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Pitman arm and steering arm Question on a 4" lift

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by 87superblaze, Feb 11, 2002.

  1. 87superblaze

    87superblaze 1/2 ton status

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    Pitman arm and steering arm Question on a 4\" lift

    Do I need to buy a pitman arm AND a steering arm when I upgrade to a 4" lift? It seems like I should be able to get away with using one or the other. What is recommended that you use when correcting the steering?

    Any advise/comments welcome.

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  2. k20

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    Re: Pitman arm and steering arm Question on a 4\" lift

    correct me if im wrong, but all you need is a steering arm, (clarity 4 me) the one w/ the 3 bolts through it.
     
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    Re: Pitman arm and steering arm Question on a 4\" lift

    All you need is the raised steering arm. If you go with a higher lift later, you can add a lowered pitman arm. The key is that you want your drag link (supposing you don't have crossover steering) level.

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  4. m j

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    Re: Pitman arm and steering arm Question on a 4\" lift

    level is not really what you are after as it will make the bump steer more noticeable.
    the spring will elongate pushing the axle back on compression and if the draglink is level it will have its effective length(those words dont feel right but..) reduced as it arcs forward. end result you steer into oncoming.
    steering box end should be higher then axle end.
    how much angle is the game.
    by the way that is FACT cause i believe it.

    edit: the only thing that throws this line of thinking off is the binding caused by the stock swaybar. the lift manufacturers drop the ball in a big way by offering drop mount brackets for it when they could remove the bind and compensate for the lift with some end links.
    formerly 77chev
    still a jerk though<P ID="edit"><FONT class="small">Edited by m j on 02/11/02 07:10 PM.</FONT></P>
     
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    Re: Pitman arm and steering arm Question on a 4\" lift

    ok going with my 6" lift I needed a pitman arm only. had great steering geometry. going to my 8" lift now my left turns sharp but my right is a bit out there so it looks like a drag link is in my future.

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  6. RootBreaker

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    Re: Pitman arm and steering arm Question on a 4\" lift

    You should be good. At least you dont have my problem...
    14" leafs front/back
    4" drop pitman arm
    4" s-drag link
    3" raised steering arm
    takes 20 feet to turn either way. I was told the leafs are new and need to settle. Once settled then I will be fine....
    hmmmm
    4+4+3=11 14-11=3" difference in steering parts.....
    oh well...
    after the motor I will worry bout this sitiation....

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  7. m j

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    Re: Pitman arm and steering arm Question on a 4\" lift

    that just sounds like the draglink length is too short

    formerly 77chev
    still a jerk though
     
  8. m j

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    Re: Pitman arm and steering arm Question on a 4\" lift

    where did you get a 4" drop pitman?
    all I have found is a 2"

    formerly 77chev
    still a jerk though
     
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    Re: Pitman arm and steering arm Question on a 4

    when i put my 4in on, all i got was 4in raised steering arm, its all i needed

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  10. RootBreaker

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    Re: Pitman arm and steering arm Question on a 4\" lift

    ummmm from the guy that lifted my truck.... they are easy to find. If you need one let me know...

    <a target="_blank" href=http://community.webshots.com/user/rootbreaker>Pics of buildup</a>78 Chevy 3/4 - 14" lift -dana44, 14 bolt w/4.56's on 40"x17x16.5 Hawgs
     
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    Re: Pitman arm and steering arm Question on a 4\" lift

    They make a 3" block to put under your steering arm.

    Personally, I'd avoid the bent drag links like the plague.

    Tim
    '84 Chevy K10, lifted, loud, fast, and 3/4 ton axles
     

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