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Major Steering Issues!!!(PICS)

Well, I just got through slapping a Rancho steering stabalizer on my Jeep. Does it appear to be setup right?



It seems to work well, although I'm still having some serious steering issues. The pic below shows one of my problems.



As you can see, the place where the draglink connects to the tierod rubs pretty bad on the leaf spring, and actually limits the amount of flex I can get. This should be fixed easily by putting some 1/2" or 1" spacers between the knuckles and steering arms. I'm leaning more toward the 1" spacers. What do you guys think?

My next problem is my pitman arm. The pitman arm binds on the tierod very bad when I go over bumps. It's worse now that I have that bracket for the stabalizer on.




I can either get a shorter pitman arm, or one with less drop. I'd rather get a little shorter one. I know I will sacrifice some turning radius going that route, but that's ok with me. Any thoughts on what vehicle to get one off of? I know I asked this question a few months ago before I left, but I forgot all the info I got.

Oh, and here's a daytime shot of my Jeep finally. I got a new-to-me soft-top.



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Re: Major Steering Issues!!!(PICS)

Jammy, you just need more spring lift....Then everything should clear????? Are these 44's? If so, there is a block that is made to space the arms higher if you have the 3 bold style upper knuckle.
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Re: Major Steering Issues!!!(PICS)

well.. welcome back jammy.. how did things go??

for your questions.. i used some 1/4" spacers.. but i wouldnt go higher than 1/2" on yours.. you need to figure out something for that stabalizer.. can you turn it towards the rear.. to clear the pitman arm..
and lastly.. try a mid to late 70's dodge 4x4 3/4 ton pickup.. for a pitman arm.. measure yours.. (length) and then measure the dodges.. i have one here and it will go onto the steering gear box.. but.. your tie rod wont fit.. it will need to be reamed out slightly.. dont worry.. it has plenty of meat on it for the ream job.. unlike a d30 arm.. and they are about an inch shorter.. since i had the same problems.. right now.. i just heated up my pitman arm and straightened it.. the dodges is still in the shed.. awaiting on the ream job.. [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/laugh.gif[/img]

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Re: Major Steering Issues!!!(PICS)

Things went ok. Definetly an experience!![img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif[/img]

So you don't like the idea of going with a 1" spacer? I'm just worried about it not clearing if/when I put some lift springs on it. Think I'd have any issues then? As for the stabalizer. There isn't really any way I can turn it towards the rear. If I do, then the diff cover comes into play. Are you just suggesting that since I'm having clearance problems? Or is it not suppose to be setup the way I did it?

As for the pitman arm, you said it will go onto the steering gear box. Are you talking for a CJ, or a YJ? Is it dropped liked the YJ one, only a little shorter? Think this would be the way to go?

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you can see the plate I had made for this it is .5" I wouldnt go bigger



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you can see my clearance here 5 leafs



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I used a waggie pitman arm.



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JR, is this from your drag link hitting?

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no, I think that is just a blob of grease or something. It isn't there now. It probably from greasing the new joints.

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