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post #1 of (permalink) Old 02-28-2002, 03:42 PM
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Do I require a pitman arm?

Ihave a 89 YJ with a new 3 1/2 BDS lift kit on it. It came with a pitman arm for (PS) power steering. However I do not have power steering, all pitman arms I find for sale say (PS) so does this mean they didn't make one for (non-power steering YJ's?) or does this just mean I don't need one? Or better yet, my drop pitman arm will work on my YJ?

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Re: Do I require a pitman arm?

You do need a dropped pitman arm for the steering to work properly. Sorry I can't say if the one you have will work. Somebody on the board probably knows. If nothing else, try it.

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post #3 of (permalink) Old 02-28-2002, 11:04 PM
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Re: Do I require a pitman arm?

If you don't have power steering, you can't use a power steering dropped pitman arm. You'll need to get a manual steering dropped pitman arm.

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post #4 of (permalink) Old 03-01-2002, 09:09 AM
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Re: Do I require a pitman arm?

you have an 89 YJ with out power steering? I thought all of the YJ's had PS>>

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Re: Do I require a pitman arm?

I just installed the 4" BDS kit on my CJ and had the same problem. I decided to just wait until I convert to power steering and install it then. It's got a little bump steer, but not that bad, it's still very drivable.
I say try it without it first, and if you have excessive bump steer, find the right drop arm.

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post #6 of (permalink) Old 03-01-2002, 11:52 PM
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Re: Do I require a pitman arm?

YJ's from 87-95 offered in the base model (S) were manual steering. Power steering was an option on these models.


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