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I converted to Power Steering.My first problem was they mounted the pitman arm at 4 O clock[TO THE REAR] instead of 6 O clock[STRAIGHT DOWN].The drag link was to long then, so they cut it[3"out of the link].I lost my right hand turning ability.Today we replaced the drag link and reinstalled the pitman arm to the 6 O clock position.I now have lost my left turn ability,but my right turn is great.How do I split the difference,it seemd the pitman arm can only be rotated in 90 degree adjustments.Where is your pitman arm pointing when the tires are straight foreward?Any ideas on how I can fix this problem?Thank for the help.RR
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Re: Pitman arm mounting?1977 W-200

Either adjust the adjuster tube to compensate or cut the drag link and reweld it and put a sleeve over the weld and weld it too for strength, my 95's pitman arm has 4 keyways into it so it has the same set up. Good luck!
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Do you know if a pitman arm can be bought without the key ways cut into it so one can adjust the pitman arm as needed without the limiting factors the key ways give you?thanks RR
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Re: Pitman arm mounting?1977 W-200

I'm not sure if you can get one. Was there a power steering available back then on that year truck? If so, maybe check out there pitman arm...
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I know none of the military trucks had P/S,but the civilian models did.I will check to see if they is a difference.Our junk yard only has a couple of dodge trucks.Any idea if dodge vans P/S box would work?Thanks Again,RR
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I don't know much to be honest with you about the older dodge trucks. I'm sure somebody else here does...
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Re: Pitman arm mounting?1977 W-200

Just use a hacksaw to cut the keyways in half. Stick the pitman arm in a vise with the steering gear hole pointing up. Remove the blade from your hacksaw and insert it through the hole. Reconnect the blade to your hacksaw handle. Slowly start cutting the keyway in half. Do this for all 4 keyways and you will be able to put the arm where you want. I do this all the time when I use different pitmans or boxes on different vehicles. By the way, I am looking for a factory Dodge truck power steering pitman that will fit 79-92 models.

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