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cross over steering issues with my dana 60

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by 96chevysfa, Jan 4, 2003.

  1. 96chevysfa

    96chevysfa 1/2 ton status

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    i just upgraded to a dana 60 from a gm 10 bolt, both had crossover steering, well my problem now is that my drag link is too long, my truck wont turn left. do i ahve to replace my drag link? or can i reposition my pitman arm?, how much do the draglinks cost?
     
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    can you shorten the one you have? Cutting the right had threaded side?
     
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    by cutting the thread i can only gain about 1/2" and thats it
     
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    First fill out your profile, a little more info would be helpful. You didn't say who's draglink you have, but you can cut off both ends, they are generally threaded a lot deeper than needed, and most are intentionally made longer for adjustment. Are you using tie-rod ends or drag-link ends?
     
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    A newdraglink from MOO or rockstomper or ORD costs right at $100 even. You buy the TREs from your local parts store.
    If you like your current draglink, you should cut it.
    CUT THE RIGHT HAND THREADED SIDE ONLY. The left hand tap is made of unobtanium and you don't want to mess with that side.
    Now, put your TRE in the side where you cut. If it will go all the way in, great you're done. If it runs out of thread (which is might if you have to cut a lot off) then go buy a 7/8"-18tpi tap. It should cost about $15.
    Cheaper than a new one.
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    as you can see there is not much room to cut off. this one was made from a local offroad shop.
     
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    The best course of action would be to get a beefy 1.5" diameter drag link made. $100 plus the cost of some lifetime warranty TREs at your local parts store.
    I have seen other custom made draglinks like the one in your pic, but the overkill strength of the 1.5" drag link is great. Easy adjustability, too.
    -- Mike
     
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    but he problem is i need one real soon. i need my truck driving next week, is there anywhere in the los angeles area that supplies what im looking for? and i can still use the one end i ahve and jsut get another end right?
     
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    Maybe a machine shop could shorten it for you? they could cut it and rethread it I would think.
     
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    A machine shop could do it - they will have whatever die/tap needed.
    I've only been to LA once and it seemed like there were machine shops on every corner. Just have it in hand and tell them you need it in like 2 days tops. You want to cut just enough off that you have some adjustability left in the threads, but not too much. I don't think you need more than an inch, personally.
    It would still be a better alternative to have one made from the thick stuff, but no way you'll get it in one week unless you call one of those places listed and tell them you need it overnighted - better have Visa in hand /forums/images/graemlins/frown.gif
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    how much do you think a machine shop will charge? i may do this for a temporary repair. once i get a few parts sold ill probably buy a beefier one.
     
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    I wouldnt think that much. Some band saw action and a tap. should not be that big of a deal to them.
     
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    I have a straight drag link for sale cheap if you want. Let me know what length you need and I'll check what length it is.
     
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    Can't you take it back to the shop that made it? It looks like a stock tie rod judging be the adjusting sleeve /forums/images/graemlins/confused.gif
     
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    I just got a bent version from ORD and its almost 2" two long. To get my steering correct I'm going to have to have a shop cut it down also. /forums/images/graemlins/tongue.gif
     
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    hmmmm....wonder why that is???


    is yours some kind of oddball??

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    thats just how too long mine is, the dana 60 knuckles are not as wide as 10 bols and dana 44's
     
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    Mine is supposed to be for a Dana 60 with the 6" lift. To get it to work for now. I offset my steering 1 turn and cranked the adjustment all the way in. So thats another project. /forums/images/graemlins/tongue.gif
     
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    you should be able to get that made in an afternoon if you can find the metal and a shop that has time.
    1.25"x.219"wall tubing and have it cut to length and threaded.

    easier to get both ends threaded with a right hand tap but a machine shop can do it properly and cut threads on a lathe
     

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