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New Bushings

Discussion in 'OffRoad Design' started by MudFrog, Dec 29, 2000.

  1. MudFrog

    MudFrog 1/2 ton status

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    My steering and almost everything about the way my K5 drives is getting pretty sloppy. I just installed new shocks so I know thats not the issue. I'm thinking about replacing all my bushings with polyurethane, my question is what would you recommend I start with. I looked at the bushings for my sway bar and they are shot, they are cracked really bad, and there is a gap between the bushing and the bar itself. Is the new set of bushings you sell greasable? I'm gonna end up ordering them whether they are greasable or not, I was just wondering. Do you have anything that could help out with the steering? In this I mean, other than the steering box reinforce kit, I plan on running that eventually but right now I would like to get all of the worn bushing out of here. As it is now, I can hit a decent size bump in the road and it will knock me a couple feet over. I need to get this steering problem correted. I don't even know if you sell anything that could help with that, but I'd like to find out if you do.

    Thanks for the help.

    89 K5 Silverado
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  2. Stephen

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    Your steering problems can come from a lot of different places, like bushings, frame slop, ball joints, tie rod ends, and even messed up linkage geometry. Replacing bushings is a good place to start, we have greasable for all the suspension points EXCEPT the swaybar. There's no way to grease the end bushings (easily) and we don't have anything for the front bushings.
    You should start out on this problem with all the basic stuff first, and bushings are a one of those things, then I'd say put on the box brace, then ball joints and tie rod ends. A full set of bushings for the front end is going to run you about $130, so it's not too bad to start with. (that includes the HD shackles)
    And test it with some nice radial tires, trying to diagnose a vehicle problem with swampers or other aggressive tires on it is pretty much a waste of time. They just don't drive that nice to start with!
    If you get to that point and it still isn't good you probably have a geometry problem that will take some more vehicle specific fixing.
    Thanks


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  3. MudFrog

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    Thanks for the reply!
    Could you by any chance list what parts that $130 includes? I will probably buy them one at a time due to fundage [​IMG].

    89 K5 Silverado
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    HD shackles $85
    Greasable main eye kit $22
    Swaybar bushings $17
    Shipping $depends
    Make sure the ubolts are tight too!

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  5. Gandolf

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    You mentioned getting knocked over a couple feet by a decent size bump. When my K5 was new to me, I thought my steering was a little loose but was no big deal. One day on a freeway I rarely drive on, I hit a large dip on a curve at about 70 mph and the K5 went almost completely out of control sideways. To correct I had to steer straight which gave me no choice but to change lanes until I got it under control. Luckly, nobody was next to me. This was scary and I don't scare easily. Another day I hit the same spot but slowed to 60 first and got a similar reaction but not as violent. I got the sideways reaction but could keep it in my lane. Months later I installed the ORD steering brace (and no other steering or suspension parts) and last week I drove on that freeway again. I approached the spot at 70 and was ready with both hands tightly on the wheel. Other than feeling the bump, nothing else happened. Yesterday I drove that freeway again and this time I hit it at 70 with my hands lightly on the wheel with only enough pressure to keep in my lane on the curve. It was completely uneventful. That steering box brace cures alot of ills and I recommend putting it high on your priority list.

    '89 K5 Silverado 4" lift w/BFG 33's
     
  6. MudFrog

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    I'll keep that in mind. I was wondering if the brace would cure the problems. I still need to replace some of the bushings and would really like to replace the front shackles also, I might try the steering brace first.

    89 K5 Silverado
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  7. TX Mudder

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    The frame is pretty weak where the steering box is. With the brace in place, you'll look at it and wonder how it kept from ripping off the frame without it.
    Also gone is the annoying tendencany of the steering wheel to keep getting off-center everytime you run it hard off road.
    -- Mike
     
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    I knew the steering brace was really weak at the box, my last truck broke clean in two there. However I didn't know there would be any play on the frame when the frame is still intact. Must be a whole lot of twisting going on there [​IMG].

    89 K5 Silverado
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    I agree, my box did rip the frame in half! I got the brace and repair kits and am very impressed.
     

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