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Rod ends are used to connect the ends of control rods, steering links and other tie rods used for mechanical control. A rod end provides an effective point-to-point contact with the center of rotation lying on the axis of both attached shafts.

Further to this, what size rod ends for 4 link?

Most common rod ends are the 3/4" shank necked down to 1/2" thru bolts, this is what most of your 4 link brakets are using....

Eventually, how do you measure a rod end? It is simply a count of the number of threads per inch measured along the length of the threaded rod. The diameter of the outer edge of thread represents the Thread Size. You are aiming for the same measurement location when measuring the diameter of a female rod end.

Equal, can you rebuild tie rod ends?

Tie-rod ends are a ball and socket that wear out and aren't rebuilt; that I know of. There are however other ways to fix your problem which other members will tell you about.

What are Heim joints used for?

Heim joints are commonly used for steering on buggies and race trucks because they can be found in much larger sizes than even “one ton” tie-rod ends. While we are using the term Heim joint, named after the inventor Lewis Heim, these are also known as spherical rod ends.

BESTSELLER NO. 1 in 2022

Rod End 3/8 x 3/8-24 ECF6 Female Economy Right Hand Rod End Bearing with Jam Nut Included Heim Joint Rod End Direct

Rod End 3/8 x 3/8-24 ECF6 Female Economy Right Hand Rod End Bearing with Jam Nut Included Heim Joint Rod End Direct
  • C1045 Steel Body
  • 52100 Steel Bearing Precision Ground
  • 3/8’’ Bore x 3/8-24 Internal Right-Hand Threads
  • High Quality Premium Economy Rod End
  • Each Package Contains 1 Rod End
BESTSELLER NO. 2 in 2022

3/4” Rod End Heim Joint KIT Left and Right Hand Thread 2 Big .750” Chromoly Joints

3/4” Rod End Heim Joint KIT Left and Right Hand Thread 2 Big .750” Chromoly Joints
  • Includes 1-right hand thread 1-Left hand thread Heim set. Spacers Jam nuts and tube adapters included.
  • 3/4” 16tpi Thread
  • 1-piece design Heat Treated steel
  • Never needs grease
  • 28,000 Pound static load rating
BESTSELLER NO. 3 in 2022

Ivilon Window Curtain Rod End Cap - 1 inch Pole. 120 to 240 Inch. Black

Ivilon Window Curtain Rod End Cap - 1 inch Pole. 120 to 240 Inch. Black
  • Telescoping drapery treatment window curtain rod extra large size extends from 120 in. to 240 in. (10 feet to 20 feet)
  • Strong metal rod of 1-inch diameter, all dimensions are shown in the last image of the product.
  • Ivilon drapery rod set comes ready to hang with all the mounting hardware, telescoping rods, finials, brackets, screws, wall anchors, and instructions.
  • Match it with any type of draperies, on your living room, bedroom, sliding door and more.
  • Matching color Ivilon clip rings or loop rings are available separately. Each set is carefully checked for quality assurance.
BESTSELLER NO. 4 in 2022

Rod End 5/16 x 5/16-24 ECF5 Female Economy Right Hand Rod End Bearing with Jam Nut Included Heim Joint Rod End Direct

Rod End 5/16 x 5/16-24 ECF5 Female Economy Right Hand Rod End Bearing with Jam Nut Included Heim Joint Rod End Direct
  • C1045 Steel Body
  • 52100 Steel Bearing Precision Ground & Heat Treated
  • 5/16’’ Bore x 5/16-24 Internal Right-Hand Threads
  • High Quality Premium Economy Rod End
  • Comes Complete with Jam Nut So You Have Everything You Need!
BESTSELLER NO. 5 in 2022

American Star XMR 14 7/8 X 7/8-14 RH Thread Heim Joint Rod End W/ 7/8" Bore (Set of 2 with Jam Nuts)

American Star XMR 14 7/8 X 7/8-14 RH Thread Heim Joint Rod End W/ 7/8
  • 4130 Chromoly Aircraft Grade Steel
  • Set of 2 Right Hand Heim Joint Rod Ends
  • 7/8-14 with 7/8 bore
  • EXTREMELY DURABLE TEFLON KEVLAR RACE
  • BALL IS HEAT TREATED AND CHROME PLATED
BESTSELLER NO. 6 in 2022

