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    Supplies for building

    Where does everyone buy their supplies for building links?

    do you buy local or order from online and from where?

    for steering linkage is everyone just using 8-32 threaded rod and 1/4" od .035 wall tubing?

    do you use the same thing to make suspension links?

    I have seen the solid rods but how do you put the ends on?

    drill and tap and then what do you use to attach the ends?


    If you have links can you please post?

    Thank you

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    Supplies for building

    I use several different things depending on the application. Some are made from Delrin rods. Just drill and tap a hole. Screw in a bolt and cut off the head. After a quick clean up with a grinder, you are ready for the link ends.

    I also use aluminum tubing. It comes from McMaster Carr, which is where I get the delrin. The tubing is 3/16" and the part number is 89965K16. Just drill out with a 3/32" bit and tap to M3.

    The last option are Ti rods. These come in different lengths and are expensive. Problem is the company I was getting them from stopped selling them. Some stores still have a few left in stock, but options are limited.

    I also get kits from places like Blue Monkey and just make them work.

    I would not use threaded rod. I only use this for mock up since it's quick. I have a bag of all different sizes for when I am making a new set up.

    Wes

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    thank you very much. I will order some up and make some links

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    I would only use the aluminum for the upper ones. I typically use Ti for lowers, but delrin works nice as well.

    You can also buy some 1/4" delrin sheet and cut custom bent ones. Just check out Blue Monkey for inspiration.

    Wes

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    thanks I was looking at saw some like that and was going to get some other stuff to make skid plates and stuff to put the electronics on

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    McMaster Carr is a great resource. You can get a lot of good stuff from them.

    Wes

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    plain ol 3/16" brakeline threaded to 6-32 or 4mm to fit threaded rod cut into 1" length's to fit the dubro rod ends I use, super simple....
    "It does not matter how slowly you go, as long as you do not stop"

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