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post #1 of (permalink) Old 12-17-2005, 11:57 AM
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Pitman Arm CJ-7

I am obviously new at this, but want to learn. I have a 1977 Jeep CJ-t renegade. Is the drop pitman arm replacement difficult to do? What about a conversion to power steering? Thanks for any advice
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Re: Pitman Arm CJ-7

Installing a new pitman arm is not hard... but it is a pain. You may even destroy a pitman arm puller.

Before you start, soak the pitman arm for a couple of days with PBBlaster. Prayer wouldn't hurt at this point.

As for the Power Steering, the least expensive way to add the parts is to find the parts from a wrecked CJ donor. Then it's almost a bolt on.
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Re: Pitman Arm CJ-7

Pitman arm removal can be very difficult, but it's not at all complicated. The problem is that they are usually stuck on the shaft tighter than an impacted wisdom tooth. You need a good pitman arm puller, preferrably with a lifetime replacement warranty, because they often break before the arm comes off. The procedure has been described here several times. This is a good occasion to learn how to use the search function at the top of the screen.

An alternative is to remove the steering box. In a shop press they're easy to get off. I did one recently and it took about 15 tons, but then popped right off.

And that would be a good place to start if you want to convert to power steering. The steering box and pump are pretty common junkyard items, but brackets for the pump might be a problem. Probably any AMC product you can find in a junkyard with the same motor family will have brackets that will work. Someone on the board might have a set laying around too. Put a post in the For Sale/Wanted thread. It's OK for a newbie to post a wanted there, but not a for sale.
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Re: Pitman Arm CJ-7

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Take a look at this link to another BBS:

<u>CJ Series power steering 258 in Pa</u>

A good steering gear (doesn't leak, no slop) is worth more than he's asking. That is not to say that I have any idea of the condition of the parts being sold. But maybe you will ask about that.

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Re: Pitman Arm CJ-7

The power steering and manual steering drop pitman arms have different part numbers so you might want to put power steering in first. The steering gear is pretty common to find. You can use a 70's camaro box too (that is what I have). It bolts right in but is cheaper than the CJ box. Since you don't have brackets for the power steering, I would get a 1/2" bracket from Sam's offroad or a similar one. Look up Jim_Lou's write up on using spicer u-joints to make a steering shaft from the box to the steering column.

All that remains now is to find a pump and engine bracket. For that, (you don't say if you have a V8 or I6) look on ebay or if the 6, look for AMC/Eagle cars.
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