in your new pic i dont see room for the jam nuts. those are a must when using rod ends. overall i love this, i love seeing diy stuff
Keep up the good work.
oh, and not sure why, but why the change? i thought your original setup would be better, as if you had them setup with a left hand and right hand rod end, you could just twist the center bar to make it smaller or longer. also parts and less stuff to go wrong.