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Crossover steering w/4" lift?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by wstolar, Oct 13, 2000.

  1. wstolar

    wstolar Registered Member

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    Crossover steering w/4\" lift?

    I'm thinking of doing a crossover steering conversion on my front Dana 60'd GM. I only have 4" of lift. Would I see a noticeable improvement in steering performance over my Dana 60 steering block? Is there a minimum amount of lift required for the x-over steering to be installed?



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  2. Re: Crossover steering w/4\" lift?

    From what I have read on the subject of crossover steering they say do not put it on anything with less than 4 inches of lift. I don't know the reasoning behind it. Maybe safety? Not enough angle to get over the springs? I see no need for it with a 4" lift from my experience.

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    Re: Crossover steering w/4\" lift?

    I only have 4" of lift and the crossover is Phenominal. It really depends on what you do with it. If you run on the street and just some mild trails, you will notice that the truck steers tighter and easier, it also turns sharp to both sides, not just to the left. If you wheel the hell out of it you will really notice TONS of difference there.

    There is no minimum lift required, if I had a stock K5, I would do this setup again.

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    Re: Crossover steering w/4\" lift?

    I had to trim off the bottom edge of the frame cross member to clear draglink and I have around 8" lift. You might have to redesign cross member.
     
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    Re: Crossover steering w/4\" lift?

    Thanks to all who replied, another question:

    Depdog,

    Did you have to do major mods to the front crossmember (as mentioned by Titanic?). I saw the article at 'Off-Road.com' on the x-over setup. I am expecting to have to do some work to the x-member, just wondering if there will be more clearancing need because of the mild 4" lift (vs 8").
     
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    Re: Crossover steering w/4\" lift?

    What about a crossover that goes between the springs and connects to the tie rod? I've seen that done on a couple rigs and it looks pretty strong. I really want a crossover system but I don't want to loose my swaybar, I think I'm SOL.

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    Re: Crossover steering w/4\" lift?

    Don't worry about losing your swaybar, they're not that big a deal anyway, and highly overrated. I could probably use one again on my crewcab that is lifted 10" with 42" Swampers and a 3000 pound, 9 1/2' Lance cabover camper!! It gets a bit of lean in the corners, but I just adjust my driving habits!!

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    Re: Crossover steering w/4\" lift?

    I'd suggest the crossover and the D60 is so easy to do. Like Depdog said, you will have to modify or make a new crossmember which is easier than you think. More info on the D60 is on http://www.off-road.com/chevy. Dana 44 (and 10 bolt) crossover info is on this site and off-road.com.

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    Re: Crossover steering w/4\" lift?

    Ken hit the nail on the head with this one. Go out and drive around the block, then come back and take off the big bolts that connect the sway bar to the ubolt pads. Zip tie it up out of the way and drive around the block again, bet you dont notice much if any difference.

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    Re: Crossover steering w/4\" lift?

    Thanks to everyone who offered info on the cross-over steering. I decided I will do it. It looks like my truck needs new springs, so I'll replacing my 4" springs in the near future also. Not sure if I'll go 4" or 6".

    Anyways, I emailed Parts Mike and the steering arm is $135. I'll probably order it sometime this week.

    Onto my next question post....

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    Re: Crossover steering w/4\" lift?

    I built disconnects and got them in a few weeks ago. I went wheelin with the top off and didn't feel like reconnecting the swaybar afterwards (LOTS of mud under there) and I never even noticed a difference on the 70 mile drive home. I completely forgot about the swaybar after a few days but when I put the top back on I remembered it real quick the first time I turned a corner. I wouldn't think that just the weight of the top would make such a difference but there was some pretty significant body roll. I guess I'll just have to get that soft top built a lot sooner now and move south for the winter. One of my friends just moved to N Carolina, I think I need to pay him a visit. He's only a couple hours from Tellico too.[​IMG]

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