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Just did the mini truck disc brake conversion on my 72 fj40 this weekend. I reused the cruiser tie rod so I wouldn't have to shorten the drag link. I put shims in the TREs and so far it works great but I'm worried that the shims will work loose. Now for the question: Are there any TREs made that will fit the cruiser tie rod and the mini truck steering arms? I need the one on the passenger side with the hole for the drag link and just the regular type for the driver's side. <IMG SRC="smilies/question.gif" border="0"> TIA

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IMO, replace the ends with minitruck and get a new tie rod. Your 72 tie rod is 30 years old and I'll bet the insides are weakened 50% or more from rust. Spend another $80 on a good quality DOM die rod so you don't have to worry about it.

IIRC, 80 series rod ends are another option....perhaps someone else is up on that one...
 

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Thanks, Woody. The cruiser tie rod still seems pretty sound and is quite a bit larger than the 81 mini truck rod that I have. Are the later model mini tie rods any larger? If I decide to go with a custom rod, who does a good job at a fair price? I'm a cheep bastard and I'm already way over budget on this project.

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