All 5-tons: Heavy Duty Torque Rod Ends

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Simp has had numerous of the ball joint type wear out early. He does run a lot of weight, so you be the judge. I did the retaining plate myself, and if you do it yourself is quite low cost. Access to large and mill makes it go quick and easy. I went full disc washers, and see no signs of running, even after being off-road. Rectangular plate would guarantee no contact. I like mechanical fastening, due to not wanting heating of the center when welding things onto them.
 

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Simp has had numerous of the ball joint type wear out early. He does run a lot of weight, so you be the judge. I did the retaining plate myself, and if you do it yourself is quite low cost. Access to large and mill makes it go quick and easy. I went full disc washers, and see no signs of running, even after being off-road. Rectangular plate would guarantee no contact. I like mechanical fastening, due to not wanting heating of the center when welding things onto them.
I watched his videos and posts on those ball joints wearing out and I also read your entire thread where you put the plate, and I put a plate on one of mine that's going out. (Posted in what have you done to your 5 ton)

The one with the rectangle already attached I assume was built like that before the rubber was attached by the look of it. Seeing as how I can get them for $80 at 6x6parts it seems like a no-brainer but I like double checking before I pull the trigger.

I like mechanical connections too, especially in an application like this where you could damage the rubber.
 
Felt a slight tug when accelerating, looked in driver side mirror, rear axle tire “poking out”.

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I got real lucky.....the spring pack is still on the axle (barely), no torn lines (phew). I’ll lift it up and do a field repair....but now considering changing out all 6 dog bones. It’s a 925.......easier to pull bed and work from the top (for the top dog bones)....?

Thank you

Bob
 

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Felt a slight tug when accelerating, looked in driver side mirror, rear axle tire “poking out”.

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I got real lucky.....the spring pack is still on the axle (barely), no torn lines (phew). I’ll lift it up and do a field repair....but now considering changing out all 6 dog bones. It’s a 925.......easier to pull bed and work from the top (for the top dog bones)....?

Thank you

Bob
Nope. Wrench will fit between the spring pack and the frame to get the uppers loose and then you can work from sitting on the ground to get the bone off the axle clamp. On normal cargo trucks its pretty easy. The wrecker suspensions are the pain
 

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Agreed. I did all 6 rods on the ground with nothing removed or jacked up. Went fine. Don’t make it more work than it needs to be. The cotter pins may not cooperate. I just turned the nut right through them to shear em’ off. All 12 went fine this way.
 

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If you are unable to get it back on, which could be the case, I have successfully used two of the wider commercial type ratchet straps to act as the control arms instead to get the truck home after a link end disconnect. One around the axle housing pulling tightly in each direction, forward and rear, and she drove home pretty darn well. I even went faster than I should have, but she did great.
 
Got the dog bone back on! Used a farm jack to lift the spring pack......then used a Bobcat to push the tire in.....while pulling with a John Deere tractor from the front (long strap). I tried using a come along initially....not enough pulling power.

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I greased up the rubber on the insert along with the steel mounting post.....then used a large C clamp to pull them together. I cut a steel 5” disc, 1/2” thick.....and added the “Steel Soldier Keeper plate”.....thank you to you guys!!!! Great idea, excellent advice.

Bob
 
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