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How far can I move my front axle without moving the steering box?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by stallion85, Jan 18, 2007.

  1. stallion85

    stallion85 1/2 ton status

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    How far can I move my front axle without moving the steering box? I was thinking instead of shortening my driveline why not just move the axle forward another 1"? It is already 2" forward from the 52" swap. I was thinking of redrilling the spring perches to move it forward. What's the consensus?
     
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    I'd like to know the same thing, assuming the steering setup is crossover.....If it even matters.
     
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    Well im planning on doing 52's in the front with zero rates moving the axle another 1.5". But Im also going to try and do reverse mount tie-rod.

    Hey anyone know if you could redrill the spring perch and use the offset zero rate? Just thinking out loud.
     
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    I have crossover so that problem is cure and I also have plenty of front sriveshaft just need to figure it out. I would imagine as long as the drag link is still running close to parralel with the arm it should be ok. Also your pinion angle will come into play, but with only 4" of lift it really is not that bad right now.
     
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    If you have highsteer and minimal lift you have a problem. I had to move my gearbox forward and the tierod/draglink still gets very close under drivers compression. Full Hydro would have been easier!
     
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    Does anyone on here have reverse highsteer? cause im thinking that by going that route would eliminate the tierod/draglink problem. And if you move the axle far enough your shouldnt have to worry about the tierod hitting the oil pan.
     
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    Yah sell your high steer and buy the wfo arms that put the tie rod behind the axle. If I were to do it again thats what I would do
     
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    I'm interested in moving the front axle forward a lot too.
     
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    Mine is about 5 inches forward one of the reasons I moved mine is because my draglink hit my tie rod when the drivers side compressed, therefore causing the frame to be in bad shape by the time I got to moving it. My frame will never ever crack there again but I think I may still go to the wfo arms to protect my ram when i go hydro assist. As an aside I never had a problem when I had my 3/4 ton stuff and was just crossover, when I got my 60 I went high steer and the problems ensued
     
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    Got pics anyone? zuk, where is you DL, etc in relation to your axle now?
     
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    x2. im wanting to go reverse hi-steer, and with the big 6.2 oilpan, i need to get the axle more than just 2" forward (check stallion's ultimate m1008 thread for evidence)
     
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    5" forward would def let me utilitze the reverse high steer arms I have from WFO. I would have to see how zuks draglink looks going to the steering arm.
     
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    Man howd you get your axle 5 inches forward? You still have leaf springs?
     
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    Yeah, how? I'm needing to fit 46" tires under 5" of lift. Gottta keep 'em out of the firewall.
     
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    BUMP!!!!! SLAM!!!! BANG!!!!!! CRASH!!!!! KABOOM!!!!

    Back to the top.

    The idea is to move the axle so far fwd that you hook the Draglink to the rear of the axle with the WFO arms?

    Enlightened ones, please share your knowledge (PICS:D) with those of us in the darkness.
     
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    the front of the Willys was about 5" forward I had 57" fords up front. I had sky drill an extra hole in the steering arms and I ran the tie rod in front of the drag link as they would have crossed in standard histeer configuration.
     
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    It's too late, and the K5 isn't here. I can't visualize...
     
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    mines 3.5" forward with nwf reverse hi-steer arms
     
  20. Joshinator

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    I had my front axle moved a total of 6 inches forward with leafs, springs re-drilled 4.5" and a zero rate in the 1.5" hole. I had a 90 degree approach angle with 44's. I ended up taking the zero rate out because i messed up on measuring on the driveshaft and it was an 1.5" too short. I'm running ORD cross over with what ever lift the 52's give me. I turned the offset in the Drag link forward so it would clear the cross memeber. No issues yet, but i do have the suspension limited on up travel to keep the steering arm out of the leaf springs.
     

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