This often overlooked but important part is affordable at McFarlane!
The torque link stop lug is a sacrificial part that hammers against a flat spot on the lower part of the shock strut outer tube when the strut extends after takeoff. This prevents the strut from overextending and forces the nose wheel and rudder system into proper alignment for flight.
Due to repeated hammering with every takeoff, these stop lugs must be periodically replaced. Excessive wear can allow overextension of the strut. They also often wear unevenly resulting in inconsistent alignment of the nose wheel in flight which then causes extra drag and yaw. The extra yaw can require increased rudder trim which causes even more drag. So yes, replacing a torque link stop lug can reduce drag!
Safety plate features bend up tabs to secure stop lug bolts
Super tough 4130 alloy steel for corrosion resistance
Kits include stop lug, safety plate and applicable 3/16" bolts