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Old December 14th, 2011, 09:18 PM   #1
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Cut the knuckle or dont cut the knuckle.

Im just about done with my front axle swap on my commando. I did a flat top knuckle with a high steer setup. Being the first time im dealing with this setup im not sure what to do.
Do you guys cut the old tie rod mounting ear off or do you leave it for some reason. I think it looks like hell and want it gone but not sure if i cut it off am i compromising some kind of strength in the nuckle itself. Looks like there are a couple of ribs cast into the knuckle along the length of the old ear. What do you guys do here.
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Old December 14th, 2011, 09:20 PM   #2
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Old December 14th, 2011, 09:21 PM   #3
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why?
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Old December 14th, 2011, 09:25 PM   #4
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Future changes down the road, possible sale of axle or knuckles down the road.

When I went from over the top tie rods to hiems, I didn't want to drill the tie rod hole for bolts as that would keep me from running tie rods again. So I bought a stud insert that was tapered on one end that matched a Chevy tie rod and a stud on the other that fit the hiem.

Once you cut that off, then that's it, can't go back.
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Old December 14th, 2011, 09:27 PM   #5
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Ah, i see.
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Old December 16th, 2011, 07:39 PM   #6
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I left mine too. The guy from Parts Mike convinced me using the same logic as above.
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Old December 16th, 2011, 10:14 PM   #7
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Id just cut it. Chances are your just going to keep the axle for quite some time anyways. Besides when you do go to sell it chances are its going to be on here, and someone would see the high steer as an up grade and not care about the cut knuckle. my .02
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Old December 17th, 2011, 07:14 AM   #8
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Most people won't buy a knuckle that has been cut, people who want a cut knuckle will still buy an uncut knuckle because its easy enough to do later. You can't add the arm back on. Its easy to sit here now and think this is it, this is the last axle ill build or install I'm done. Reality 1-3 yrs down the road plans change, rigs change, axles changes. When it comes to selling stuff its about appealing to more then less.
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Old December 17th, 2011, 07:24 AM   #9
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If you ever go full hydro you are likely to use the lower arm.
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Old December 17th, 2011, 07:28 AM   #10
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Reselling it is not my concern. I just don't want to compromise strength by cutting it. I want it to look nice and bve fully functional. I think if I ever do go full hydro I would go to a 60 up front. So I think I may cut it.
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Old December 17th, 2011, 07:31 AM   #11
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Old December 17th, 2011, 07:31 AM   #12
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cut that fawker off! hahahha
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Old December 17th, 2011, 07:40 AM   #13
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I have a dodge 60 front and have thought about this when i do high steer. Im 90% sure i will cut mine off. Im not a fan of the look. But then again im not worried about selling the axle. just my two cents

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Old December 17th, 2011, 07:43 AM   #14
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Old December 17th, 2011, 09:49 AM   #15
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leave it. Some high-steer kits actually use the lower stock mounting location to put the bolt is double sheer. You never know if you'll want it down the road.
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Old December 17th, 2011, 07:19 PM   #16
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Cut it off and be done with it.
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Old December 17th, 2011, 07:26 PM   #17
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Old December 17th, 2011, 07:29 PM   #18
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I left mine, I didn't see a down to leaving them, and I have more options in the future.
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Old December 17th, 2011, 07:50 PM   #19
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Leave it. If you bash a rock hard enough and it's not there, you'll crush the castle nut and have to cut it off.
If you leave the arm there, it will help protect it. I'm assuming this isn't a 100 point show vehicle......
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Old January 5th, 2012, 09:16 PM   #20
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Cut that thing off and throw it thru the shop window......
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