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what pitman arm to use with dana 44 swap?

What pitman arm works best with the dana 44 swap? I have a hi steer setup on my waggie dana 44. I have a drop pitman arm that I can have redrilled or I can get another from a local U pull it. I am curious as which ones you guys have found works the best. Thanks guys!

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Re: what pitman arm to use with dana 44 swap?

Your drop arm probably won't work with a high steer set-up. You now need an arm that is almost flat or very little drop. I used a stock Waggy arm, but had to shorten it.
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Re: what pitman arm to use with dana 44 swap?

i have used a mid 70's dodge arm... shorter.. flat.. and you can redrill the hole.. since it has plenty of meat there...
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Re: what pitman arm to use with dana 44 swap?

If you're also using larger tie rod ends that necessitate drilling your pitman arm you can reverse taper your drop pitman arm and drop the tr in from the top. I have found that the aftermarket pitman arms have more meat around the sides of the tapered hole. The end result is a drop pitman arm that acts like a straight arm.
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Re: what pitman arm to use with dana 44 swap?

I would not redrill the drop arm. They have bad angles in relationship to the Sector shaft and will eventually wreak havock on the steering box.
The straighter angle of stock shafts, is both easier on the steering box, and facilitate stronger steering geometry to help turn bigger aired down tires.
Remember that the closer your attachment to the drag link is, to the sector shaft, the easier it is to turn,(but it will travel a shorter distance). It is excactly opposite at the steering arm end of the drag link.
A good option is the Dodge pitman arm, that Elusive mentioned, also Dodge Astrovans are good candidate for a short straight arm. The Waggys are straight but a little long for some set ups(will bind with the Tie rod on compression).
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Dodge Astrovans ???
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