HELP Blazer Brakes & G Outer Tie Rod Ends?

fleming442

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Of those that have this combo, did I miss something, or is Proforged stuff junk (the name is impressive)?
When I first did the swap (Belltech Blazer drop spindles, Spohn/Proforged steering gear for a G body), I noticed that the tie rod ends and adjuster sleeves were too long. That's easy enough; cut them down to fit- done. Then, once everything is to length, the tie rod ends are too tall in the steering arms (teeth in the castle nuts below the Cotter pin hole), and I stripped the castle nuts with the impact gun. Oh well, run it. Fast forward to last week when my daughter found a tie rod boot in the driveway. It was split down the middle, and sure enough, it had fallen off the passenger side. Today, I swapped the outer tie rods out. When I cracked the driver side, that boot had split, too. I had to cut them to length again, and stacked some washers on top of the steering arms so the nuts don't bottom.
Do I have the wrong parts, or is Proforged stuff junk?
 

fleming442

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Ok, I think I have found the problem, but would like to know if anyone here knows this first: are the adjuster threads the same between S-10/Blazer and G body?
Proforged lists 2 different tie rod ends: http://proforged.mycarparts.net/products/Proforged-104-10207?product_application_id=13819765810 and http://proforged.mycarparts.net/products/Proforged-104-10019?product_application_id=13819774033 , but doesn't note the differences between the 2. If it's the taper into the arm that's different and the adjuster threads are the same, I should be good to go.

I don't recall seeing this here before. I assumed the parts were interchangeable, but apparently, NOT. Oh, and of course, the S-10/Blazer ones are DOUBLE the price. FML
 

fleming442

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On their contact page: "If you purchased from one of our retailers, please contact them regarding any tech support, warranty claims, or returns.
If you still need assistance, we’re happy to help! Please contact us via one of the methods below."

I guess I'll call Spohn first....
 

jakes87SS

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i'm running stock blazer spindles and brakes with the entire proforged steering linkage and tall ball joints and i can say nothing but good things about all my parts did you check the part numbers on boxes and then visually check all your parts before you just when ham hanging parts?
 

fleming442

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i'm running stock blazer spindles and brakes with the entire proforged steering linkage and tall ball joints and i can say nothing but good things about all my parts did you check the part numbers on boxes and then visually check all your parts before you just when ham hanging parts?
Yeah, I got the G body tie rods. The Proforged didn't fit right the first time on the Blazer spindles, and neither did Carquest on the stock spindles.

The only thing I can figure is that the taper is slightly different allowing the tie rod stud to go higher in the arm, thus crushing the boot prematurely and the castle nut not sitting at the right height. I put a lot of miles on, and want to get it right.
 

pontiacgp

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I think that the parts must be wrong. I assume your using a stock center link so I can't see any other issue that would make the tie rods ends and adjuster too long.
 

fleming442

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I think that the parts must be wrong. I assume your using a stock center link so I can't see any other issue that would make the tie rods ends and adjuster too long.
It's the Proforged center, idler, inner and outer, and adjusters from Spohn for a G. When I first installed it, the toe was way out, so I had to cut the adjusters and tie rod ends down to bring the wheels in. The problem now is the premature boot failure; I can guarantee that happened in less than 10,000 miles. They split right down one side.
I doubt Proforged will do anything because of the model mismatch....
 

MC96

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GM tie rod tapers inner and outer are all the same in my experience
 

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