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post #1 of (permalink) Old 08-14-2004, 11:41 PM Thread Starter
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Pitman arm for Danna 44 SUA

Background: Swapping a '74 Wagoneer_Dana 44 SUA with the waggy tie rod and drag link (shortened the long side 4 3/8" or so). I've done all the searches and read all the posts... seems like the least understood part of the swap. This is what I've learned so far:

1) Pitman arm from a late 70's Camaro is beefy, but taper is too small for the Wagoneer_drag link.
2) Pitman arm from a Chevy_Astro_van is about the right size, but taper is also too small for Wagoneer_drag link.
3) Pitman arm from a 70's Dodge_pickup(power or manual steering) has the right taper for the Wagoneer_drag link, but is a little shorter than the CJ pitman arm.
4) Pitman arm from a mid 70's Wagoneer_is same length as the '86 CJ pitman arm and it goes without saying that it fits the Wagoneer_drag link.

I've not hooked everything up yet (probably this week), but if the Wagoneer_pitman arm is too long, I will go back and get the Dodge_one.

Any comments?

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Re: Pitman arm for Danna 44 SUA

You are probably going to find out that the waggie setup will not work 100%. I have that setup and im not totally happy with it. Just havent figured out yet what i want to do. I tried running the waggie pitman arm and it was too long. Because the waggie draglink goes in front of the tierod, the long pitman arm made it bind on itself. The drag link would hit the tierod. So i went with some kind of ford pitman arm that was shorter and that solved the hitting issue, but it doesnt turn worth a darn. I also had to shorten the draglink but i did narrow the waggie rear 4inches so im not sure if the drag link would have to be shortened if the rear was left stock width.
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Re: Pitman arm for Danna 44 SUA

You can get a tapered reamer that will open the hole in the pitman arm to accept the larger rod end stud. Try Snap-On or a place that caters to the racing crowd. I took an old end mill to a tool grinder and had him taper and sharpen it for about $25.
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