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steering and spring

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by kustom71, Dec 20, 2003.

  1. kustom71

    kustom71 1/2 ton status

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    Whenever im driving it seems like i have to keep movin the steering wheel around alot to stay straight.Im going to rebuild the whole front end(bushings,ball joints,u-joints while im there).Is there a steering box that swaps in with maybe a better turning radius and how can i tell if i need new springs front and rear?Im not looking to lift it cause its a daily driver that ill occasionally tow and plow with.
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    Check your rag joint where the steering shaft mates to the steering box. That can cause a lot of slop. The steering box may need to be rebuilt if it is not the rag joint.


    Here is some other stuff you can do before just having the whole front end rebuilt: Have an assistant turn the steering wheel and look at your drag link and tie rod connections. There should be only a slight give before the wheels start to turn. Check your spring bushings for excesive wear. Jack up one front wheel at a time and grab the tire at the top and bottom and try to move it(should only move a tiny bit). That will tell you if your ball joints are ok. Spin your wheels and see if they turn freely to check the bearings.
     
  3. 73k5blazer

    73k5blazer Unplug the matrix cable from the back of your head Premium Member

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    Check this post
    for why your steering may feel loose. The biggest overlooked thing is the collapsable slip joint on the shaft.
    There are no aftermarket steereing boxes to give a better radius, as far as I know.

    Ken
     
  4. kustom71

    kustom71 1/2 ton status

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    thanx for that post.I hope to check this out this weekend
    MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!!!! /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif /forums/images/graemlins/truck.gif
     

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