Drag Links

Drag Links

Do you have a worn or damaged drag link that is causing steering problems? We offer replacement drag links designed to accommodate the heavy loads your truck demands. Manufactured to OEM specifications and available for heavy duty trucks, buses and commercial vehicles.

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SKU DS2253
$109.95

Replacement drag link for Chevrolet Kodiak and GMC Topkick C4500 2003-09 and C5500 2003-09. 23.25 inches center to center. Shaft diameter 1.   Details

20+ In Stock as of September 28, 2020 9:07 AM EST.
  • Application:Chevrolet
  • Application:GMC
  • Type:Non-Replaceable Ends
  • Ends:Identical Ends
  • Length Center to Center:23.250 inches
  • Shaft Diameter:1.315 inches
  • Taper Minor Diameter:0.792 inches
  • Taper Major Diameter:0.898 inches
  • Taper Length:0.848 inches
  • Taper Pin Thread:M18-2.5
  • Automann Number:463.DS2253
  • GMC Number:15123675, 15790152, 15943453
  • UPC: 889626070235
  • MPN: DS2253
SKU DS2269
$158.95

Replacement drag link for Chevrolet Kodiak and GMC Topkick C4500 2003-09 and C55500 2005-09, 4X4 8K. 19.50 inches center to center. Shaft diameter 1.   Details

4 In Stock as of September 28, 2020 9:07 AM EST.
  • Application:Chevrolet
  • Application:GMC
  • Type:Non-Replaceable Ends
  • Ends:Different Ends
  • Length Center to Center:19.500 inches
  • Shaft Diameter:1.320 inches
  • Taper Minor Diameter:0.790 inches
  • Taper Major Diameter:0.890 inches
  • Taper Length:0.895 inches
  • Taper Pin Thread:3/4”-16
  • Taper Minor Diameter-2:0.790 inches
  • Taper Major Diameter-2:0.890 inches
  • Taper Length-2:0.895 inches
  • Taper Pin Thread-2:M18-2.5
  • Automann Number:463.DS2269
  • GMC Number:15790153, 15943454
  • MPN: DS2269
SKU DS1280
$142.95

Kenworth replacement drag link. 15.50 inches center to center. Shaft diameter 1.   Details

4 In Stock as of September 28, 2020 9:07 AM EST.
  • Application:Kenworth
  • Type:Non-Replaceable Ends
  • Ends:Identical Ends
  • Length Center to Center:15.500 inches
  • Shaft Diameter:1.380 inches
  • Taper Minor Diameter:1.080 inches
  • Taper Major Diameter:1.250 inches
  • Taper Length:1.360 inches
  • Taper Pin Thread:7/8”-14
  • Automann Number:463.DS1280
  • Dayton Number:346-520
  • Flagg Number:DS1280
  • Newstar Number:S-18039
  • TRW Number:DS1280, L24VU8036A11, L24VU8036A12, L24VU8036B11, L24VU8036B11L, L24VU8036C11
  • MPN: DS1280
SKU DS6276
$106.95

Replacement drag link for Mack CH model with axle back and FAW12 or FAW14.3 front axle. 33.54 inches center to center. Shaft diameter 1.   Details

1 In Stock as of September 28, 2020 9:07 AM EST.
  • Application:Mack
  • Type:One Replaceable End
  • Ends:Different Ends
  • Length Center to Center:35.440 inches
  • Shaft Diameter:1.627 inches
  • Taper Minor Diameter:1.080 inches
  • Taper Major Diameter:1.250 inches
  • Taper Length:1.360 inches
  • Taper Pin Thread:7/8”-14
  • Pin Length:2.000 inches
  • Pin Width:1.250 inches
  • Pin Slot:0.500 inches
  • Automann Number:463.DS6276
  • Mack Number:13QC427AM6, 13QC427M6
  • MPN: DS6276
SKU DS1265
$110.95

Ford truck replacement drag link for Left Hand with Power Steering Gear 1991-1997 16,18, 20K Axle. 17.53 inches center to center. Shaft diameter 1.   Details

