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No more steering slack!

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by 73Jimmy, Apr 3, 2001.

  1. 73Jimmy

    73Jimmy Registered Member

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    Location:
    Idaho
    Coming home in the wind and rain a few nights ago
    I knew I was going to have trouble keeping my 73 Jimmy
    between the lines.. and it was bad. With about 3-5" of
    slack in the wheel and fighting crosswinds and an uneven
    highway, it was a white knuckle trip at 50mph. I was
    wondering what I would tell the Highway Patrol if they
    pulled me over for drunk driving (gave up the juice over a year ago..)

    I had replaced the pitman arm, shocks, tires and done the
    cracked frame repair. What next?

    I remembered someone on the board recommending tightening
    the lash in the steering gear, so I backed off the 5/8ths keeper
    nut and gave the allen head screw a quarter turn clockwise.
    That fixed it! I have, at most, 1" of slack in the wheel, perfect
    for my reflexes with no binding of the gear!

    If you have an otherwise tight suspension and the wandering
    is still driving you nuts.. try the steering gear!

    73 Jimmy
     
  2. LA91Blazer

    LA91Blazer Registered Member

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    Thanks for the tip. I just replaced my drag link. That helped alot but there is still too much play. I am installing a rock rod next week, maybe I will try your tip as well.

    BlazingWolf
     
  3. mudhog

    mudhog THEGAME Staff Member Super Moderator

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    thanks 4 the tip i will give it a try

    77blazer see it at<A target="_blank" HREF=http://community.webshots.com/user/ssmith6333>http://community.webshots.com/user/ssmith6333</A>[​IMG]
     

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