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post #1 of (permalink) Old 05-29-2002, 06:43 PM
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steering arm question

I picked up a dana 44 with the flat tops for my new cross over steering arms. My question is can I leave both sides at the ten degree angle or whatever as long as I cut the steering arms to correct for the angle at the tie rod and steering rod points? I just think it would be easier to level the little bit at the end of the steering arm opposed having to mill and tap the flat tops. Cause no matter what I do I can't mill the drivers side cause the studs are already in at the angle from the original Chevy steering. I hope this all makes sense. Thanks
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post #2 of (permalink) Old 05-29-2002, 07:11 PM
 
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Re: steering arm question

the angle doesnt matter so much, both MUST be milled thoough.

the one with the stuids is milled form teh factory, the other isnt, it has to be milled.

if it isnt flat, the bolt on arm will never get held like it should, friction is what holds it NOT the bolts/studs, they only provide clamping force.

Its easy and quick to mill it flat, I did mine at work during lunch one day...

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Re: steering arm question

it is already flat from the factory. the entire flat surface is just tilted like the drivers side about ten degrees.
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Re: steering arm question

I didnt think the passenger side was milled too? oh well, maybe Im learning something ( chevys arent my thing, and have never been donors for MY parts)

the angle I dont think matters,most premade arms have SOME angle built in to sort of preset the rod ends, or put them at "ease" while the truck sits level.

I guess alot depends on what ends your using, and what arms, and what the tie rod and drag link angles are going to be at rest.



oh yeah, there is a difference between "flat" and "milled flat" ALOT of difference in this case.

I cant say for sure now, youve got me wondering, but unless its flat to within a few thou over its total area its not good enough ( for me at least)

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Re: steering arm question

if you havent seen this, there a couple of hours of reading here, for my dial up at least!

check it out.

<a target="_blank" href=http://billavista.tripod.com/Steering/Index/SteeringIndex.html>http://billavista.tripod.com/Steering/Index/SteeringIndex.html</a>
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Re: steering arm question

yes both sides are completely flat and tilted about ten degrees. But this brings me to asking what should a resting angle be for the arms? Both the tue rod and drag link are completely level. So should the holes for the TRE's and such be vertical or set at some angle? Thanks.
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