1 In Stock as of September 28, 2020 9:07 AM EST.
  • Application:Ford
  • Type:Non-Replaceable Ends
  • Ends:Different Ends
  • Length Center to Center:17.500 inches
  • Shaft Diameter:1.375 inches
  • Taper Minor Diameter:1.080 inches
  • Taper Major Diameter:1.250 inches
  • Taper Length:1.360 inches
  • Taper Pin Thread:7/8”-14
  • Taper Minor Diameter-2:0.967 inches
  • Taper Major Diameter-2:1.102 inches
  • Taper Length-2:1.080 inches
  • Taper Pin Thread-2:7/8”-14
  • Automann Number:463.DS1265
  • Dayton Number:346-405
  • Euclid Number:E-9925
  • Flagg Number:DS1265
  • Ford Number:F1HA3304B, F1HZ3304A, F1HZ3304B
  • Meritor Number:R250357
  • TRW Number:DS1265, L24VU8020A11
  • MPN: DS1265
SKU DS908
$84.95

Ford truck replacement drag link. 18.03 inches center to center. Shaft diameter 1.   Details

7 In Stock as of September 28, 2020 9:07 AM EST.
  • Application:Ford
  • Type:Non-Replaceable Ends
  • Ends:Different Ends
  • Length Center to Center:18.000 inches
  • Shaft Diameter:1.260 inches
  • Taper Minor Diameter:1.080 inches
  • Taper Major Diameter:1.250 inches
  • Taper Length:1.360 inches
  • Taper Pin Thread:7/8”-14
  • Taper Minor Diameter-2:0.967 inches
  • Taper Major Diameter-2:1.102 inches
  • Taper Length-2:1.080 inches
  • Taper Pin Thread-2:7/8”-14
  • Automann Number:463.DS908
  • Batco Number:22-908
  • Dayton Number:346-189
  • Eaton Number:DL2452
  • Euclid Number:E-5325
  • Flagg Number:DS908
  • Ford Number:D0HA3304F, D5HA3304DB, D7HT3304SA, E4HZ3304B, E5HT3304MA, E5HT3304VA, F5HZ3304YA
  • International Number:FDL908
  • Meritor Number:R250025
  • Navistar Number:FDL908
  • Newstar Number:S-4382
  • Spicer Number: SP721150
  • TRW Number:DS908, L24VU4034F12, L24VU4034G12, L24VU7015A15, L24VU8016A12
  • MPN: DS908
SKU DS1281
$117.95

International Drag Link for 14/16/1652, 25/2600, 45/46/47/48/4900, 7100, 81/82/8300 Series. 17.   Details

10 In Stock as of September 28, 2020 9:07 AM EST.
  • Application:International
  • Type:Non-Replaceable Ends
  • Ends:Identical Ends
  • Length Center to Center:17.960 inches
  • Taper Minor Diameter:0.967 inches
  • Taper Major Diameter:1.102 inches
  • Taper Length:1.080 inches
  • Taper Pin Thread:7/8”-14
  • Automann Number:463.DS1281
  • International Number:1667329C91
  • Meritor Number:R250366
  • TRW Number:DS1281, L20VU8013A12, L24VU5241A11
  • MPN: DS1281
SKU DS7584
$219.95

Replacement drag Link for Kenworth T600, T800 and Peterbilt 386-387. 31.00 inches center to center. Shaft diameter 1.   Details

1 In Stock as of September 28, 2020 9:07 AM EST.
  • Application:Kenworth
  • Application:Peterbilt
  • Type:Non-Replaceable Ends
  • Ends:Identical Ends
  • Length Center to Center:31.000 inches
  • Shaft Diameter:1.654 inches
  • Taper Minor Diameter:1.080 inches
  • Taper Major Diameter:1.220 inches
  • Taper Length:1.440 inches
  • Taper Pin Thread:7/8”-14
  • Automann Number:463.DS7584
  • Dayton Number:346-535
  • TRW Number:L24VU8445A11
  • MPN: DS7584
SKU DS9621
$129.95

