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DRAGLINK ADJUSTMENT

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by MITCH_89', Dec 5, 2001.

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    MITCH_89' Registered Member

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    Will adjusting my draglink to get my steering wheel straight affect my alignment? The truck drives in a straight line, but I am changing my steering arm back to stock, and will need to get the wheel straight

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    sapper 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    yes. it will take a few tries but you can get back to normal in no time at all.

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    Thanks for the response. So by adjusting the draglink, it WILL throw the alignment off? I wasnt sure. I thought the alignment was done by adjusting at other points, and the draglink was to get the wheel back straight. I would hate to start cranking on it, get my wheel straight, then find out i screwed up the alignment...

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    The drag link adjusts the steering wheel and the amount of turn from left to right.

    The tie rod will adjust for alignment on the tires.


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    No, your drag link does not affect your alignment. Alignment is the parallelism of the tires. Adjustments to the tie rod will affect it, not the drag link. The drag link simply controls the centering of the wheels, steering wheel, and steering box together.

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    Thanks guys, I guess when I get home today Ill put my old steering arm back on, since my raised one is to much for my 3" lift and is causing major bumpsteer, and go from there

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    this has been covered before
    the draglink centres the steering box so that you have equal turns of the wheel for bothe left and right turns
    the steering shaft at the box is a 'only goes on 1 way' as are the steering wheel and pitman arm.
    I seem to remember disassembling everything until i found something that was not.
    think it was the steering column at the firewall.
    went to check mine the other day but it was to stubborn and my temper was short so I admitted defeat and left it alone
     
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    Just some ideas. If you are taking the steering arm off, you can go with a 2" drop pitman arm on the steering box. It will help flatten out your drag link, without going to far the other way. Or keep your raised steering arm and get new shins that are 1" taller.
     
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    Don't forget, just because GM designed it as a "one way" fit, that a PO didn't get it to put together wrong anyways : )
    Another one of those "don't ask how I know this" Lets just say a PO spent way more time doing it the wrong way, than doing it the right way.

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