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dirtbuster
Member
posted May 19, 2003 11:27 AM
Does anyone have trouble with the RF tie rod contacting the frame when the car rolls over to the right side. every time the car goes into the corner the frame comes down and makes contact with the tierod and last week bent the swedge tube. If you have had this problem what have you done to fix it?


Gene
Member
posted May 19, 2003 03:03 PM
tourch then plate where it hits + an inch either side


WPP
Member
posted May 19, 2003 05:05 PM
You must have a dw i let the swedge tube bend and then i adjust the toe out if it long enough or i will put one on a inch longer then adjust


dirtbuster
Member
posted May 19, 2003 05:31 PM
yes it is a dw, and on our old DW we did cut and weld in a piece of plate on the frame, just wondered if there was another way to do this. I guess we will prob cut this one as well that seemed to work the best.


Racer14K
Member
posted May 20, 2003 04:39 PM
WPP hit the nail on the head, we just let it bend then re-adjust it. I don't have a DW but it's the same setup (chevelle frame & pinto spindles).


CUSTOMPERFORMANCE
Member
posted May 20, 2003 11:14 PM
To eliminate the tie rod to frame problem use heims and tubes for your tie rod assemblies and spacers at the spindles. This will do 2 things help correct bump steer and solve the clearence issues.


dirtbuster
Member
posted May 21, 2003 08:35 AM
we have used heims and swedge tubes. We have a 1 1/2" spacer on the spindle end to correct bump steer and that does not give enough clearance. Our old car had 2"+ spacer and still made contact with the frame. We eventually cut out a little piece of the bottom of the frame and welded in a curved plate to fill it up. Just wondering if there was anyway around this without cutting.

Somewhere i thought i heard that the inner tierod end from a 74 camaro had a bent shaft or something that would drop the tie rod an inch or 2 on that end and then add the same to the spindle spacer to drop the whole tierod.

hamer36
Member
posted May 21, 2003 04:53 PM
76 camaro


spde
Member
posted May 21, 2003 05:23 PM
I can get you a swedge tube and the correct inner tie rod to fix this . The inner tie rod has a bend in it, but it takes a special tube because of thread sizes. Then you use the same heim on the spindle side. I think the rods cost $16.00 and the tie rods cost $28.00 Let me know if you are interrested. 573-216-4836 ltr spde


dirtbuster
Member
posted May 22, 2003 08:49 AM
spde,
i wish i had seen your post last night. We took the car and had the frame cut and plated for clearance, so we have all kinds of it now.
thanks anyway, ill pass on the word to anyone else that has problems.


spde
Member
posted May 27, 2003 02:44 PM
Sorry I wish I could save you the trouble!! good luck ltr


racer20
Member
posted May 31, 2003 09:29 PM
The camaro inner is a larger size than the normal 5/8 tie rods. i heat and bend inner tierod so it drops down slightly. have done this for a few years on asphalt, with no problems. i put a peice of duct tape on swedge tube to see if any marks on it from rubbing. i think the camaro inners are 11/16 threads


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