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Got my D60... now STEERING ?'s before I do the install

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Quack_Addict, Jun 4, 2002.

  1. Quack_Addict

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    Got my D60... now STEERING ?\'s before I do the install

    I already searched... didn't come up with much about this.

    I decided that I'm tired of babying the skinny pedal when in 4x because of all the horror stories I've read and two personal experiences with 10 bolt fronts... so I went out and bought a Dana 60 /forums/images/icons/smile.gif /forums/images/icons/wink.gif.

    My truck is a 1984 K20 with 4" suspension lift and 35's. It's set up perfect right now with the 10 bolt front. The D60 I bought appears to be a bolt-in for the most part as far as spring perch width goes, but I didn't get a steering arm or tie rod in the transaction, which I am going to have to acquire prior to the install.

    A few questions about the conversion...

    Will the tie rod off the off the 10 bolt front work in the D60 application?

    With 4" suspension lift, should I purchase a stock steering arm for the D60 or a lifted steering arm
    - with the stock arm on the 10 bolt the steering to the left was limited and a lift steering arm solved that problem.

    I don't think I am going to convert to X-over steering as this truck only sees trail riding, mud and pavement.

    Any other tidbits or suggestions about the install / conversion would be nice to hear as well. I'm sure other questions will come up as I get closer to doing the install this weekend.

    Thanx.
     
  2. 70~K5

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    Re: Got my D60... now STEERING ?\'s before I do the install

    You could use a raised streering arm or you could put a raised block on with a stock arm.
     
  3. BurbinOR

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    Re: Got my D60... now STEERING ?\'s before I do the install

    1. Congrats
    2. 10 bolt tie rod should work - mine would have but I went with a www.rockstomper.com Rock Rod
    3. You will need a raised steering block for the D60 - costs about $50ish
     
  4. m j

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    Re: Got my D60... now STEERING ?\'s before I do the install

    I dont think they make a raised steering arm for a 60.
    drop pitman or block
     
  5. 70~K5

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    Re: Got my D60... now STEERING ?\'s before I do the install

    I've seen a raised arm for a D60. But they're not as common as D44 ones. The blocks are all over.
     
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    Re: Got my D60... now STEERING ?\'s before I do the install

    My tie rod was too short when I upgraded to Dana 60. The drag link worked fine however.
     
  7. nvrenuf

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    Re: Got my D60... now STEERING ?\'s before I do the install

    I've noticed that lifted Dana 60 steering arms have occaisionally been on Ebay lately. Seems like it was John Walls 4WD shop in Memphis, Tn. that was seeling them.

    I'm strictly guessing but I'm pretty sure that the arms are new but very old Rugged Trail pieces that have been out of production for probably close to 10 or 15 years. I figure they must have bought a bunch of new old stock from another shop.
     
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    Re: Got my D60... now STEERING ?\'s before I do the install

    I have a raised arm on my 60.
     
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    Re: Got my D60... now STEERING ?\'s before I do the install

    cool info
    I have never seen one.
    anyone have a pic?
     
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    Re: Got my D60... now STEERING ?\'s before I do the install

    *NEW IN THE BOX*. This is One Cast Steel Dana 60 Lift Steering Arm and One Tie Rod End (that may or may not work on your Dana 60), One Upper Ball Joint Gasket, Two Bump Stop Drop Brackets With Bolts That Will Lower Your Bump Stops 4 Inches. This steering arm will work on most Dana 60 Front Ends that are 1973-1988 Chevy 1-Ton 4X4 Trucks with solid axle Dana 60's in the front. If you have a lift but no lifted steering arm, This Is A Must!!Manufactured by Burbank Suspension. Manufacture Part #4001. Q-15. Shipping Weight is 15 Lbs. We Only Have A Few Of These items Left.


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