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Crossover steering ???

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Cliffy, May 8, 2001.

  1. Cliffy

    Cliffy Registered Member

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    For those of you who have done a cross over steering set-up using a YJ pitman arm, what year YJ did the arm come off of. Also if there are any other pitman arms I can use let me know. Thanks for the Info. Also where did you get your pitman arm, non of my parts stores carries them.

    Coil sprung 71 blazer.<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1>Edited by Cliffy on 05/08/01 08:24 AM (server time).</FONT></P>
     
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    muddin4fun 3/4 ton status

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    There's a whole write up on doing a cross over steering set up in the technical section. http://k5chevyblazer.homestead.com/home.html
     
  3. Cliffy

    Cliffy Registered Member

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    Yeah and I've read that but nowhere did I read the model year that they got the pitman arm off of.

    Coil sprung 71 blazer.
     
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    BadDog SOL Staff Member Super Moderator Author

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    Here is a link to one that used a pitman arm from a 1978 3/4 Ford van
    <A target="_blank" HREF=http://65.11.18.114/_private/crossover1.htm>http://65.11.18.114/_private/crossover1.htm</A>

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    konajoe 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    The steering arm is made from 1"x4" flat stock that was flame cut to the desired shape

    Scary, what type of steel is that 1" flat stock?

    KJ
     
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    tRustyK5 Big meanie Staff Member Super Moderator GMOTM Winner Author

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    1" Flat stock could be almost anything. Cold rolled bar stock, T-1 plate, AR plate...
    These kind of details should be provided for those of us that wish to do the same mods.

    Personally I'd use the T-1 plate.

    Rene

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    konajoe 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    Yeah, It's only a steering component.
    They are not that important [​IMG]

    KJ
     
  8. Cliffy

    Cliffy Registered Member

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    Do any of you know What Other vehicles that pitman arm interchanges with. "Standard" computer interchange systems say it only interchanges with 77-79 vans, but I'm thinking if it's a signaw box, it will interchange with most other signaw box pitman arms......

    Anyone know for sure, or at least for pretty sure????? :D:D

    Coil sprung 71 blazer.
     
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    The arm you're looking for is from a FS Jeep, i.e. a Wagonner or Cherokee, the old big ones, not the small POSs. The taper is the same as a Chevy. If you use the Jeep YJ, I believe it has the small tie-rod taper like the Jeep CJ uses. The stock FSJ arm is zero drop, but Superlift makes a 4" drop pitman, part #1104, bolts right to a Chevy 2WD steering box. Call Parts Mike for help (530-885-0673), he can set you up on the CHEAP!!!

    ken
     
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    Cliffy Registered Member

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    Thanks I'm calling him now, sounds like the EASIEST way to go. appreciate everyone's help thanks again.

    Coil sprung 71 blazer.
     
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    Why would you use those light weight Jeep arms when a heavier 3/4 ton Van arm is available? I remember seeing in the write-up that the author had some concern over using the lighter/smaller Jeep arm and I expect that the Van arm is stronger (at least I would hope so).

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    Parts Mike sold me a Skyjacker 4" Dropped Pitman Arm # FA300, after returning the first one he sent me which i believe was off a Fullsize Jeep( the castle nut hit the frame when turned to the left)

    I think the new one is from a 70's F250? Skyjacker's site is down so I'm unable to confirm that application. I measured the taper and it is just slightly smaller than my original 4x4 arm.

    KJ
     
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    i just test fitted a 78-79 f 150 dropped pitman arm on a chev 2wd box today, it fits. dont remember the make of it though. possibly trailmaster. also, i called local les schwab tire stores and they can order em(tuff country possibly) the 4" dropped ford arm will give pplenty of clearance
     
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    Im the one that used the ford van pitman arm.. Thatsw my site that BadDog pulled the link off. It bolts right up and the castle nut clears it completely (even with the 3/4" steel plate that a previous owner used to fix the cracked frame with). I wouldnt go with anything less than that and they can be had at a junk yard for around $5. Cant beat that. Not even by making your own.

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    I tried getting that part and it's a tough one to find, I found it for Ten dollars.

    On the other hand I talked to parts mike about the other two Pitman arms (the FS Jeep one, and the 70 F250 one) He told me that They were both the same part as far as he's concerned. IE: same part #'s

    Just an FYI, I oredered mine yesterday.

    Coil sprung 71 blazer.
     

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