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Need steering Help!

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by zakk, Sep 26, 2001.

  1. zakk

    zakk 1/2 ton status

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    I just got the new D60 in the front end of my '77 K5 and steering is not what it was with the D44. I cannot turn right more the 1/3 of the way. what is the best way to correct this? steering block? dropped drag link? lowered pitman arm? i cannot trust salesmen, they wanna sell me whatever the big $$$ item is. any help/suggestions on what would work best would be WONDERFUL!


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  2. thatK30guy

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    From what you show on your sig, you have 6" lift.

    Did you install a 3" steering block on the D60's driver side knuckle? If not, get one. That should restore your steering a bit more.

    Do you have a drop pitman arm? If not, get one of those, too. The pitman arm and D60 block should be enough to correct the problem. You may still need to adjust the draglink, too.

    For best steering results, convert to crossover steering. I know its $$$, but it will be better in the long run.

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    draglink adjustment might be necessary

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  4. zakk

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    a mechanic said my drag link was well worn, &amp; that he would install a "s" drag link (he said it, i have never heard of one) would this piece be better? i think i have a buddy with a block...

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    SB 400 TH350 NP203 p/t 6" Lift D60 14BFF 4.10's 36"Wrangler II's
     
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    Go with what previous said, but check preset stop nuts too, or whatever the hell they're called. 6 inch should go to crossover in my opinion if you want good steering through suspension's movement.

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    That "S" drag link is an aftermarket piece from Superlift and some others.

    I do not like them. The joint ends seem to wear out faster than regular straight factory drag link ends.

    I would get a new drag link from your local parts store and install the 3" steering block and a 2" pitman arm.

    When you put the drag link together, dab some anti-seize on the threads so you can adjust the thing later.

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    the s draglink is a POS. dont use it.
    crossover is your best bet followed by the previously mentioned corrections. you will still get noticeable bumpsteer with the chev factory style steering.
    crossover will cost about $100 for the pass side steer arm, $65 for the pitman, you are on your own for the 2wdr steering box and 1.25" .219 DOM
     
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    I beg to differ.

    The passenger side steering arm does not cost $100.

    I paid $185 for the arm from ORD.

    Unless you know of some "cheaper" arms?

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