what size tap?

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mstatedog
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what size tap?

Post by mstatedog » Wed Jul 14, 2004 9:03 pm

what size tap do I need to chase or cut new threads in the end of a tie-rod on a ball joint front end??

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Post by Bruce2 » Thu Jul 15, 2004 4:23 am

M14x1.5, same as a 68 and up lug bolt.

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Post by mstatedog » Thu Jul 15, 2004 8:28 pm

thanks, thats the tap I bought...just seemed to cut a little deeper than the original threads.

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Post by Kubelmann » Thu Jul 15, 2004 11:46 pm

It only seems to cut deeper because you are removing the oxides that have formed and built up. What are you doing about chasing the left hand thread side. I ask because I have an original Long 181 tie rod that needs the left hand thread chased adn know that a left hand threaded tap is pricey.. K-mann

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Post by mstatedog » Fri Jul 16, 2004 7:39 am

Actually I just need to do one side. I have narrowed a beam for my bug and will be cutting some length off each tie-rod....so I don't need the other one. When I run the tap through, it does take a hair of fresh metal off...its not cross-threading. This is why I initially asked the question about the tap size.

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Post by Augie » Wed Jul 21, 2004 12:43 am

I bought RH and LH taps from MSC. That is Manhatten Supply Company. I think they have a website, I use their catalog, which is about the size of at least two phone books. There are other supply houses out there, I have had good luck with MSC.

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