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crossover steering pitman arm

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by mostwanted, Mar 29, 2007.

  1. mostwanted

    mostwanted 1/2 ton status

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    Did I see somewhere that some are useing a ford drop pitman arm for lifted trucks? Would this lower the drag link and minimize potential contact with the engin cross member? Would this eliminate the need for a custom cross member altogether?
     
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    A stock ford van (1978-1979) pitman arm on a 2WD GM box will work for crossover, but if you want to avoid customizing the engine crossmember, you could use a drop draglink (ORD, or others), or a pitman arm from one of them too..

    I have also heard that depending on the year of the truck, you will or will not have crossmember clearance issues.. I had to clearance mine with a ford pitman arm and a straight draglink. I can throw up pics if you need em.
     
  3. justiz00

    justiz00 Registered Member

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    I would like pics as my crossmember is not stock. Im guessing from the drivers side looking toward the passenger. Looking down the draglink.
     
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    This is an aftermarket ford drop pitman made by trailmaster for about $65 new.


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  5. mostwanted

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    pics would be great. Especially if your rig is 73-87 style. Thanks makovai. Nice clear pics.
     
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    For the drop one here is the Superlift p/n: 1104.
     
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    I've also heard of using a Jeep TJ, cherokee or Grand cherokee OE pitman arm, although people are suspicious of their strength. They were made for a much lighter vehicle.

    JFYI,
    Buddy
     
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    Thanks for the pictures. So your running 12" of lift, could you have went with a straight draglink?
     
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    the closer your draglink is to parallel you can get it, the better both your normal steering will be and how much available steering "travel" you will have for droop. Make sense?
     
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    This is a pic of mine with the tj/yj arm on it. The drag link isn't straight but i have no clearence issues at all.

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    Nope. Time to re-calibrate. It's only 4". Wait a minute, i mean the lift!
     
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    So with ~7" of life one needs 1104 pitman arm and a dropped/bent draglink to get the DL & TR parallel? Guess I need more parts (again).

    I'm going to the 4wd shop tomorrow, can someone confirm or deny this, TIA.
     
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    x2 on that one im in the same boat...
     
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    gentlemen, we're all in the boat together.haha. that superlift part number says it fits Jeep J10/20 and wagoneers/cherokees. i thought that was a ford number. thanks.
     
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    I guess it fits 80-ish Broncos & F150s, too. Either way that's what you need and it works fine. I got mine from Jason at CCOR. They have a link in the vendor page on here. The DL is an old Rockstomper.

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    i just bought my pittman from skyy so all i know is its a 4inch drop....im also running a 2 inch tall arm....do i need a bent draglink???
     
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    is the drop ford pitman arm offer more drop than the tj pitman arm?
     
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    The Superlift #1104 is specifically for the '76-'79 F150 4x4.
     
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    The pic I just posted is the 1104 Superlift and Sky arms. So w/o it your DL will be steeper.
     

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