Well, I went to a local U-PULL-IT yard today and pulled a pitman arm off a '78 Wagoneer. It's flat, and LONG! The flat part was ok, but I was nervous about it being so long. Anyway, I came home and slapped her on my Jeep. Only problem with it being so long is it hits the old traction bar bracket on my frame when I turn all the way left. I'll just grind that sucker off. I thought everything was going to be fine, but when I started her up and cranked the wheel back and forth, she still pops!! WTF?!?! I can't tell where it's coming from. It can't be the draglink hitting the tierod anymore, it's too high up. The steering stablizer doesn't seem to be hitting. Only thing I could see it being is the joint where the draglink connects to the tierod. It's pretty damn close to the leaf, and comes in contact when it flexes. But this is a LOUD pop. And it doesn't happen all the time. I'm posting some pics below.
In this pic, you can see the nice new pitman arm. I shouldn't have any problems with it rubbing the tierod anymore. Only thing is the damn thing is so long, it practically places the draglink ABOVE the tierod. Is this bad?
Here's another angle of the pitman arm and draglink in relation to the tierod.
This pic shows where it used to rub on the tierod. But this can't be an option for the loud popping noise.
This pic shows the joint that rubs the leaf spring. But I just can't see it making that loud of a pop.
So what other thoughts are there on this? I'll be putting in a 1/2" spacer between the knuckle and steering arm, so that'll fix the problem in the above pic. What else could this be? It doesn't seem likely to be something wrong with my suspension since it only pops when I steer, and no other time. ARGH!! Any and all suggestions welcome!! Also, I have no problems taking some more shots if you want a different angle. Thanks!