Volvo truck replacement drag link. 31.54 inches center to center. Shaft diameter 1.654 inches, shaft thread M30-1.   Details

1 In Stock as of September 28, 2020 9:07 AM EST.
  • Application:Volvo/White
  • Type:One Replaceable End
  • Ends:Identical Ends
  • Length Center to Center:31.540 inches
  • Shaft Diameter:1.654 inches
  • Taper Minor Diameter:0.941 inches
  • Taper Major Diameter:1.140 inches
  • Taper Length:1.190 inches
  • Taper Pin Thread:M20-1.5
  • Automann Number:463.DS9621
  • Dayton Number:346-522
  • Volvo Number:20371221, 20407667, 21128336, 21657078, 8079525
  • MPN: DS9621
SKU 463.DS5963
$137.29

Kenworth 463.DS5963 drag link. 22.5 inches center to center. Shaft diameter 1.445 inches, slight bend both ends, type N-D.   Details

1 In Stock as of September 28, 2020 9:07 AM EST.
  • Application:Kenworth
  • Type:Non-Replaceable Ends
  • Ends:Identical Ends
  • Length Center to Center:22.500 inches
  • Shaft Diameter:1.437 inches
  • Taper Pin Thread:3/4"-16
  • Automann Number:463.DS5963
  • Dayton Number:346-575
  • TRW Number:L20VU8163A11
  • UPC: 889626398803
  • MPN: 463.DS5963
SKU ADL-9972
$249.18

Mack Drag Link. 16.875 inches center to end. Shift diameter 2.070 inches, shaft side thread 1-1/8"-12 right hand.   Details

Availability: Typically ships in 3 to 4 business days.
  • Application:Mack
  • Type:Mack Special
  • Ends:Different Ends
  • Length Center to End:14.375 inches
  • Length End to End:16.875 inches
  • Shaft Diameter:2.070 inches
  • Automann Number:463.DS6203
  • Mack Number:13QC3154AP3, 13QC3154BP3, 13QC3154P3, 13QC45AP7, 8226628LC5036A11
  • TRW Number:L28LC5036A11, L28LC5036B11
  • MPN: ADL-9972
SKU DS1136
$162.68

Freightliner Drag Link. 13.00 inches center to center. Each end large diameter taper 1.25 inches, small diameter taper 1.   Details

1 In Stock as of September 28, 2020 9:07 AM EST.
  • Application:Freightliner
  • Type:Non-Replaceable Ends
  • Ends:Identical Ends
  • Length Center to Center:13.00 inches
  • Shaft Diameter:1.260 inches
  • Taper Minor Diameter:1.080 inches
  • Taper Major Diameter:1.250 inches
  • Taper Length:1.360 inches
  • Taper Pin Thread:7/8”-14
  • Automann Number:463.DS1136
  • Dana Number:2721633
  • Dayton Number:346-338
  • Euclid Number:E-6997
  • Freightliner Number:1409547000, 14-09547-000, A1409547000, A14-09547-000
  • Spicer Number: SP721633
  • TRW Number:DS1136, L24VU8152B11, L24VU8268B11, L28VU5038A11
  • UPC: 889626070068
  • MPN: DS1136

What is a drag link?

Drag links are part of linkage-type steering systems found on everything from classic cars to heavy-duty trucks. This type of system has stuck with heavy-duty trucks because modern steering systems like rack and pinion have not proven themselves durable enough for the high demand that heavy-duty trucks place on them. The drag link is a steel shaft that runs from the pitman arm on the steering box to one of the steering knuckles, and it features two ends with ball and socket type joints (like a tie rod end), the ball and socket joints allow the drag link to travel through the entire steering range of motion without binding.

