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4" lift and steering

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by GA89K5, Nov 2, 2001.

  1. GA89K5

    GA89K5 Newbie

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    4\" lift and steering

    I just got finished puting a 4" rough country suspension lift on my 89, When I went to drive it, it would turn fine to the left but would not turn to the right. I put the new steering arm on as well.
     
  2. Mr.Chevy4x4

    Mr.Chevy4x4 1/2 ton status

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    Re: 4\" lift and steering

    Sounds like you need to adjust your drag link.

    '85 K5 : Run it til it breaks, then fix it and go again!
     
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    Re: 4\" lift and steering

    Have someone sit inside and crank the wheel back and forth while you watch the steering linkage. Will the wheel turn to the right but just not turn the vehicle? Something to watch for is the axle moving back and forth under the leaf pack. If you didn't tighten your u-bolts well enough, this will happen. When you go to turn right, the drag link pushes toward the rear of the vehicle. If the u-bolts aren't tight enough, the axle will actually move towards the back with the drag link instead of the axle staying put and the steering arm pivoting.

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  4. blazbrnc

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    Re: 4\" lift and steering

    Lengthen your drag link.

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  5. 78Jimmyish

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    Re: 4\" lift and steering

    I've got the same problem. Same Rough Country 4" lift w/ raised steering arm. I looked underneath it just now and it looks like I need a longer draglink. Where can I get one?
     
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    Re: 4\" lift and steering

    you dont need a longer drag link. Just adjust the one you have. Loosen the bolts on the clamps at each ball joint and use a pipe wrench to rotate the center section. One of the ball joints has reverse threads so that one way will lengthen the whole thing and the other direction will sorten the whole thing.

    Sparky

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    Re: 4\" lift and steering

    Sounds good man, I'll give that a shot tomorrow. How do I know how much to move it? Or is it just trial and error until I get it right?
     
  8. muddysub

    muddysub 1 ton suburban status Staff Member Moderator GMOTM Winner

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    Re: 4\" lift and steering

    i had that problem just lengthen your drag link and it will be corrected. but you have to do it right not too much.

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