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post #1 of (permalink) Old 07-26-2001, 10:18 PM Thread Starter
 
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Stering woes

Does anyone know what to do about my stering problem?I had noticed at some flexie moments I had no stering to the right.Tonight I jacked up the front tinkering and noticed at full flex my Z-link is hitting the leaf springs.I also have a 3" drop pittmann arm.Does anyone have any quick cheap fixit for Dr. Evil?

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Re: Stering woes

WATCH OUT A GIRL IS RESPONDING... Have you checked out your rag joint?? that could be part of it...
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It's hard to tell with your suspension stretched out like that, but it looks as tho your z-link angles up a little too soon and is colliding with your springs (as you mentioned). Seems like you could re-design and arch it to miss your springs...Also, you should stuff your driver side tire up into the wheel well (like a real twisty situation) and see how bad it rubs there (I suspect you will find it rubs far worse!). You will likely never stretch out your suspension on the trail like you have it in the pic.

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Re: Stering woes

This may be a bit stupid (or at least I could imagine doing this...) Did you mount the Z-bar correctly? If the "Z" is not in the center of the arm, is the short end connected to the pittman arm?

I can see some "bozo" at the factory putting the z-bar logo sticker on upside-down. When the average user tries to install it, he/she (trying to be all-inclusive, Rae) sticks it on label-side up instead of "per instructions" (if any) then has the exact problem you are having.

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Re: Stering woes

You Z bar is probably not long enough. But in the pic your pitman arm is swong over to the pass side cause you jacked up the truck so both tires are down. so you can't tell from the pic. I would flex it up and then have someone turn the wheel for you as you look.

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Sorry ack, but the two ends of the z-bar are complete different and rotated 90* from each other, making them impossible to mount wrong.

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After looking again looks like it might be your gusset on the Z bar

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Re: Stering woes

Hey Evil,

Next time you make that z-link, make those bends about 2" farther to the right [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/wink.gif[/img]..... Only solutions I see are:
1. weld 1/2" thick blocks to the spring pads to lift the springs a tad.
2. apply grinder to offending guesset, live with fear of z-link folding up.
3. get on phone, order Breeze Industries crossover steering from Tim Tackett (WELL Worth the bucks)
4. live with it until you make a new drag link.

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Re: Stering woes now driveshaft?

With that much down travel doesn't your front drive shaft u-joints bind up?

I'm SPOA (4.5) with about 6" total lift and no drop shackles. And my u-joint binds a little at full drop. Did you have to grind the yoke to make clearance?

Just curious.....

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Re: Stering woes now driveshaft?

So far I have had no u joint problems and I have been everywhere anyone has wanted to go.

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