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Old 11-25-2019, 01:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Which 4 Link Rod Ends?

Hi Guys, looking to do a 4 link set up on a vehicle and am looking for some input on which rod ends to use for my situation.
I am in Australia and most of the stuff will have to come from the US, DOM tubing is not easy to get here, and the best I can do is schedule 80 pipe which is close to the dimensions of 2"DOM, (1.9" OD 1.5" ID 0.2" wall) so that is what I will be using.
Vehicle will be almost always off-road in the Tropics, so lots of water crossings, mud, sticky clay, and then fine dust when things are dry, I understand Heim joints will suffer in this, so what would be the best option, either weld on or threaded??
any advice appreciated, thanks.
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Old 11-25-2019, 05:58 PM   #2 (permalink)
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if you can wait and want to spend money on the good stuff then the first place i would go is EMF

https://www.emfrodends.com/

threaded into weld in bungs, and look harder for DOM tubing you should be able to order somewhere over there, or go with solid aluminum and drill and tap the ends
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Yep EMF, best you can get .
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FK. Smaller heims package easier, and lighter as well. There are probably 10 thousand of them for sale right now.
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Emf if you have the money and time.
I have emf medium duty rod ends, they are great. Im running fk heims on my panhard though, and they are fine. They've actually been on the rig longer than the emf have. I go through mud and all other crap on the trails. For reference, i built it in 2012...
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Thanks Guys, the EMF ends at definitely at the top end price wise, but I do like the ease of assembly and adjustment. Did look for DOM last year, had to get a 20ft length that had to come from 2500 miles away, cost with freight was around US$ 700, thats why I settled on sch80 pipe, only other option is heavy wall square tube. Not sure on Heims, hear they wear out quick in mud and water, a rebuildable joint is probably the go as any replacement parts will have to come from the US.
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I'm going to be running these on my lower links. I used the weldable uniball version on the upper and lower A-Arms of my last buggy. The key to any joint surviving is being able to grease and purge out the debris, and these joints have zerks.
I was planning on using 2.5" x .25" wall square tube for the links as the coilovers and sway bar and wobble stop linkage will all be attached to the link. Still wondering about using 2.5" x .25" DOM for higher material strength, even though the attachments will be more difficult. Ballistic also makes a round 2.5" OD x 2" ID tube adapter that will fit the DOM or square tube.

https://www.ballisticfabrication.com...listic-rod-end

They also run sales every holiday so the price should be 15 to 20% off. They have active inventory displayed so you can see if they are in stock.

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