Fbody / AFCO centerlink swap

TNTS79

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Read a few reviews and I wasn't quite sure the centerlink swap would work. Had read guys saying they had to cut the skid horn off the crossmember etc... Well I did the swap and it works out fine. Skid horn does not need removed. I had to trim down my tie rods by about 1/2" per inner and outer ends. Went ahead and swapped back to the longer gbody pitman arm while I was under there. Also hit up Gboz on here and finally got a Jeep steering shaft. Whole reason for the upgrade is a new alignment was in the works after rebuilding the control arms and the old center link ran a little downhill - always lightly rubbed on the oil pan on the passenger side. Now I have plenty of clearance everywhere. I will upload the pictures to my photobucket so I can share them.

Stock Centerlink


DS 1049 centerlink installed


Gboz jeep shaft
 

TNTS79

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1981Regal said:
What is better about this setup?
This is what AFCO has to say...

Improved geometry drag link relocates the inner tie rod end to shorten both tie rod assemblies, which improves steering geometry by reducing the excessive toe out that is common to GM Metric chassis during normal suspension travel (bump steer).

For me personally, it lowers the inner tie rod connection point which gave me more oil pan clearance that I needed. It also allowed me to keep the jounce bars going from the skid horn to the frame rail ends. If you are swapping a worn center link this one is worth considering. *Does require tie rod ends to be shortened*

Also don't pay the $90 for the AFCO link, I got a TRW on RockAuto for $25 shipped to my door
 

TNTS79

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Ysssir, rock auto is the cheapest place I have found - Trw or moog
 

malibuguy

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I need to do this when I change out the rest of my suspension
 

shoedoos

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TNTS79 said:
1981Regal said:
What is better about this setup?
This is what AFCO has to say...

Improved geometry drag link relocates the inner tie rod end to shorten both tie rod assemblies, which improves steering geometry by reducing the excessive toe out that is common to GM Metric chassis during normal suspension travel (bump steer).

For me personally, it lowers the inner tie rod connection point which gave me more oil pan clearance that I needed. It also allowed me to keep the jounce bars going from the skid horn to the frame rail ends. If you are swapping a worn center link this one is worth considering. *Does require tie rod ends to be shortened*

Also don't pay the $90 for the AFCO link, I got a TRW on RockAuto for $25 shipped to my door

Do you have a link to the centerlink you bought from Rockauto?
 

TNTS79

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Part number search DS 1049. Thought about buying all the TRW ones they had left and selling them for 35 shipped. Might have made $5 a piece. Figured it would be better to put the information out there for you guys to get them on your own. I got the car aligned the other day and the guy was able to get 7 degrees of + caster with the stock arms

 
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82wagon

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So does this new center link improve the suspension geometry like the afco centerlink?
 

TNTS79

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It's the same part as the AFCO centerlink!
 

vickysbu

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TNTS79 said:
1981Regal said:
What is better about this setup?
This is what AFCO has to say...

Improved geometry drag link relocates the inner tie rod end to shorten both tie rod assemblies, which improves steering geometry by reducing the excessive toe out that is common to GM Metric chassis during normal suspension travel (bump steer).

For me personally, it lowers the inner tie rod connection point which gave me more oil pan clearance that I needed. It also allowed me to keep the jounce bars going from the skid horn to the frame rail ends. If you are swapping a worn center link this one is worth considering. *Does require tie rod ends to be shortened*

Also don't pay the $90 for the AFCO link, I got a TRW on RockAuto for $25 shipped to my door[/quote
"Does require tierod ends to be shortened", how exactly do you shorten them, are we talking more turns into the tr sleeve, or actually trimming down the tierods themselves ?
 

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Part number?

How much did you have to cut of the tie rods?