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== I moved my front axle forward 1.5\" - Problem
OK, so I moved my front Dana 44 axle forward by 1.5" on my 1982 CJ7 with 35's. I did this by drilling new holes in the perches and spring plates 1.5" forward. Everything looks good except 1 thing:
The tie rod now runs right into the drag link because the steering box stayed put, while everything else moved forward. It hits by about 1" maximum. I have my tie rod and drag link flipped to on top of the knuckle arm, and this makes it worse. I have a stock pitman arm, and the tie rod and drag link are 1.25" solid steel with 3/4 ton tie rod ends.
I was thinking I have these options and I need any advice anyone has to offer:
1) Get a shorter pitman arm (negative is that my steering ratio is changed, and do they make such a thing?)
2) Get a new steering box mount, I've seen ones like Sams which move the box forward 1.5" (negative is that I need to trim crossmember for hydraulic fittings). I forgot who sells this, anyone know?
3) flip the drag link above the pitman arm like I did with the tie rod and axle end of the drag link (this is the leading choice, but during full compress, It still may collide, need to look).
4) get a dropped pitman arm (negative is that I only have 2.5" lift and flipped tie rod, this would actually give me worse steering geometry than I have now).
Anyone else have any ideas? I want to keep the axle forward, but this is a hard crash. I don't have picture, sorry.