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cross over steering problems?

Discussion in 'OffRoad Design' started by four_by_ken, Jun 16, 2001.

  1. four_by_ken

    four_by_ken 1/2 ton status

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    The axle I am going to use in my Blazer is currently under a Jeep. I did a cross over steering setup on it. I do not have any interfearance with a straight drag link from the pitman arm to the sterring arm on the knuckle. Will I have to worry any about the drag link hitting the spring or the cross member when I bring this over to the Blazer. I know I will need a longer drag link, but anything else I should know.

    Also, I have been considering bringing the tie rod up top also. Any comments on this? Biggest problem I see, is that I will loose the steering stabalizer mounting point. Which I really do need. Unless I can solve this problem, I will just leave the tie rod below the springs.

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  2. TX Mudder

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    Dumb question: How do you relocated the tie rod higher?
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    By using flat top knuckles and a steering arm mounted on the top. That makes it able to run the drag link and the tie rod above the springs, out of harms way. They both run over the springs.

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  4. MaxCrack

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    With cross over steering on a Blazer, the drag link will hit the crossmember under the engine. But there are things you can do to avoid this. One is to have a custom cross member made.
    http://www.rockstomper.com/
    <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.rockstomper.com/catalog/steering/rockrods/rockrod.htm>http://www.rockstomper.com/catalog/steering/rockrods/rockrod.htm</A>

    I went with the dropped drag link, since it is a hundred bucks plus shipping and I don't weld (yet) so it would be about a hundred bucks to make the crossmember and I still would have had to get a drag link somewhere.

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  5. ChadH82

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    How much drag link strength is lost when bending it? It seems to me that force on it would bend it more. Maybe I'm wrong. That is definitely the easiest way to do it.

    Chad
     
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    Chad, bending a stock tie-rod to use as a drag link would indeed be weak.
    The rockstomper is another story altogether. It is so much stronger that even with the bend, it is overkill strong. Check out the website and you'll see.
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    Ok, Thanx!

    Chad
     
  8. MaxCrack

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    Yes, as TX Mudder said, these things are over kill strong. I'm just getting ready to paint mine. Here's some picks.


    <A target="_blank" HREF=http://y42.photos.yahoo.com/bc/maxcrack/lst?.dir=/Truck+Stuff/Tie+Rods&.src=ph&.order=&.view=t&.done=http://y42.photos.yahoo.com/bc/maxcrack/lst?.dir=/Truck+Stuff&.src=ph&.view=t>http://y42.photos.yahoo.com/bc/maxcrack/lst?.dir=/Truck+Stuff/Tie+Rods&.src=ph&.order=&.view=t&.done=http://y42.photos.yahoo.com/bc/maxcrack/lst?.dir=/Truck+Stuff&.src=ph&.view=t</A>

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  9. Stephen

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    I'm still a little leery of big bends in the draglink because I had a slight bend (1 1/8" offset) in my draglink on the 10 bolt setup and it hit the leafspring on the right side when it twisted. It had a thick leaf pack, but it's still a concern. But it may work with more "out of the box" springs.
    I would beware of moving the tie rod up, it's nice to have it out of the way, but running the draglink into the tie rod causes it's own set of problems. The tire rod rolls over with steering input, it shortens the draglink, and there are also clearance concerns again. I had to run my draglink into my tie rod, but did so grudgingly. Biggest reason was to minimize angle change on the end. All my ends rotate, there's very little angularity on them now.

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