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« Reply #30 on: February 17, 2009, 12:02:50 PM »

The best tapping fluid I have come across is Castrol's Moly Dee, slick stuff and stays with the tap.
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« Reply #31 on: February 17, 2009, 08:09:38 PM »

When you adjust your ends how much of the heim joint's threads are still in the tube?
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« Reply #32 on: August 12, 2009, 02:02:38 PM »

Speedway catalog has them for ten bucks. There steel and swedged, from 3/4", 5/8" 1/2". From 9" 12" in 1" increments. 13 bucks for 13" to 20".  Aluminum ones in 7/16", 3/8", 3/16" for the same price or cheaper.
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« Reply #33 on: August 14, 2009, 12:53:07 AM »

you can also go to any dirt car parts house. here in the houston area we have 4 parts houses, an they have all the rods and rod ends you can handle. a quick note the shifter rods we use on are dirt cars work real well for steerin,brake rods. they come with right and left hand theads already, an a cool note they come in different colors red,gold,blue,mill, an the hard to find purple lol
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« Reply #34 on: September 10, 2009, 10:09:09 AM »

does anyone have good pics of how they put together thier radius rods, I for some reason cannot grasp it right now... oops
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« Reply #35 on: February 07, 2010, 09:28:12 AM »

I  bought two sticks of the aluminum tube from Mcmaster. I ordered it at 5:30 on Thursday evening and it was at my work place Friday at noon!!! Awesome service! Anyway I'm going the cheap lazy route and only using rh thread ends. I know I should have sprung and bought some ends from ebay that were LH and a tap but my team is in money saving mode now to try to build up some reserves in case of break downs during the season.I think regular thread cutting oil will be fine as long as you take your time tapping the threads and go a little and back it out some etc...
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« Reply #36 on: March 21, 2010, 12:07:37 PM »

WD-40 makes a good taping liquid for aluminum    I use it when cutting aluminum all the time  Keeps the shavings from sticking to the cutters.
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« Reply #37 on: August 18, 2010, 05:55:33 PM »

I've always used ATF (auto transmission fluid) for cutting oil on any type of metal. Always had good results too.
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« Reply #38 on: December 30, 2010, 08:11:34 PM »

BMI,ANY LENGTH YOU WANT. JUST CALL.
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« Reply #39 on: December 30, 2010, 09:05:43 PM »

About twenty years ago I worked in a machine shop with a lot of old time machinists and they used kerosene on aluminum when using manual machines or by hand.   Been using it ever since. 
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« Reply #40 on: January 04, 2011, 10:25:53 PM »

to prevent aluminum from sticking to my cut off wheel i take a stick of candle wax to the cut off wheel, works really good
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« Reply #41 on: December 04, 2011, 07:34:55 PM »

With that Mcmaster company how fair is their shipping? i entered all the parts i wanted and it would give me a shipping price. Maybe i computer dumb i dunno
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« Reply #42 on: December 04, 2011, 07:37:21 PM »

Ive bought from them several times and shipping is as fair as anyone else. Its usually 10 to 15 bucks.
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« Reply #43 on: December 04, 2011, 07:44:34 PM »

Thanks for the quick reply. I will give them a try.
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« Reply #44 on: March 07, 2012, 05:47:44 PM »

All right for all of you who make these radius rods at home without a lathe...........I got a nice shortcut for making radius rods for your steering, brake & clutch linkages.

I use 3/8" rod ends on most of my linkages and tried the ol' drill and tap of a solid piece of aluminum and found it to be a frustrating trying to get a perfectly centered and straight hole drilled into it using a hand drill and a vice. Then you tap it and see crooked the tap is going in due to the wonderful hole you tried to drill straight!

Well...Here was my solution.....

I ordered a 8 foot long length of aluminum round tube from McMaster-Carr.

This tube has a O.D. of .563 and a I.D. of .327

Cut it to your desired length and tap it...No need to drill because the I.D. is perfect for a 3/8-24 tap!

The 8' length has a price of $10.58 +shipping (Dirt cheap......cost me less than $7.00 for shipping)

McMaster-Carr Part Number 1658T47

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I can make a total of 10 radius rods out of a 8' length of this tubing for my racer.

Being a 8' length....plenty left over to make spares to bring to the races!



does a .001 of the original size you used a really big difference because mcmaster only has now .328 not the .327
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