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Biggest Lift before Steering mods.

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by FastFob, Sep 28, 2002.

  1. FastFob

    FastFob Registered Member

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    How high can you go before you need to modify the steering gear?
    What's out there in modifying the steering? Dropped Pitman arms? More powerful Power Steering unit? Crossover?
    Thanks!
     
  2. outlaw612

    outlaw612 1/2 ton status

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    Even with just a 4" lift you need to replace the steering arm with a lifted steering arm.
     
  3. Swanson52

    Swanson52 1/2 ton status

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    I've seen some people get away with a 4" without one, but it is more of an application issue. I have seen stock GM 3/4 ton trucks from the factory with a steering arm that falls somewhere between a stock and 4" arm, and those worked with a 4", and I have seen 4" lifted rigs with the stock arm work *OK* without steering mods. That said, to avoid bumpsteer and to keep your turning radius tolerable, steering corrections are necessary.
     
  4. chulisohombre

    chulisohombre 1/2 ton status

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    mines got 4 inch with raised drag link.need one of those crossovers someday. /forums/images/icons/laugh.gif at least when i start wheeling for "Real".
     
  5. bryguy00b

    bryguy00b 3/4 ton status

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    ok so the steering arm..what about alignment and all that stuff?
     
  6. Swanson52

    Swanson52 1/2 ton status

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    You can align your own rig, or take it to a shop. Alignment is pretty easy to do on these trucks. Do a search, someone did a write up (I think) on aligninment. I don't know exactly how to do it, so I will leave that recommendation to someone that has done it lately.
     

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