The length and shape of a drag link are determined by the steering design and clearances. Some drag links will have replaceable ends and allow for length adjustments like a tie rod bar assembly would. Other drag link designs may have a straight pin secured with a lock bolt instead of a tapered end with threads and a lock nut. When replacing drag links, it is essential to take accurate measurements and identify the drag link ends correctly. If a vehicle is still in service and the drag link is unable to be removed a replacement should be ordered using the OEM part number. It is not possible to accurately measure all the features of a drag link with it still installed and a part number from the truck OEM or etched into the drag link shaft will help provide the correct replacement part.

how to identify drag links

When replacing a drag link by the measurement, you should first identify which type of drag link your vehicle is using. A drag link may have permanent, non-replaceable ends, or one or more replaceable ends.

Non-replaceable ends will be welded directly to the drag link shaft.

Non-Replacable Drag Links

Replaceable ends have a threaded shaft and a locking collar.

Replacable Drag Links

Pin type ends will have no taper and a channel for a lock bolt.

Pin Type Ends

Both ends may be identical, or they may have different sized tapers. You should always measure both ends as this is the only way to confirm if they are identical. Measuring a drag link is easy if you know what needs to be measured. A measuring tape and a set of measuring calipers should be used.

  • Length Center to Center - is measured from the center of one drag link end to the center of the other end. The center of each end is the center of the ball and socket joint. On some drag link ends there is a grease zirc in the center, and this can be used as a measurement reference point.

Curved Drag Link - Center to Center

Center to Center Curved

Straight Drag Link - Center to Center

Center to Center Straight

* On a curved drag link, the measurement is taken in a straight line, ignoring the curve and squared up against the drag link. Measuring along the curve can introduce too many errors and would only give you the total length of the drag link, not the distance between the points that it connects.


  • Shaft Diameter - is measured as the outside diameter of the connecting shaft between the two drag link ends. Shaft diameter is not as crucial for matching replacement drag links, but if clearance is tight, a drag link with a larger diameter may cause fitment issues.
Shaft Diameter

  • The Taper Minor and Major Diameters - are measured on the tapered shaft of the drag link ends. The Minor diameter is the smallest area of the taper, and the Major diameter is the largest area of the taper. If the Drag link has ends that are not identical these Minor and Major tapers will be listed twice, once for each end. Specifications for a drag link using a pin-type will only contain a pin diameter since the pin is not tapered.
Minor Taper
Major Taper

  • The Taper length is measured between the Major and Minor taper diameters. This will be listed twice (e.g., Taper length and Taper length 2) if the ends are different.
Taper Length
  • The Taper Pin Thread is the size of the threads at the top of the taper. This will accept a locking nut that secures the drag link end to the vehicle. This will also be listed twice on drag links with ends that are not identical.
Pin Thread

  • Clocking of the Ends – should be noted and the product photos are used as a reference. The ends of a drag link will generally be 90° off as the pitman arm connection will be vertical, and the steering knuckle connection will be horizontal.
Pin Thread

Drag links endure a fair amount of stress, and the ball and socket joints will wear over time. The steering on the truck may become less responsive, and as the wear becomes more severe, the truck will wander and be hard to keep in its lane. Drag links should be regularly checked during services and Federal inspections, as soon as a drag link exhibits any axial movement (inward and outward movement) it should be replaced.

checking your drag links

The Drag link on your truck is a critical part of the steering system. Acting as the connection between the gearbox and the steering arm on the knuckle a failure can mean the complete loss of steering control. A worn drag link can cause abnormal tire wear and wandering. Daily pre-trip inspection and early replacement can extend the life of the tires and keep you safely on the road.

checking your drag link

As part of your daily pre-trip inspections the entire steering system (including the drag link) must be checked for missing or damaged components and damaged sealing boots. If any problems are found the vehicle should be taken out of service and the problems noted on your driver’s inspection log.

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The drag link should be checked for axial (in and out) movement quarterly or every 25,000 miles. Rotational movement is normal for the ball-in-socket joints and does not require replacement. Any axial movement discovered when applying 50 lbs for force requires the vehicle to be taken out of service and immediate replacement of the drag link.

how to check drag links

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