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post #1 of (permalink) Old 09-14-2000, 08:25 PM
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new steering angle theory

This is just a thought I'm kicking around, so bare with me:

On a lifted vehicle, to improve the steering angle of the drag link, how about this - have the standard drop-pitman, but on the other end of the drag link, where it connects somehow to the knuckle or tie rod, create some form of dove tail and put an upside down drop pitman arm. Thus, the steering angle would be more level. There would be a ball joint where the drag link connects to the pitman arm at both ends, with the other end of the top pitman connecting to the steering box, and the other end of the lower pitman being the dove tail thingy connected to the knuckle/tie rod. Does this make sense?

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post #2 of (permalink) Old 09-14-2000, 08:42 PM
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Re: new steering angle theory

I've seen steering systems where the steering box pitman arm moves a drag link that goes to something that looks like a really long, sideways shackle mounted to the opposite framerail...the top of this "shackle" attaches to the frame, the middle to the drag link, and the bottom to a second drag link that goes to the steering ____(the link that actually turns the tires). Same sorta thing, kind of. How would you mount the 2nd pitman arm thingy??? Maybe if it was fixed on the steering link (welded/reinforced heavily)...?

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post #3 of (permalink) Old 09-14-2000, 09:29 PM
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Re: new steering angle theory

The other thingy is called an idler arm. Check out Chevs and Dodges. I was considering trying it for a SOA steering system but don't know.

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post #4 of (permalink) Old 09-15-2000, 08:39 AM
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Re: new steering angle theory

Actually, can the rigid round pin-thingy be taken from a donor steering box and installed on the knuckle/tie rod area where the second drag link would be installed, acting as the "dove tail" but without needing any special fabrication?

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post #5 of (permalink) Old 09-15-2000, 10:04 PM
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Re: new steering angle theory

Ok, I get it now...I misread your post...Hmmm...In theory, it should miss hitting the leaf spring because the axle moves with the spring, ya know. You'd have to engineer it to clear the tire, but that shouldn't take much. The hardest part would be making it capable of withstanding the relatively intense side loading that it would encounter, due to the greater leverage offered by its increased length.

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