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Steering... Am I being too picky?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by dale_gribble, Jan 10, 2007.

  1. dale_gribble

    dale_gribble Registered Member

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    I am really being picky about my suburban V10, but I am starting to wonder if I am being unrealistic. It doesn't have any bumpsteer, and it's actually not that bad, but it just feels looser then I want it to...

    - I have had the steering box Warrior weld on 2 piece kit installed
    - Steering box bolts are snug
    - Dual brand new skyjacker steering stabilizers
    - New rag joint
    - Newly installed Borgeson steering shaft

    The ball joints are in great shape with no up/down play; there is what feels like a slight amount of slop on the drag link when the tires are off the ground, but I might just be being picky I don't know. There WAS about 1/8 turn of slop in the steering wheel before the Borgeson shaft. Now there is about 1/16 turn of slop.

    I am going to replace the drag link with the HD Napa Chassis Parts tonight and see how that feels... Tell me I am being neurotic and that it will never feel showroom tight ever again and I will feel better...
     
  2. BadBob

    BadBob 1/2 ton status

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    You might have some slack in the actual steering box. That can be fixed.
     
  3. dale_gribble

    dale_gribble Registered Member

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    The drag link ends were pretty shot. I think I found my culprit. I will find out tomorrow.
     
  4. sweetk30

    sweetk30 professional hooker Premium Member

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    put in a bolt in box brace kit. then sit back and fell the diffrence. when i installed my first one in my 10" lifted with 38 truck what a big big diffrence.
     
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    cegusman 3/4 ton status

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    X2, best mod I did.
     
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    Even with everything new , and all the bolt on and weld on mods , you will never get recirculating ball power steering totally tight . It ain't a 'vette :D
     
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    If your rig is hi-mileage, check the frame rivets. If they aren't solid, replace with weld or grade 8 bolts.:D
     
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    i think...
    bolt in steering box brace
    tighten steering box itself
    get rid of rag joint go to jeep steering shaft
    crossover with all heims
    new powersteering pump.
    and either steering stabilizer or hydroassist with a small bore for quicker response.
    it would be great..

    does the steering act more responsive when in a turn? are you getting 1/16 when steering is centered? could it be the variable steering box at the point of minimal steer?

    just thoughts
     
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    ccatlett1984 1/2 ton status

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    Could you elaborate on the jeep steering shaft fix?

    Also, how do you tighten the box itself?
     
  10. muddermilitia

    muddermilitia ThatTrazerGuy GMOTM Winner

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    You can install the steering shaft from an XJ (cherokee) it will eliminate the rag joint. There is a writeup in the tech section
     
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    koldsimer 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    I'll try to tell you how from what I remember. When you make the adjustment to the box you are just adjusting the play between the sector shaft and whatever the hell it connects with. There is a screw on top of your box with a locknut and an allen screw on top of it. Undo the locknut and turn the screw in 1/4 turn and see how it helps. If it doesn't help, turn it again. I had to make several adjustments to mine before it got tight. I have been warned that overtightening can ruin a box so be careful.
     
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    For me, it was the drag link after I did all of the mods like I previously mentioned. Thing feels awesome now. Tracks perfectly straight, no wander, good to go!
     
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    dale_gribble Registered Member

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    Is that your site?
     
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    Yes Sir. I haven't posted in "Vendors" yet.
     

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