American Star 4130 Chromoly 1/2 Inch XMR8 Rod Ends/Heim Joints (Set of 4)

American Star 4130 Chromoly 1/2 Inch XMR8 Rod Ends/Heim Joints (Set of 4)
  • Manufactured out of super tough 4130 Aircraft Grade Chromoly Steel
  • Durable, Tough and Long Lasting Chrome Plated Finish.
  • 1/2-20 SAE Thread Pitch with 1/2 Inch (.500) Hole
  • 16,250 lb Lateral Load Rating
  • Simply The Best 1/2 Rod End On The Market Today
BESTSELLER NO. 7 in 2022

Smartsails SI10T / K, Aperture 10mm Inner Diameter Self-Lubricating Rod End Joint Bearing Female Thread Female Right Hand 2 Pieces

Smartsails SI10T / K, Aperture 10mm Inner Diameter Self-Lubricating Rod End Joint Bearing Female Thread Female Right Hand 2 Pieces
  • Product Name : Rod End Bearing ; Connector Type : Female
  • Material : Metal; Main Color : Silver Tone ; Ball Hole Diameter : 10mm/ 0.39"
  • FEATURES: 10mm Bore Self Lubricating Female Right Hand.
  • APPLICATION: Widely Used In Machinery, Power Tools,Automation Equipment, CNC equipment, And So On.
  • Package : 2 x Rod End Bearing
BESTSELLER NO. 8 in 2022

QSC 3/8 X 3/8-24 Economy 4-Link Rod End Kit, Rod End, Heim Joint

QSC 3/8 X 3/8-24 Economy 4-Link Rod End Kit, Rod End, Heim Joint
  • 4 Right Hand & 4 Left Hand
  • Rod Ends Specs: Body: C1045 Steel Heat Treated, Ball 52100 Bearing Steel Precision Ground Heat Treated, Bore: .375, Ball Width: .500, Thread: 3/8-24, Load Rating: 7,605
  • Jam Nut Specs: Thread: 3/8-24, Width: 9/16, Height: 1/4
BESTSELLER NO. 9 in 2022

Que-T 10pcs Metal Link Rod End M4 Ball Joint Head for RC Crawler Car (Black)

Que-T 10pcs Metal Link Rod End M4 Ball Joint Head for RC Crawler Car (Black)
  • Material: Metal
  • Ball Hole Diameter: 3mm
  • Total Length:22mm
  • Thread Hole Diameter: 4mm
  • Suitable for all 1/10 RC car, truck, buggy, crawler
BESTSELLER NO. 10 in 2022

Rod End 1/4 x 1/4-28 ECF4 Female Economy Right Hand Rod End Bearing with Jam Nut Included Heim Joint Rod End Direct

Rod End 1/4 x 1/4-28 ECF4 Female Economy Right Hand Rod End Bearing with Jam Nut Included Heim Joint Rod End Direct
  • C1045 Steel Body
  • 52100 Steel Bearing Precision Ground & Heat Treated
  • 1/4’’ Bore x 1/4-28 Internal Right-Hand Threads
  • High Quality Premium Economy Rod End
  • Comes Complete with Jam Nut So You Have Everything You Need!

5 More Questions Answered

What is a Johnny Joint?

The Johnny Joint was developed by John Currie as an alternative to traditional rod ends. Johnny Joints are known for their smooth ride and road manners - due to their polyurethane inserts. They are a hybrid design with the softness of a poly bushing and the misalignment of a rod end/heim joint.

How long should 4 link bars be?

Length should be two-times the wheel travel you expect; longer and flatter links generally perform better. A 36”- 42” link is commonly used for rigs with a wheelbase that is long enough to accommodate the size. Longer links are easier to bend, no matter which material is used.

How long do Heim joints last?

the lower link heims last about 2 years, and the rest....well I am still on the same ones 5+ years after linking up. Same goes for the heims on the hydro steering. they are the originals going on 5 years old.

How do I know if my heim joints are bad?

Look very close at those rod-ends and spherical bearings that are stiff or hard to move. The slightest dent in the race (from too much angular movement during a crash), will make the bearing feel firm (stiff), for a time, then when that point of pressure is worn down, the joint becomes excessively loose.

Should tie rods be the same length?

It is critical to make sure that the tie rods are close to the same length after the toe adjustment is made. If one tie rod is longer than the other, it can indicate suspension damage, such as a bent steering arm or knuckle.