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steering problem

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by K5Greek, Mar 28, 2007.

  1. K5Greek

    K5Greek 1/2 ton status

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    almost got the truck done and ready to go on the road and ran into a problem.. while the truck is in the air the tires will turn to each side as it normally does.. once its on the ground it will turn all the way to the left, but barely turns right..

    i can tell it needs an alignment because of the steering wheel position while the wheels are straight.. my teacher told me that the tie rod may have to be loosened up a bit from the looks of it but im not sure..

    also from what i understand the dana 44 and 10b steering arms are the same. i had a 44 that i was going to throw in my truck, but needed alot of work so i converted my 10b to 8 lug and used the steering arm off of the 44. would that have anything to do with it?
     
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    k30bb468 1/2 ton status Premium Member

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    Did you just install a lift ??
    If so you will need to extend the draglink by turning the adjustment collar.

     
  3. K5Greek

    K5Greek 1/2 ton status

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    yep maybe i shouldve specified.. i installed 4" front springs and a shackle flip in the rear along with a zero rate

    thanks for the info
     
  4. muddybuddy

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    draglink needs adjusting. problem solved :)
     
  5. sweetk30

    sweetk30 professional hooker Premium Member

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    dont waist time on alignment machine. hop in truck and drive it 50 - 100 ft to center the wheels. then loossen the adjuster bolts and turn the sleave till wheel centered. and recheck it on a road test. but make sure you go the right way. make sure you have thesame # of turns left and right from the wheel.

    and if you want to check toe on the tires then 2 people and tape measure. 1/8-1/4 toe in in the front more than the back. and make sure you both measure from the same points front and back on the tires.
     
  6. Leper

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    How straight is your draglink? I guess I should say how level is your draglink. Like said above, you will need to lengthen it some. It also helps if it is level as possible. Like using a drop pitman arm or a raised steering arm.
     

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