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connical washers for steering arm

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by nstarry, May 11, 2006.

  1. nstarry

    nstarry 1/2 ton status

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    are there alternitives and does anyone near minnesota ( to keep shipping cost down) drill for them ? I was just going to run without them but I am starting to rethink that ! ( was trying to save MONEY:doah:) ( because I DONT have any ) I thought you didnt want the fource on the studs they are just there for the clamping fource !?!? so why would you need conical washers??
     
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    mechted 1 ton status Premium Member

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    without the proper "preload" on the studs, they will fail EXTREMELY fast, as in suddenly you have no more steering, and cannot control a 5000 lb truck.

    Notice that the holes in the steering arm are bigger than the studs...those washers provide a method to locate the steering arm so that it wont have any play in it as you turn from left to right. I know the gap seems small, but it is enough that you will develop play in the steering, then shear the bolts off.

    they are VERY VERY important, and just happen to be a real big PITA as well

    Parts Mike has the parts: $25 is pretty cheap
    http://www.partsmikeparts.com/MountingHardwareForSingleArm.htm
     
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    southernspeed 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    PartsMike is really cheap for these.
     
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    nstarry 1/2 ton status

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    I need sombody that can drill my steering arm for the washers . cheaply I just got my tres drilled at 25.00 a whole and the wife is about to kill me
     
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    nstarry 1/2 ton status

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    does anyone know where I can buy one of these bits?????
     
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    mechted 1 ton status Premium Member

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    if your steering arm doesnt have conical seat drilled for the holes, it would probably be cheaper to buy a new/used one than to pay a shop to redrill it.
     
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    I've never been a big fan of conical washers for steering arms. Yes I know they are stock on 1/2 ton junk and toyota stuff too... but I have never had, needed or wanted those washers on my D60. Tapered nuts work just fine.

    j
     
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    So how is it that your steering arm does not have the tapered holes? What is it and what did it come from? I assume you're using it on a D44 right?
     
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    I built it myself and yes it going on a dana 44
     

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