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Getting rid of steering slop on an 87 K5

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by tocsin, Jan 27, 2007.

  1. tocsin

    tocsin Registered Member

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    With the help of my son cranking the steering wheel, it looks like the steering arm side of my drag link ball joint is shot and has a lot of slop in it. Pitman arm side isn't perfect but still looks pretty solid.

    Questions are, would you guys go with the McQuay-Norris Schucks standard assemblies or does an outfit like Rancho or somebody sell a drag link setup that's a little beefier? Should I replace the steering arm and/or pitman arm while I'm at it or are the stocks adequate? (don't think either are tweaked, but I haven't pulled it apart yet to see if the drag link joint holes are worn) And finally, should I replace the adjusting sleeve too or is the stock stronger than the $11.99 Schucks part? No front lift on the rig yet - 2" blocks in the back.

    I don't push it hard enough on the trails to warrant a crossover setup, I just take it in the middle of nowhere with the wife and kids and would hate to have a steering failure 100 miles from the nearest pavement.

    Schucks part numbers are:
    Pitman arm side - ES2027L - $32.99
    Steering arm side - ES2026R - $29.99
    Drag Link Union - ES362S - $11.99
     
  2. Jishory

    Jishory 1/2 ton status

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    yeah the auto parts tie rod ends work great for me and if it was me paying for it i wouldnt replace anything in there that aint broken
     
  3. tocsin

    tocsin Registered Member

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    Good deal. Thanks!
     

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