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post #1 of (permalink) Old 09-17-2004, 06:33 PM Thread Starter
 
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Lack of TR clearance. Help me Zach!

In this picture you can see I only have like 3 1/2" of clearance between the Tie Rod and the oil pan. (I chopped the xmember yesterday in hopes of gaining more clearance).

Under compression (me bouncing up and down on the front end I still am hitting the TR. So this leaves me with some options 1: I can go with heavier leafs 2: I can lift the motor some in hopes of gaining an inch more of clearance or so (no garauntee I won't still hit. 3: Add bumpstops to ensure there will never be any TR/oil pan interference. 4: Just mount a TR in the stock location. Which kind of sucks since I've already spent money on the high steer but would let my stock leafs flex to there hearts content. If you have some advice I could use it. I'm leaning towards the bumpstops or going back to the stock location. [img]images/graemlins/frown.gif[/img]

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Re: Lack of TR clearance. Help me Zach!

Well then that really kinda sucks. I'm not sure what the advantage of the high steer is so I might not be the best source for advice. Knowing what I know now I'd probably just go back to the stock location so I could get full flex. If there's a bigger advantage to the high steer than what I'm thinking (just gets the rods out of the way right?) then I'd go with the bump stops like you say.

Good luck!
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Re: Lack of TR clearance. Help me Zach!

Yeah. It just keeps the steering up and out of the way of rocks. Lots of Bling points too. Staying with a stock TR kinda sucks though. I'll have to upgrade to Dedenbear or Chevy Knuckles if I want to go with a stronger tie rod since Ford's knucks aren't as long as Chevy's. (Ford's doesn't allow for full side to side movement without hitting the diff cover. Stock TR has a bend in it for this purpose.) Take Care and thanx for posting. [img]images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]
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Re: Lack of TR clearance. Help me Zach!

Norm, is your drag link there going into the top or bottom of your high steer arm? I suspect bottom already, but if not, could you run a drop pitman arm and then go into the bottom of the arm?

Or move that steering box forward, like you should have in the first place.
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Re: Lack of TR clearance. Help me Zach!

why cant you just clearance the oil pan with a bfha nd a pipe [img]images/graemlins/confused.gif[/img]. yopur pick up is int he bottom back not hte front so there should be some room for a little clearancing
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Re: Lack of TR clearance. Help me Zach!

but the pump is right there in the front of the pan. maybe 1-2" from the front wall of the pan.
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Re: Lack of TR clearance. Help me Zach!

More lift and a longer pitman arm maybe?
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Re: Lack of TR clearance. Help me Zach!

I'm going to try and use this setup. My dad made a good point and said the likely hood of bottoming out up front with 4 shocks up there is going to be small. Both the TR and DL are above the leafs and even if I went with my TR up front rather than rear steer as it is now I would have to run a high steer DL because of the massive amount of droop I'm getting with this setup. (I can almost max out my highlift without the tires leaving the ground) You can see that the DL is amost horizontal with the ground which is going to alleviate any chance of bump steer I think.
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