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Re: Upgrading axles - crossover steering
>Did you relocate both the drag link and tie rod above the springs, or just the drag link? If both,
> how did you connect them - did you go to a wagoneer-style setup (drag link connects to the tie
> rod, tie rod ends connect to the steering arms on the knuckles), or the Scout-style (both the
> drag link and tie rod connect to the passenger-side steering arm?
For now, I did JUST the draglink. Since this is a competition vehicle designed to go "fast" (which is a relative term) I don't anticipate smacking the tie-rod, so I left it in the stock location (for a Chevy truck). It was just cheaper that way.
However, John Comer will soon be testing some new steering arms I helped redesign. The arm from TriCounty is too short to get both the tie-rod AND draglink to attach to the passenger knuckle, thus you're stuck with the tie-rod as-is, or tying the draglink into the tie-rod (like you mentioned)
The new passenger side arm is longer with an extra hole for the draglink. The driver's arm is still short, since it only needs the tie-rod mount.
Another reason for using the longer arm - with my current setup, I have lost a good bit of power-assisted steering, but have gained "quick ratio" steering. A fine setup for a full-throttle race rig on 31s.. not so great with 35s and rock-crawling (or, as I learned, 33s and SSII inserts deep in mud when you try to see-saw the wheel back n' forth).
The longer arm should restore near-stock power-assisted (and ratio) steering.
I plan on using the Gryphin arms when I start on my new frame n' running gear for my trail rig..