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My drag link is too short, what now?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by divorced, Nov 4, 2004.

  1. divorced

    divorced 3/4 ton status

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    Everything was fine, then I removed the shims from my front springs and put 1" longer shackles on (rotates the steering arm down). Now the draglink doesn't have enough adjustment; the threads are right at the clamps on the adjusting sleeve. I noticed that one drag link end is longer than the other. So, right away I think that I could just use two long ends, but I don't think that it would thread together then.<font color="red"> Is one draglink end a right hand thread and the other a left hand thread?</font> *I would go look, but my truck is 25 miles away, I won't see it until this weekend* <font color="red"> Suggestions?</font>
     
  2. funkycold

    funkycold 1/2 ton status

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    Yes they are right and left hand threads, so you would not be able to put another long one on it. It sounds like you may need to get a drop drag link instead to compensate for the distance.

    Or go crossover!
     
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    Don't buy a drop draglink.

    If you're out of adjustment you probably will need a drop pitman arm, or go crossover.
     
  4. divorced

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    Crossover would be nice, but it's a little more $$$ than I want to spend on the truck right now.

    Are the dropped pitman arms right at 2"? I could take the draglink off and hold it down a bit to see if it may work like that, if it looks like it will work you will get a pm for that and a steering brace /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif
     
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    84_Chevy_K10 Banned

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    They're advertised as a 2" drop, they're really 1 1/2" of drop exactly.

    Steering braces are in stock and ready to go, the last two @ $110 shipped. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif

    Drop drag links suck, aviod them like the plague.
     
  6. divorced

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    [ QUOTE ]
    Drop drag links suck, aviod them like the plague.

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    I agree, I don't like them either.

    My friend uses a dropped pitman arm, dropped drag link, raised steering arm, and a 3" steering block... /forums/images/graemlins/rolleyes.gif don't ask...
     
  7. sled_dog

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    [ QUOTE ]
    /forums/images/graemlins/rolleyes.gif don't ask...

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    don't need to
     
  8. 1-ton

    1-ton 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    I wish you guys would have told me this before I bought my 4" drop drag link. I really have not had any problems with it, but if you guys say they suck, then I will change it over to a drop pitman arm; especially since I am about to put a brand new steering gear box and steering pump on my truck, I may as well change it while I am at it. With 4" of lift am I to assume I need a 4" drop pitman arm?
     
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    With 4" of lift I would run a 2" pitman arm with the stock draglink and steering arm.
     
  10. sled_dog

    sled_dog 1 ton status

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    dana 60 front axle? 4" of lift you may consider a 3" steering block or a 3" block in connection with a drop pitman arm. Like Tim said drop pitmans are only like 1.5". Drop draglinks do suck.
     
  11. 79Beast

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    You can do crossover cheap, brother. Try a 2wd chevy steering box with a grand cherokee drag link and make your own steering arm.
     

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