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Change the pitman arm?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by UseYourBlinker, Apr 12, 2001.

  1. UseYourBlinker

    UseYourBlinker 1 ton status

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    I noticed the other day that Superlift makes a drop pitman arm from 2" to 12" lift's. My question is that I have a 2.5" Procomp lift right now,and should I get a 2" drop pitman arm? Will it help at all? Any info would be great..

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  2. '73 K5

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    I've got 2.5 inch springs on the front of mine and half inch longer shackles and I used a Skyjacker dropped pitman arm. The steering geometry is about perfect now on mine, so it should help yours out too.

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  3. UseYourBlinker

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    Did you notice a BIG difference? I mean,is it worth all the trouble just to have better steering?

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    Also do you remember how much you paid for the steering arm? Thanks..

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  5. thatK30guy

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    The difference WILL help your turning radius. Its the same thing as those 4" steering arms, but only shorter drop. They cost $75.00 from Skyjacker. I have one on my 85 K30 with 4" lift. Works good.

    EVERYBODY: On a personal note, if you purchase the 2" pitman arm from Skyjacker, please take the time to torque it down to the required minimum specs. That torque spec is 175 ft. lbs.

    I had one on my 85 K30 and slid the truck around a corner on ice. The driver side tire caught the curb sideways and yanked the steering wheel to the right. I straightened back out to find myself with almost no turning radius to the right hand side. I found out I stripped the splines on the pitman arm and it was not making any spline contact. I called Skyjacker to exchange for a new arm and they told me to send it down. I did. They got it and tested it on some machine. They called me back and said they could not replace it because the arm was not torqued down to the required specs!!! I was pissed! I bought this truck with the arm already installed. They said they would sell me one for $10.00 cheaper than the listed price. Well, had to have it, so I bought it. When I got the new one on, I made sure it was torqued to 180 ft. lbs. and had my cousin who is a notary public official come and certify with a stamp that I had torqued it down to the proper specs according to Skyjacker. Now, when the arm goes bad again, I will send the copy with the arm to them to get a new FREE pitman arm. Just wanting everybody to know when dealing with aftermarket companies, do everything they tell you to do in the instructions. This will save your time and headaches in the long run. All those warrantys, etc. have some "fine print" somewhere on them. They will screw you anyway they can.
     
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    Buy from Rough Country. They rock on warranty!
     
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    MrK30dude is right. I bought a torque wrench right before I did my lift last year, so I called Skyjacker tech and asked them how tight it needed to be...and that damn 175 ft/lbs took some muscle...its just in an awkward position. I also got new Grade 8 hardware for it when I switched it.

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