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    Chief "ImaGunna'er" sport454's Avatar
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    Link bars that carry hydraulic fluid to the Orbital,

    This is a damn good idea.

    If your Orbital is located on the firewalll or inside the cab then this would be a great idea.


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    Shotgun Fab New Product Release: HydroLinks

    This is an item that has been in development for a while, and it is finally at a point that we can apply for patent and release it. In an effort to clean up the front end plumbing on fully hydraulic-steered vehicles, we have developed the HydroLink. The HydroLink utilizes the upper 4-link suspension bars as hydraulic fluid carrying lines. Simplified, the upper links become hard lines for your steering system.

    The link itself starts life as a piece of 1.5 x .250 wall seamless DOM. Special tubing inserts are utilized which have a capped internal end, allowing us to seal the tube off completely for fluid and pressure seal. This insert is threaded both internally and externally, allowing for engagement and strength along the entire insert as opposed to the common insert only being supportive of the joint at the end where the weld is. The 1.5 tube is bored and threaded internally to accept the insert and they are fully TIG welded to ensure a sealed system.

    The links are then drilled and tapped on each end towards the insert with NPT threads (3/8 available as an option). This will allow the end user to utilize any kind of fitting they like once adapted from the NPT or to utilize an NPT to JIC elbow to connect right to your steering lines. (Photos below show an npt union in place just for presentation.) Before shipping, every bar is tested at 2000 psi in a dip tank to ensure a leak-free system. The volume of fluid that a 30 link holds is 1.13 quarts. Using a pair of these links allows you to run an extra 2.26 quarts of steering fluid total, adding in an excellent cooling advantage. Increase in bar length increases the amount of fluid accordingly. Links can be ordered any length you desire at no extra charge.

    The price on the pair of links, any desired length, is $225. That gets you two links fully welded with -16 inserts, tapped on all ends to npt for fittings. Add in optional powder-coating any color of your choice for $25 more. Increase the npt ports to ⅜ for an additional $10.

    Advantages:
    Reduces the length of vulnerable hydraulic lines running down the frame.
    Additional 2.26 quarts of fluid added to the system per pair of 30 bars (more or less depending on length).
    Added strength of a fully threaded and welded insert. Full 2 inches of engaged external thread inside the bar.

    Disadvantages:
    You tell us, please.

    In the installed photos below, we see an earlier prototype utilizing o-ring fittings instead of npt. Please call us if you desire this type of setup instead. Every bar is made to order due to all the different possible link lengths you might want. Allow a few days for production and shipping once an order is placed.

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    Contributing Members Monkey's Avatar
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    That' s a nifty idea. I guess they would also work kinda like a fluid cooler also. Those "special" inserts, capped on the end, are actually inner budd lugnuts.
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    Thats what I thought they looked like too. Lol. So now we can make our own for a little cheaper. It's a good idear. The less you have to rip off the better. Of coarse, downside if you break it..... It might get messy.

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    Chief "ImaGunna'er" sport454's Avatar
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    Thats a issue but your top
    Links don't see as much stress as the bottoms do. If they break you have bad issues that you won't quickly repair lol

    I caught the special bungs looking like them too. I'm not sure if thats what they are or not because I hope they would have more threads but ya never know.

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    Contributing Members Monkey's Avatar
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    Look at the Facebook link and you can see the threads on the outside.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Monkey View Post
    That' s a nifty idea. I guess they would also work kinda like a fluid cooler also. Those "special" inserts, capped on the end, are actually inner budd lugnuts.
    They are called barrel nuts

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    I sat on mine one time and needed a barrel of ice....wait...what??

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    I had three once.

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