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cracked steering arm???

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by 85 Jimmy, Apr 24, 2006.

  1. 85 Jimmy

    85 Jimmy Sheepdog Premium Member

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    ok, i've looked over my truck since this weekend when i bashed my truck really hard and the only thing that seems to be broke is my steering arm...

    it's not really broke but it's got a huge crack in it, i need to replace it but i plan on doing a 6" lift down the road, so can i use a steering arm for the lift or do i need to get a original style one?

    and how long can i drive (no offroading) on it like this?
     
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    roadnotca 3/4 ton status

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    You'll be able to drive until it lets go, could be forever, could be now but assume NOW.
     
  3. 85 Jimmy

    85 Jimmy Sheepdog Premium Member

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    so can i use a steering arm from a lift?
     
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    roadnotca 3/4 ton status

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    Is your rig stock or lifted?
     
  5. 85 Jimmy

    85 Jimmy Sheepdog Premium Member

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    it's lifted, but the PO did 4" blocks all the way around. i plan on a 6" spring lift but don't know when i can get the $
     
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    readymix 3/4 ton status

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    Lets see.....

    4" blocks all the way around
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    Cracked steering arm
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    Death just around the corner.....

    Unless you have a flux capacator like the Delorian i would just park it until you get it road worthy.....Or at least let us all know where you will be driving it so we can be sure to stay away.
     
  7. reverett

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    4" Blocks all around = illegal (at least the fronts) = front axle wrap = probably what cracked your stearing arm = unsafe.

    You gotta have leaf springs up front to be legal and safe. Most lift kits include a steering arm so you got that taken care of. Best advice is to park it and get that kit on there before you drive it again.
    Rob...
     
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    I believe the steering arm they use for a 4" lift and a 6" lift are the same. So go buy a raised steering arm for a 4 or 6" lift and install it. Driving with a cracked steering arm is just asking for HUGE problems.

    With a 6" lift they sometimes compensate for the extra lift with a drop pitman arm.

    Harley
     
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    You should definitely replace that steering arm and look to get those blocks out from under the front springs ASAP. You can use the same arm for the 4" that you'll end up using for the 6".
     
  10. 85 Jimmy

    85 Jimmy Sheepdog Premium Member

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    thanks guy's i'm taking out a loan to build a motor and get TCI tranny, i guess i'll take out a few more $$$ to get the lift
     
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    4X4HIGH 1 ton status Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    I have a stock steering arm from a 10 bolt you can have for shipping cost.
     
  12. 85 Jimmy

    85 Jimmy Sheepdog Premium Member

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    thanks, but i'm jsut going to bite the bullet and get the lift kit, but if that doesn't work out i'll let you know
     

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