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Re: TO-20 Rear Drag Link/Tie Rod End...

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Tom in MO

05-15-2013 17:39:14

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Thanks, Richard, but I"m not trying to get the drag link end out of the tube yet - I"m just trying to get the nut off, so I can get the drag link unhooked from the steering arm.

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Richard L

05-15-2013 18:25:26

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 Re: TO-20 Rear Drag Link/Tie Rod End... in reply to Tom in MO, 05-15-2013 17:39:14  
Okay I misread your original post, now I do not have a thought except to say sawing behind the nut may be the best way but a hacksaw could give your hands a lot of bruises in those close quarters. Would a sawzall be able to fit in there? That would be easier on the hands I would think.

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Tom in MO

05-15-2013 19:07:49

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 Re: TO-20 Rear Drag Link/Tie Rod End... in reply to Richard L, 05-15-2013 18:25:26  
Yes, Richard, I think one or the other will work.

I"ll save your first response for when I get the drag links off - I"ve heard that the ends can be a booger to get out of the tubes.


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05-15-2013 21:27:27

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 Re: TO-20 Rear Drag Link/Tie Rod End... in reply to Tom in MO, 05-15-2013 19:07:49  
First, I'd try to tighten the nut to get the tapered stud to seat into the steering arm tight enough to loosen the nut without the stud turning. If that doesn't work, it's time to get the cutting torch out and cut the nut off. The stud is hardened steel and I don't know if a hack saw or sawzall blade is tough enough to cut it. Another idea is to use a cutting wheel on a Dremel tool to cut the nut off.

To get the drag link out of the steering arm, pull or pry on the link and smack the steering arm HARD with a hammer. Usually the jarring effect will break the tapered stud loose. If that doesn't work, you can use a "pickle fork" tool that can be bought at an auto parts store to separate the two.


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Tom in MO

05-16-2013 05:07:16

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 Re: TO-20 Rear Drag Link/Tie Rod End... in reply to Ark68SS, 05-15-2013 21:27:27  
Thanks, All.

I thought I had read about the "Whack On The Steering Arm Method" somewhere, either here or on the N Board, but I couldn"t find it.

I was a little leery of hitting the steering arm, but I"ll give it a try.

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