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Upgraded Clutch Rod End?

Discussion in 'Intermediate CJ-5/6/7/8' started by Chilly, Nov 21, 2021.

  1. Nov 21, 2021

    Chilly Active Member

    Mar 12, 2007
    The lower end of the clutch rod (between pedal and rocker arm) is shot. Its the kind with a ball and socket, wrapped with a rubber dirt shield. I've read that the Crown/Omix repro ends are the suck. Would a Heim joint over a shoulder bolt be better? It won't seem as dirt resistant, but if the dirt resistant version is made of soft metal then maybe I'm better off with a heim joint?
  2. Nov 21, 2021

    melvinm Member

    Arvada Co. 80003
    Aug 11, 2012
    I have used heim joints for all kinds of linkages and they work great . They work best when used to push rather than pull.
  3. Nov 21, 2021

    timgr We stand on the shoulders of giants. 2022 Sponsor 2021 Sponsor 2020 Sponsor

    Medford Mass USA
    Aug 10, 2003
    I put Heim joints on the clutch linkage of both my CJ-6 and my J10. Recommended. I would do the J20 too, but the linkage is different.

    You can reuse the original adjustment rod and nut. The ball joint head is held on with a crimp and weld - grind through it and the end comes off, leaving a plain 3/8" rod. Thread the end of that rod to 3/8-24 and thread on a Heim joint. McMaster-Carr is a good source: McMaster-Carr

    This is from memory, so be sure to check the measurements before you order.

    I used the style linked above, which does not need a bolt. McMaster-Carr also sells a high-quality stainless ball end joint, similar to the original, if that seems better.

    I also replaced the lower joint on the rod from the clutch pedal. Same process. The upper joint is under the dash and likely won't suffer from weather like the joints on the bell crank.

    You can drill through the end of the original rod and put a bolt through it. It will work for a while. If you use the original ball joint style, I suggest a leash on the adjustment rod so you won't lose the rod and nut if the ball joint fails.
    Last edited: Nov 21, 2021
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