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I need help with steering geometry

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by 8_YOUR_H2, Oct 18, 2003.

  1. 8_YOUR_H2

    8_YOUR_H2 1/2 ton status

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    Basically what I am doing now is putting the axles and springs from a 1977 K10 into a 1987 2WD S10. Being a 2WD it already has the steering ready for X-over. I am trying to get the front axle as far forward as possibe but the farther I move it forward the more of an angle the drag link moves. Instead of the drag link being on the same plane as the steering arm (lets say 0 degrees for reference)it ends up being at a 10-15 degree angle.

    Is this making sense?

    If so let me know if this going to be a big problem or if I should be ok. I would hate to find out on the trail.
     
  2. 69K5

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    Being a 2WD it already has the steering ready for X-over.

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    ????
     
  3. micah

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    why couldn't you use a shorter pitman arm or move the steering box forward on the frame. My opinion, yes it would make a difference.
     
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    Being a 2WD it already has the steering ready for X-over.

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    he means it already has the side to side swing of the 2wd box.
     
  5. TrcksR4ME

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    Maybe relocate the steering box?
     
  6. 8_YOUR_H2

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    That is an idea but the steering box has its own special pre formed place in the frame where it sits. If I move it forward the steering shaft wont line up any more.....maybe I could just get a CV on the steering shaft
     
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    Being a 2WD it already has the steering ready for X-over.

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    ok gotcha brain fart


    he means it already has the side to side swing of the 2wd box.

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  8. BorregoK5

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    Easy fix for you, I was going to do this for my tube buggy. Run a crossover arm built for rear mounted high steer. This places the steering arm behind the knuckle instead of in front of it. Now index your pitman arm 180 degrees (this may take a special pitman arm to clear the frame in your case) so it reverses the steering to match the reversed steering at the knuckle. This should buy you over a foot of forward axle relocation while maintaining your steering geometry.

    - Mike
     
  9. 8_YOUR_H2

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    Oh man, I could run coils in the front and have that sucker with a 90 degree approach angle. Thats a cool idea but I did some measuring today and that would be over kill in the opposite direction. The pitman arm would be further forward from the steering arm.

    I know my old draglink was bent to clear the cross member. What if I used the same bent drag link idea only the bend would be horizontal and not vertical?

    I think that may would spark some "hey look at this dumba$$ draglink posts".....
     

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