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Limited Steering movement w/new D60

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by KRAZIE87K5, Jul 13, 2001.

  1. KRAZIE87K5

    KRAZIE87K5 1/2 ton status

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    I installed the new D60 into the Blazer. I hop in to turn the wheels out of the way to connect the brake lines and when I hop back out, the wheels had barely moved.

    No steering stabilizer is installed, factory tierod and draglink are being used. The D60 is completely rebuilt, and is tight.

    Can the steering box itself have "stops" set? What else is there? I don't see the suspension or anything else binding when turning the wheels...

    I had the same problem with the old 8-lug 10-bolt... but then I blamed it all on the steering stabilizer. Please help!

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  2. Boss

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    Did you do anything to your gearbox?? I doubt this is a gear box problem. Before the 60 was installed, could you turn it back and forth??
    You probably have to extend the draglink. That could be the problem.
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  3. KRAZIE87K5

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    I did nothing to the gearbox, but I bought the truck already lifted (minus drivetrain). So maybe someone changed something in the gearbox before... is there something to change there? I have another gearbox I could install, but that is kind of a pain in the @ss.

    Before I installed the D60, I did not have full range of motion then either. I posted here about that problem, and we concluded that the issue was in the steering stabilizer. Now we know differently.

    Does anyone know how to change steering stops within the gearbox?

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    I would highly doubt it was the steering box (although stranger things have happened). Next question, is the draglink (the mini tie-rod that goes from the steering box arm to the steering arm on the axle), parallel to the ground or is it slanted on an angle. If the link is on a severe enough angle, you will NOT get lock to lock steering. The solution is a raised steering arm for 4-6" of lift on a GM10 or D44, a spacer for the steering arm on the D60, and for higher lifts the afformentioned items combined with a dropped/custom steering arm from the box and/or an S shaped drag link. Of course for higher lifts the crossover is the best steering setup, because you will have massive bump steer and short turning radius with axle droop if you don't.

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    By the way, (I know its just your sig...) I DID BUILD IT, IT IS MINE!

    The draglink in not level, but its not on a severe angle... I have purchased and installed the block (<A target="_blank" HREF=http://24.10.209.54/images/86truck/dd60.jpg>http://24.10.209.54/images/86truck/dd60.jpg</A>)for the D60, but that was not enough to make it level.

    If I need to get a new "dropped" steering arm, where do I buy one? Would I be better to get a "S" shaped draglink? Please let me know. Thanks!

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    You said you bought the truck lifted...well, there is the problem right there.....you'll never get the full right turn with a lifted truck, even with the raised steering arm, dropped draglink, etc.

    I don't think this is a gear box problem though. But if you have a good one waiting for you, then put that in, you never know. But, you can get dropped draglinks from a bunch of 4wheel places...just see how much you need it bent and let them know. I doubt the stabilizer would cause you not to turn. Did you try taking it off and see what happens??
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    I like that.....By the way, (I know its just your sig...) <font color=blue>I DID BUILD IT, IT IS MINE!</font color=blue>

    Two more questions 1.) Can you turn to at least one lock (left or right). 2.)If yes what position is the steering arm on the box (i.e. where is it pointed, is it pointed perpendicular to the frame, at an angle to the front, at an angle to the back etc.) A dropped drag link will help, but it may just be the draglink needs to be lenghtened/shortened.

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    Why don't you just go to cross over? D60's are easy to convert. I guess that's a whole other pain in the ass but it would solve your problems. I guess it's more money also...

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    That's funny, I noticed the same thing on a 3/4 ton D44 install this weekend! With the drag link disco'd it'll turn lock to lock. With it connected it turns shy of the bumpstops in both directions. The K5 has a 2 1/2" lift and the drag link it at a slight angle. Is the steering box from a Blazer and a truck the same. Keep me posted as to the remedy.

    Thanks
    Ron
     

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