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pitman arm and lift. There is something..OHHH NOOO.....

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by jakeslim, Jan 18, 2003.

  1. jakeslim

    jakeslim 1/2 ton status

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    I will be installing a 6 inch lift on my k5 next weekend. While soaking the nuts and bolts today with liquid wrench, I noticed this setup....is this normal? It has a lift but with blocks and I want to clean it up to an all spring lift. See the block below the arm....normal?
    See it here.... http://coloradok5.com/photos/showphoto.php?photo=3509
     
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    Re: pitman arm and lift. There is something..

    YEEEE-IKES! /forums/images/graemlins/eek.gif

    That is not normal, or safe IMO. Get rid of that soon!
     
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    Re: pitman arm and lift. There is something..

    uhhhhh yeah, I thought so....has anybody else seen something like this setup? It looks like it is specifically made for this...down to the 3 bolts. Luckily the Rough Country kit comes with a new arm.
     
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    Re: pitman arm and lift. There is something..

    Holy jump up and sit down Batman... /forums/images/graemlins/eek.gif I wouldnt drive that thing out the end of my driveway like that... That has an APF (a$$ pucker factor) of 13 on a scale of 1-10!!!

    wow...

    -Ryan /forums/images/graemlins/k5.gif
     
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    Re: pitman arm and lift. There is something..

    I drove this as a daily driver for a year in CA before I moved out here to NJ.....hmmmmm now your scaring me!
     
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    Now that really looks bogus. /forums/images/graemlins/tongue.gif
     
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    more pics posted on setup...enjoy! Just check all my photos...they are all there
     
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    Re: pitman arm and lift. There is something..

    Well when ya take it off take pics and title it what NOT to do!

    Have you never noticed that before now?
     
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    Re: pitman arm and lift. There is something..

    I have learned ALOT over the past few months. I never new much about lifts so no, I just did not realize the problem. I have been researching to buy my kit recently and noticed it. I will try and take many photos of the install. I think we could use a well "pictured install" in the bloody knuckle. Though many of you have installed lift kits, it remains a popular topic. I will try and make it happen.
     
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    not to be a dick, but this is what REALLY SCARES ME!!

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    I drove this as a daily driver for a year in CA before I moved out here to NJ.....hmmmmm now your scaring me!


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    umm, how could you NOT notice that?
    please dont drive it until you fix it the right way.
    Grant
     
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    There actually used to be places that sold 2 and 3 inch steering blocks like that. /forums/images/graemlins/shocked.gif But as the price came down on steering arms with the 4-inch correction, the blocks disappeared (thankfully!) from the market. /forums/images/graemlins/cool.gif That one looks to be home made though! /forums/images/graemlins/eek.gif
     
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    BTW, that's the steering arm in the pic. The pitman arm is the one that is attacted to the output shaft of the steering box. /forums/images/graemlins/cool.gif
     
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    Well I got to say that this set up may look scary, but after thinking about it, it really is not exactly about to fall off. The block below the pitman arm appears to be specific to the purpose.
    I KNOW it is weird, but explain to me why it is not safe? All 3 bolts are secure and the fit is tight. DON'T WORRY, I'M CHANGING IT, but still, if I drove it for so long and with no problems, then why should I be afraid to leave my driveway? I sweart the part fits so perfect it has me wondering a bit....
     
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    Thanks HarryH3, that does make since because it looks pretty secure. Sorry, no pitman, this is a steering arm! I am still learning so thanks again!
     
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    Looks better than my pitman arm, I stripped mine out and went to turn, but the steering wheel turned but not the front wheels. Talk about ass pucker! Now with a new pitman arm and new drag links the steering feels great. I always had some free play in the steering before the repair.
     
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    I cant speak for anyone else but the reason I tripped over it is because its a home made job, which is bad enuff, but its also too tall. By looking at it it appears to be a few pieces welded together, so its prob. hollow to boot.

    1-2 inches of solid lift block is a debateable subject, some hate them and I understand why, but I have never seen any problems w/ them myself.
     

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