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I am down here in Melbourne FL for thanksgiving and brought my rig over to Josam’s to have an air leak fixed. I asked Barry to inspect the chassis for any other problems. When I went to pick it up he said the drag link would need to be replaced in 6-8 months. I know about the only place you can get them is Hendersons and they are expensive. Barry said that’s where he gets them. My question…..is this something I can replace? I have looked all over this form and can find people have fixed them by welding them but no one replacing them. Barry told me I need the 58 inch drag link so I know the one I need. Has anyone done this themselves?

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I had Barry at Josam's replace the drag link on my previous Windsor back in July of 2017. That is something that I have no desire to tackle so I let the experts, Josam's, do it for me.

I will be taking my Dynasty to Josam's sometime this winter to have some HWH Air Leveling leaks taken care of plus have the Borg Dully Stems and Tag Axle Stems replaced. I will have him also check my drag link since my coach is also a 2006. 

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When I lube and inspect my coach I'm always looking for problems.  When I check my drag link I basically grab it and put as much pressure on it to see if I see any play. 

Is there another way to check it???

I am not having any trouble with my steering, still no wondering, minimal play (if any) and I have the Sheppard box!!

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1 hour ago, jacwjames said:

When I lube and inspect my coach I'm always looking for problems.  When I check my drag link I basically grab it and put as much pressure on it to see if I see any play. 

Is there another way to check it???

I am not having any trouble with my steering, still no wondering, minimal play (if any) and I have the Sheppard box!!

Checking steering linkage is best done with 2 people. With the engine running and wheels strait ahead on a hard surface, one person turns the steering wheel back and forth through all of its free play plus a little more, just till you notice the wheels start to turn. The other person gets under the front and observes all the connections. Sometimes the play is hard to see so the person turning the wheel can try faster or slower movements. Also, try putting your hand on both sides of the connection and you can feel how much play there is.

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2 hours ago, Georgia Mike said:

I am down here in Melbourne FL for thanksgiving and brought my rig over to Josam’s to have an air leak fixed. I asked Barry to inspect the chassis for any other problems. When I went to pick it up he said the drag link would need to be replaced in 6-8 months. I know about the only place you can get them is Hendersons and they are expensive. Barry said that’s where he gets them. My question…..is this something I can replace? I have looked all over this form and can find people have fixed them by welding them but no one replacing them. Barry told me I need the 58 inch drag link so I know the one I need. Has anyone done this themselves?

Changing a drag link is not a big job but separating the tapered ends from there socket is tricky if you don't know how. Probably using a pickle fork is the easiest but it's not available to everyone and you shouldn't use it on any joint that you intend to reuse. Without a pickle fork, loosen the nut but don't take it clear off. Position a bar between the 2 sides so you can apply some separating pressure  then hit the end of the tapered eye with a very large hammer. This is also easier done with 2 people. They can be a bear and it may take a lot of prying and a lot of hitting before they separate.

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On 11/24/2022 at 8:40 AM, Georgia Mike said:

I am down here in Melbourne FL for thanksgiving and brought my rig over to Josam’s to have an air leak fixed. I asked Barry to inspect the chassis for any other problems. When I went to pick it up he said the drag link would need to be replaced in 6-8 months. I know about the only place you can get them is Hendersons and they are expensive. Barry said that’s where he gets them. My question…..is this something I can replace? I have looked all over this form and can find people have fixed them by welding them but no one replacing them. Barry told me I need the 58 inch drag link so I know the one I need. Has anyone done this themselves?

I was just over at JOSAM's a week ago and he told me I had the same exact problem.  He said a new one would be around $1,500 and gave me the same exact time frame to get mine replaced.  He wanted me to schedule an appointment but I told him to check as to when he could get one and let me know and then I'd have him schedule me in.  With the unknown regarding parts availability it could be a problem even getting one anytime soon.

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