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post #1 of (permalink) Old 03-20-2001, 03:45 PM Thread Starter
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Alternative to hi-steer?

Okay, attached picture of and idea (I'm sure someone has thought of this already) as a possible alternative to a hi-steer setup for soa. Currently with a soa & 4" dropped pitman arm I dont have a real bad angle on the drag link, however, the 1 1/4" diameter drag link does hit the passenger leaf. Making a bracket like this one could have a parallel drag link/tie rod, and not hit any leafs if it wasn't too long. I know the plate would have to be strong and welded to tie-rod to support forces, but what else could go wrong here, what am I overlooking. Sorry for the rough pic, I could do a fancy CAD one, but they get to be big files.

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Re: Alternative to hi-steer?

hey patrick
initial reaction is that it should work if you avoid the binding when the axle rides up and down during flex.
it seems after a short period of contemplation that it will take quite a bit more force to effect a turn. with a traditional set up you are actually only turning one wheel and the other mirrors, or trails along because of the mechanical linkage. additionally the arm is much shorter which means less leverage and that means more force to effect a turn
just my thoughts but i still think it will work, just how effectively is the question
way to get outside the box though!!
anyone else??

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Re: Alternative to hi-steer?

thats exactly what i tried.. didnt work and heres why..
the drag link rides on rod ends.. the rod ends move. my entire tie rod moved a full 3 inches at the connecting point to the drag link.. it moved that far everytime i changed from a left turn to a right.. all that movement ate up steering radius and gave lots of play in the steering...
let me clarify... the drang link rotated front to rear a full 3"

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post #4 of (permalink) Old 03-20-2001, 06:54 PM
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Re: Alternative to hi-steer?

The problem comes in when the axle drops away, your draglink will turn the wheels left because it's too short, try some other designs that attach at the stock location, maybe a "Z" bar.

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