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New 35s BFGs - Now steering pops

Well, I finally got a new set of tires. I went with the new BFG's. Got 35x1250x15's. Only problem is, the steering now pops. It doesn't do it all the time. But at a stand still or slower speed. Of course I am turning the wheel more when I'm going slower. Any suggestions? It didn't do this before I put new meats on. Also, I'll get some pics up in a little bit.


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Re: New 35s BFGs - Now steering pops

My steering made a pop noise when I moved up a tire size too. I was able to find mine and it was a tie rod end that needed more grease. My advise... lube the steering assembly. But be sure to inspect the joints at the tie rod ends.

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Re: New 35s BFGs - Now steering pops

Check for fresh wear marks, where the tie rod passes across the springs.

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Re: New 35s BFGs - Now steering pops

Probably the leafs or is it leaves... are moving in the spring pack. Have someone turn the wheel while you watch the spring pack. You can make a clamp similar to what Skyjacker uses to keep leaves from shifting around, but not limit flex.

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Re: New 35s BFGs - Now steering pops

I found a fresh wear mark on the tierod. Looks as if the draglink TRE or adjusting sleeve is binding on that. So now it's time for either a pitman with less drop, or a shorter one. My fear is if I go with the same length pitman arm, only without any drop, that it'll hit the frame or something on the frame at full lock. Any tips? I wouldn't mind a little shorter one since it'd limit turning a little bit, cause my tire rubs the leaf a TINY bit at full lock. Any tips for a new pitman arm?


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Re: New 35s BFGs - Now steering pops

Here's a few pics of the spot in suspect. Tell me all what you think. Nevermind the excess grease I was having troubles with my grease gun.





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Re: New 35s BFGs - Now steering pops

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A straighter pitman arm will solve your proiblem. It will not interfere with the frame or anything else above it,(due to flex) as it is attached to the frame and travels with it. In any condition I have seen in the past, it will not interfere with the frame throughout its turning arch either. It will increase your drag link angle to the tie rod, but not adversely. I would use a pitman arm from a Chevy Astro van. It will also alleviate quite a bit of the leveraged load of the drop arm, and will noticeably improve steering ease. Trust me it will work.

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Re: New 35s BFGs - Now steering pops

Will the astro van pitman arm bolt right up? I assume I'll need ot have it reemed out though?


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Re: New 35s BFGs - Now steering pops

My pitman arm hits the same way. I have a Skycrapper dropped arm. I think the ProComp pitman arm is shorter, which would keep it from rubbing.

However, I don't think this is the source of your pop. I still say it is the leafs shifting in the spring pack.

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