Taiden
Taiden HalfDork
7/21/11 8:07 a.m.

Where do you guys like to buy these types of parts?

And somewhat related, is there any reason you can't just make tie rod ends out of heim joints?

JoeyM
JoeyM Mod Squad
7/21/11 8:09 a.m.

most locost guys use mcmaster carr http://www.mcmaster.com/

For simple stuff, speedway motors

oldtin
oldtin Dork
7/21/11 8:14 a.m.

^^ this. Speedway also has tapered posts for making tie rod ends with heims (or you can ream the taper out of a spindle/steering arm.

mike
mike Reader
7/21/11 8:15 a.m.

+1 for McMaster and Speedway. I also buy from Pegasus Auto Racing.

16vCorey
16vCorey SuperDork
7/21/11 8:41 a.m.

If you need it now, check local kart shops. They usually carry most of that stuff.

Giant Purple Snorklewacker
Giant Purple Snorklewacker SuperDork
7/21/11 8:52 a.m.

+2 for McMaster, Speedway, Pegasus

pilotbraden
pilotbraden HalfDork
7/21/11 9:44 a.m.

I use Mid State Bolt and Screw. I do not think that they have heim joints, but they have everything else that you are looking for.

http://www.midstatesbolt.com/

ReverendDexter
ReverendDexter UberDork
7/21/11 9:55 a.m.

I've heard reference to something referred to as "the Coleman Catalog" as a source for all that, guess it's popular with dirt-track guys.

Dr. Hess
Dr. Hess SuperDork
7/21/11 10:10 a.m.

Racer Parts Wholesale: http://www.racerpartswholesale.com/category/Rod_Ends

McMaster's is good too, of course, but higher in price. And Pegasus has top quality stuff.

44Dwarf
44Dwarf Dork
7/21/11 10:57 a.m.

Rod ends at least 1/2x20 the cheapest place is Capital motorsports http://www.cmwraceparts.com/ when you figure in the cost of the jam nuts and shipping. They even beat the guy on e-bay selling "4 Link rod end Kits"

Theses guys are good too. http://www.midwestcontrol.com/

As for sweadge tubes i make my own. I used to buy 3/4 6160 from McMaster and drill and tap but now i just by the "tap tube" from Left Hander chasis. It's 6 or 8 sided alum extruded with the proper hole size for taps. Now i keep 6ft in the race trailer and a set of left and right taps cut the bar to size and put the taps in the cordless drill.

https://www.lefthanderchassis.com/v2a/viewproduct_group.asp?idgroup=2512542

Lefthander has steel tap tube in biger size too.

slantvaliant
slantvaliant Dork
7/21/11 11:23 a.m.

or, get all fancy and go to Aircraft Spruce

JoeyM
JoeyM SuperDork
7/21/11 12:14 p.m.
slantvaliant wrote: or, get all fancy and go to Aircraft Spruce

They actually have good prices on clecos.....MUCH better than speedway

turboswede
turboswede SuperDork
7/21/11 1:49 p.m.

I have to second Midwest Control. They've done right by my customers and I for the shift linkage conversions I've done on several Dodge Omni's.

bigdaddylee82
bigdaddylee82 New Reader
7/21/11 2:39 p.m.
Taiden
Taiden HalfDork
8/19/11 7:43 p.m.

I have this sudden urge to go flip a canoe

Stealthtercel
Stealthtercel HalfDork
8/19/11 8:00 p.m.

Hey, cut the robot some slack. Not everybody can spell "unexceptionable." Of course, the robot may not actually know what it means.

oldeskewltoy
oldeskewltoy HalfDork
8/19/11 8:06 p.m.

http://qualityairride.com/front_page

oswaldo
oswaldo
4/12/16 4:16 p.m.

Had pretty good success finding what I need at https://www.rodendstore.com/rod-ends

Here's a place to search for threaded tube as well: https://www.levelxms.com/chassis-steering-suspension/chassis-components/threaded-tubes

Knurled
Knurled MegaDork
4/12/16 4:29 p.m.
Taiden wrote: And somewhat related, is there any reason you can't just make tie rod ends out of heim joints?

I have large beefy Heims in my rear suspension.

They last about two days before they rattle, and I can move the pinion up and down about half a degree or so. That would be utterly unacceptable in a steering system.

Also the noise drives me up the wall.

Stefan (Not Bruce)
Stefan (Not Bruce) MegaDork
4/12/16 4:53 p.m.

https://www.midwestcontrol.com/

rslifkin
rslifkin HalfDork
4/12/16 5:15 p.m.
Knurled wrote:
Taiden wrote: And somewhat related, is there any reason you can't just make tie rod ends out of heim joints?
I have large beefy Heims in my rear suspension. They last about two days before they rattle, and I can move the pinion up and down about half a degree or so. That would be utterly unacceptable in a steering system. Also the noise drives me up the wall.

Offroad guys use heim joint steering fairly regularly. It's just a matter of finding joints that will hold up.

Furious_E
Furious_E HalfDork
4/12/16 5:37 p.m.

Holy zombie thread, Batman!

Relevant question, though: has anyone here ever built their own control arms/panhard bar? Worth it? And how bad do rod ends suck on the street? I've thought about doing some like This before but keep chickening out because I would much rather the liability of a potential failure fall on someone else. Assuming the same tube dimensions used in the link, it seems the tensile strength should be more than sufficient (and theoretically no bending load with the heim joints??), I just worry about thread tear out.

Also, any good source for 1.125-1.250 OD threaded aluminum tubing like that in the link? Seems that all I could find the last time I looked were 1" or less in diameter.

impulsive
impulsive Reader
4/12/16 10:02 p.m.
has anyone here ever built their own control arms/panhard bar?

I did a panhard bar for my 2.6 Impulse.

you can see one end of it in this photo:

https://grassrootsmotorsports.com/media/img/readerrides/IMG_0077_1.JPG

aluminum tube came from Speedway, rod end too I think. the high misalignment spacers came cheapest from ebay- I had to slightly modify in a lathe for my application. the axle end uses one of these:

after I got the axle centered I have not had to touch it.

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