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Fbody / AFCO centerlink swap

Post by TNTS79 » Wed Mar 30, 2016 11:46 am

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.

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Re: Fbody / AFCO centerlink swap

Post by 1981Regal » Wed Mar 30, 2016 12:37 pm

What is better about this setup?
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Re: Fbody / AFCO centerlink swap

Post by TNTS79 » Wed Mar 30, 2016 12:43 pm

1981Regal wrote: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

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Re: Fbody / AFCO centerlink swap

Post by Doober » Sat Apr 09, 2016 4:29 pm

Interesting. 3rd gen F-Body? That'd make 3 Camaro parts on my Malibu :lol:
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Re: Fbody / AFCO centerlink swap

Post by TNTS79 » Sat Apr 09, 2016 4:31 pm

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

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Re: Fbody / AFCO centerlink swap

Post by 1981Regal » Sat Apr 09, 2016 4:58 pm

Lower rear control arms fit as well 3rd and 4th Gen
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Re: Fbody / AFCO centerlink swap

Post by malibuguy » Sat Apr 09, 2016 5:10 pm

I need to do this when I change out the rest of my suspension
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Re: Fbody / AFCO centerlink swap

Post by shoedoos » Sun Apr 10, 2016 2:47 am

TNTS79 wrote:
1981Regal wrote: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?

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Re: Fbody / AFCO centerlink swap

Post by TNTS79 » Sun Apr 10, 2016 9:42 am

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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Re: Fbody / AFCO centerlink swap

Post by 82wagon » Wed Apr 13, 2016 3:21 pm

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

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Re: Fbody / AFCO centerlink swap

Post by TNTS79 » Wed Apr 13, 2016 5:19 pm

It's the same part as the AFCO centerlink!

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Re: Fbody / AFCO centerlink swap

Post by shotgun » Tue Apr 26, 2016 5:13 pm

I am learning myself but don't they make Mr Ackerman unhappy?
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Re: Fbody / AFCO centerlink swap

Post by vickysbu » Sat May 27, 2017 10:45 pm

TNTS79 wrote:
1981Regal wrote: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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Re: Fbody / AFCO centerlink swap

Post by TURNA » Mon May 29, 2017 10:21 am

Part number?

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