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97 SAS crossover steering questions

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by thezentree, Sep 10, 2006.

  1. thezentree

    thezentree 3/4 ton status

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    I'm doin a SAS on my 97 Yukon with an 8 lug HP44, and I'm trying to figure the steering out. I want to make my own, but I have a couple questions.

    What kinda tube should I use?

    Does my tie-rod need to have a bend in it like the stock tie-rod for diff cover clearance?

    Both TRE's should be threaded the same way, right?

    Can I use a 1-ton TRE with my stock pitman arm, or am I gonna need to ream it?

    Anyone know how long of a drag link im gonna need for 6-7" of lift?

    I'll probably add more to this when I'm not too tired to remember my last name.
     
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    Pope.......
     
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    b454rat 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    OK, for the steering arm, easiest thing to use is an arm for a 1/2 ton Ford, SUP-1104, use any pitman arm of your choice, PartsMike has some nice ones at a good price. I can measure my D/L, my truck has about 6-7". I used a 3-peice tierod off an 80s 1/2 or 3/4 ton, cut to length. The taper is the same for D/L and T/R, D/L has more of a usable angles than a T/R.
     
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    What do you mean by more usable angles?
     
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    b454rat 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    tierods just go back and forth, so they don't have to have alot of movement. Draglinks go up and down, back and forth. If you put a tierod where a draglink is supposed to go, it will snap off.
     
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    Oh, you're talking rod ends. Gotcha. So a one-ton drag link end will fit the same hole as a one-ton TRE? I ordered a sky mfg steering arm the other day, so as long as it'll fit that, I'll be happy.

    And you say I won't need to modify my pitman arm to run a one ton rod end?
     
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    79Stomper 1/2 ton status Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    PM extremetahoe .... he is here in Jacksonville and can help you out a good bit as he fabricated his whole kit from his garage. Real knowledgeable guy and he has a PU in his garage now doing a SAS on it.
     
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    Good idea, I forgot about him.
     
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    extremetahoe 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    Hey man I just got back from church so I don't really feel like going into the hole break down at this moment. Got to get the kids in bed and take a shower. But hey I'll post some pics tomorrow and break everything down for you and try to get all my parts together and all the places that I do business with. As for the reaming part. That is a definate investment that I suggest you have on hand when fabing your own SAS. A little pricey but worth it when all you have to get done is the steering and you can't get anything to fit together. I'll get you some pics tomorrow and go through the whole thing. Tubing and all along with a few measurements. Later.
     

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