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Steering Stops/Steering caracteristics

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by KRAZIE87K5, Jun 25, 2001.

  1. KRAZIE87K5

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    I finally got everything running on the truck and was performing a "pre-flight" test in the driveway. As I was testing the steering, it looks like the tires do not turn very far at all. I do not see anything binding underneith, everything down there seems OK. Could it be the new Trail Blazer steering stabilizer? Is there some other setting I'm just missing here? I just think that the wheels should really turn farther. Otherwise 3 point turns are out of the question for me... my version of the same maneuver would equal at least 20 points! Suggestions? Thanks guys!

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    Did you install the stabilizer correctly? If you dont have it adjusted correctly, it may limit your turnign to one side or both..

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  3. KRAZIE87K5

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    It seemed to me at the time of install, that the damn thing only went in one direction... and I didn't notice any adjustable pieces... what exactly should I be looking for? Do I just remove the thing for testing purposes, and see if that fixes it? If it is the stabilizer, what brand should I purchase that won't limit my steering ability?

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    Does it turn well one way and not the other?
     
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    Is this a stock replacement stabilzer or a bolt on aftermarket one? If aftermarket, then you have to bolt it on and then adjust where you bolt it to according to how far it will let you turn.
    Bolt on the shock body part tight. Then install the u-bolts for the other side on the tierod. Turn the wheel all the way to the rght and then extend the shock rod all the way out and back it off a hair and botl it up. See if this helps with your steering.

    If you are using a stock replacment stabilzer, soemthing else maybe limiting your turning.

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  6. KRAZIE87K5

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    It seems to turn the same amount in both directions, but when turning to the left, the whole truck seems to lift up a bit... I don't know what that is either....

    Also, it is a stock stabilizer replacement. No U-Bolts to set, it bolts into the axle, and into the steering rod.
     
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    Remove it and try it in the driveway. You may want to roll forward while turning to see if that helps. Sometimes turning while stationary cause the PS steering belt to slip and limits turning if not adjusted correctly. The other question is, did you just install a lift recently and/or is your draglink (the mini tie-rod looking thing that goes from the steering box arm to the arm on the knuckle of the axle) level or is it angled. If it's angled you will not get full lock to lock steering. Also check to make sure your PS steering fluid is up to the appropriate level.

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    As for the draglink, it is not quite level. I have a 6" lift, and the arm that connects to the knuckle is only a 4" extension. But its what came with the lift. I always thought that it being slanted only affected steering in one direction? Mine is limited in both directions...

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    If the steering wheel is centered and the link is angled enough you will have limited travel in both directions. The problem with having limited travel in one direction is when the axle droops when flexing. The draglink angle increases, which decreases it's effective length, so you can turn to lock (or close to it) in one direction but have severely limited turning to the other direction.
    You may also want to get a dropped arm that bolts to the steering box (2").

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