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Author Topic:   center link
Dirt Newbie

Total posts: 2
posted January 24, 2005 09:11 PM  
why would someone cut the centerlink in the middle on a montecarlo to shorten it? read alot of books found no specific reason for it thanks.

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 226
posted January 25, 2005 01:33 AM  
that sounds crazy to me, and well I woudn't want the thing to break on me. huh, I have no idea though???


Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 184
posted January 25, 2005 07:06 AM  
I would guess that they used one off somthing else to change the bump steer and they needed the distance between the inner tie rods to be in a different place i have seen it done on a metric car that had nova lowers put on it. as far as breaking(IF)you can weld and are good it should not break you hope!

Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 35
posted January 25, 2005 08:43 PM  
Shorten it? For a metric chassis, to get perfect bump steer you'd need to add about 2" to it. The idea is to have the inner tie rod mount in a perfect line with the chassis mounts of the upper and lower a-arms. It's not paralled to the track, either. It's angled due to where the upper and lower control arms are mounted on the chassis. The whole idea is to have the tie rod move in the same arc as the control arms. As well, you want the outter tie rod to arc in line with the upper and lower ball joints.

And like Juni suggested, to shorten it -- it had to come off a car that had a longer center link than the Monte Carlo. An Impala, Caprice maybe bigger...Chevelle?! It probably easier to cut one than add to I thought about doing at one time.

[This message has been edited by kevinwardracing (edited January 25, 2005).]

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 466
posted January 26, 2005 09:10 PM  
Around here people run a 86 Z28 center links they are wider then the stock Metic one.

[This message has been edited by BIGDADDYBOZ (edited January 26, 2005).]

Dirt Roller

Total posts: 25
posted January 26, 2005 09:11 PM  
I'm confused...... If you lengthened the drag link in the middle, wouldn't it make your pitman and idler arm mount at goofy angles? Or do you add to both sides outside of the arm mounts???

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 333
posted January 28, 2005 12:51 AM  
That's where bending the Pitman arm and relocating the idler come into play.

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JDF Motorsports
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 216
posted January 28, 2005 06:24 AM  
You can cut down a 82-92 Camaro centerlink to help bumpsteer on a metric car.
Without having to mess with the idler and pitman. If you do a search you may find instuctions on here....its been a looooooooong time ago though.


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