
    Joined:
    Jul 28, 2009
    Posts:
    482
    Location:
    nevada

    Falcon Member

    Two hyd. steering boxes on the bones with matching teeth on the rod....haha...might work all the way to the ditch?
  10. Da Tinman
    Joined:
    Dec 29, 2005
    Posts:
    4,089
    Location:
    Alexander Il

    Da Tinman Member

    I did exactly what your wanting to do because the steering arms were chromed and I couldn't heat them without redoing the chrome. The wishbones were in need af repair anyway.

    [​IMG]


    [​IMG]
  11. roundvalley
    Joined:
    Apr 10, 2005
    Posts:
    1,265
    Location:
    Idaho

    roundvalley Member

    I like FATBOYS answer. Why not just turn the tie rod over to insert from the top??

    Easy to put a 7* taper half way in the arms.
  12. chop32
    Joined:
    Oct 13, 2002
    Posts:
    1,073
    Location:
    Vallejo, CA

    chop32
    ALLIANCE MEMBER

    This might work, but sometimes top mounting puts the tie rod too close to the frame rails or (in my case) the harmonic balancer.
    One thing to remember, the tie rod and the wishbones move up and down in conjunction with each other so very little clearance is needed. That being said, cycle the steering from lock to lock because as the tie rod moves side to side it also moves front to back and the clearances could change.
  13. Frenchy Dehoux
    Joined:
    Mar 30, 2006
    Posts:
    974
    Location:
    Tempe Arizona

    Frenchy Dehoux Member
    1. Aircooled Cool

    Well I decided the easiest way to do this was to have it on top see the pictures from my original post and pictures I took last night. Now I have plenty of space.

    Thanks for all the help on this subject.

    Frenchy

    Attached Files:

  14. need louvers ?
    Joined:
    Nov 20, 2008
    Posts:
    11,714
    Location:
    phoenix, az

    need louvers ?
    ALLIANCE MEMBER

    Frenchy, do you have the weight of the engine on the front end right now? The reason I ask is that if you don't, with the tie rod above the bones like that it's very easy to run out of suspension travel real quickly as soon as everything settles. I really recomend rethinking this one and just heating the arms to a dull red and bending them up just a 1/4" or so and going back to the tie rod down low. Better deal, trust me.
  15. Atwater Mike
    Joined:
    May 31, 2002
    Posts:
    4,194
    Location:
    Atwater, CA. USA

    Atwater Mike Member

    Tinman...That is the cleanest transition I've seen in a wishbone. (Graceful aesthetics whilst setting caster, then clearance for tie rod...Excellent!)
  16. Frenchy Dehoux
    Joined:
    Mar 30, 2006
    Posts:
    974
    Location:
    Tempe Arizona

    Frenchy Dehoux Member
    1. Aircooled Cool


    Thanks

    I am going and wait as you mentioned until I have the engine and trans in place and than see where I am sitting and make these adjustments. Thanks for the heads up.

    Frenchy
    Last edited: Nov 12, 2012
  17. prewarcars4me
    Joined:
    Mar 22, 2010
    Posts:
    3,068
    Location:
    Bullhead City, AZ

    prewarcars4me Member

    Damn nice attention to detail.

    Attached Files:

  18. Da Tinman
    Joined:
    Dec 29, 2005
    Posts:
    4,089
    Location:
    Alexander Il

    Da Tinman Member

  19. Frenchy Dehoux
    Joined:
    Mar 30, 2006
    Posts:
    974
    Location:
    Tempe Arizona

    Frenchy Dehoux Member
    1. Aircooled Cool

    The other question I have how much of the thread from the tie rod end should be in the tie rod tube to be safe.

    Frenchy
  20. 117harv
    Joined:
    Nov 12, 2009
    Posts:
    5,052
    Location:
    Medford Oregon

    117harv
    ALLIANCE MEMBER

    I like them whith just 2 or 3 threads showing past the jam nut, the closer the end is to the tube the stronger it will be.
  21. need louvers ?
    Joined:
    Nov 20, 2008
    Posts:
    11,714
    Location:
    phoenix, az

    need louvers ?
    ALLIANCE MEMBER

    Yup, harv nailed it! Harv, what happened to your avatar?
  22. 117harv
    Joined:
    Nov 12, 2009
    Posts:
    5,052
    Location:
    Medford Oregon

    117harv
    ALLIANCE MEMBER

    Yes bending the arm up seems to be the simplest solution. Avatar, looking for a new one.

Share This Page

Register now to get rid of these ads!

Archive

Copyright © 1995-2013 The Jalopy Journal: Steal our stuff, we'll kick your teeth in. Terms of Service. Privacy Policy.

Atomic Industry
Forum software by XenForo™ ©2010-2014 XenForo Ltd.