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New reamer arrived & I modified the knuckles for the Chevy TRE’s. Will use some rubber sheet to make the dust seals.

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The ‘Freddilink’ arrived and wouldn’t fit the stock Chevy drag link, even though it’s advertised as being for it... so, reamed it out deeper too and am getting the back machined for clearance.

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5 hours ago, landroversforever said:

Is that how the chevvy TREs normally fit? They don't look like they will cope with much misalignment? 

The Dodge knuckles are a bit thicker where they mount, if it binds I’ll get the back faces machined down a bit.

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Some bling arrived today 🤩

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Can now see how the front inner axles will sit with the new stub shaft bushings. Axle seals are a nice piece and quite reasonable too.

Also picked up the Freddilink after getting it machined. Plenty of clearance now for the drag link TRE with & without the dust boot.

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Next to make up the steering link and buy some more parts.... $$$

 

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The cheap chinese 7/8”-18 taps arrived today so I could chase the TRE threaded bungs as they tightened up a bit after flowing the welds with the TIG. Clearance looks great at full lock & we should have a bit better steering angle too.

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15 hours ago, landroversforever said:

Nice!

Are you concerned about adjustability of the tracking with the steering cranked at each end? 

Not really, just need to pop the ends out to adjust it. At the end of the day once it’s done, shouldn’t need doing again.

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on heavy good's vehicle's with cranked steering rod's they use a sleeve on one side with a left hand thread on the outside and right hand thread on the inside , so you can adjust the tracking without taking the steering knuckel's apart.

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9 hours ago, hurbie said:

on heavy good's vehicle's with cranked steering rod's they use a sleeve on one side with a left hand thread on the outside and right hand thread on the inside , so you can adjust the tracking without taking the steering knuckel's apart.

Yes, we have that on our Western Star plow trucks at work. Problem is finding one after market that fit the Chevy threads and your then introducing another area of weakness. For the few times it needs adjustment it’s an acceptable compromise.

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10 hours ago, Bowie69 said:

Forgive me if already stated, is this a road-going vehicle? 

Around town & forest roads... we have about 450,000km of them in BC. Attached is a snip from a backroads map book, all the lines are Forest Service Roads used for logging & fire management access as well as recreation.

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