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CJ pitman arm - some info, more questions

Folks,

After researching this extensively, I'm completely amazed by the fact that I can't find a single company who makes a drop pitman arm for a CJ power steering box that is the same length as the factory arm. Am I missing something? Why are all the drop pitman arms shorter than the factory 6.5"? Shorter arms mean greater turning radius, and 1" shorter makes a huge difference.

In any case, I found info on this board and others about possible options.

Full Sized Jeeps(Wagoneers, Cherokees, etc) should be longer, but has larger rod-end hole.

Ford Bronco - about 7" in length, don't know about the rod-end hole size.

These seem like the best options, but I'm not sure if I should use a drop arm for these applications or a factory one. If I go with the Waggy, I know I'll have to swap out my factory drag link for one that can handle the larger rod-end.

I'm currently running a factory YJ arm on my CJ, and I like the amount of drop, but it's at least 3/4" shorter than my factory CJ arm. Thanks to Tom85CJ7(on this board) for the info and clocking suggestion on the YJ arm.

Anyone have ideas, info, or suggestions?
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Re: CJ pitman arm - some info, more questions

My guess is that to have the front axle in the same location when lifting, a slightly longer spring must be used. Since the shackles are in the front, the axle will swing forward and up. If the springs are longer, the axle will travel forward farther than stock. A longer pitman arm would hit the tie rod.
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Re: CJ pitman arm - some info, more questions

Read this thread, it should help:
http://forums.cj-8.com/showthread.ph...p;pagenumber=1

Be sure to read page 2:
http://forums.cj-8.com/showthread.ph...p;pagenumber=2


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Re: CJ pitman arm - some info, more questions

The links tell me that I'm not a registered member over there. Can you sum it up?
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Re: CJ pitman arm - some info, more questions

Sorry about that. I hate it when a forum requires registration to view posts. Here is the post with the most info:

"http://forums.cj-8.com/showthread.php?s=&postid=14619#post14619"

If the Wagoneer arm will work the cheapest thing to do is build a new drag link. However, it may be possible to find another tie-rod end that fits your drag link and the waggy arm. There are hundreds of different ends.

Check out the top tie-rod end in this link, it may be the one you need.
http://www.rightcoastcrawler.com/bi.../SteeringV3.htm

ES150R will fit the Waggy pitman
ES140R fits the stock CJ pitman with CJ drag link

Just go to the parts store and compare the two and see if the ES150R will fit your drag link.

Here are the rest of the steering research articles:
http://www.rightcoastcrawler.com/bi...eeringIndex.htm

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