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Steering Wheel crooked

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by MudFrog, Oct 2, 2001.

  1. MudFrog

    MudFrog 1/2 ton status

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    After I did my lift my steering arm is now upside down. how do I correct this? It's kinda annoying cause my turn signals don't automatically turn them self off. Should I just unbolt the tie rod (correct me if I'm not using the right word) from the steering arm straighten my wheels, straighten my steering wheel then bolt everything back up?

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    Well you could remove the ragjoint/steering shaft (after you point your tires straight) then rotate the shaft until your wheel is straight. Or pull your steering wheel and rotate it there.
    Sup to you.
    The reason for hte change is a lift will change your steering geometry and make your wheel out of phase.

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  3. michaelm

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    which part? the box has a one way only d-shaft, and i thought the rag end was welded. i was going to try the column to shaft joint but it is being stubborn. i was planning to pull the steering wheel. did i miss something?
     
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    Don't adjust the steering wheel or shaft to fix it. The steering box needs to be centered internally while you're going straight. To adjust out the difference since installing your lift kit, you have to adjust the length of the drag link until the steering wheel is centered again. It's the tie-rod looking thing that goes between the pitman arm and the steering arm. With the wheels pointing straight ahead, adjust the drag link until the steering wheel is straight. Make sure you unlock the steering wheel with the ignition key before you start adjusting. [​IMG]

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  5. Burt4x4

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    Ahhh, OK my bad. The only thing I see as a problem with adjusting your steering wheel that way is that you may not find center even though your wheel is straight. You could test after adjusting by driving in a circle one way and then the other fully cranked and see if you make the same size circle...

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    If the steering box was centered before the lift, then adjusting the drag link will get it centered again. When you start yanking off the wheel and re-indexing it, then you start to get things out of whack. The steering boxes are designed so that the internals mesh a bit tighter at center to help prevent wandering on the highway.

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    HarryH3... thats exactly what I needed to know... I replaced the whole draglink cause mine was shot but I did not know if I needed it longer or the same size as it was stock. So I made it the exact same size. I'll adjust it and see if that takes care of the problem.

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    everytime i go wheelin the steering wheel gets better or worse. Right now its in the middle, next time--who knows, i just live w/it

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    RogerDoger HarryH3!!
    I had my whole shabang apart so it didn't madder for me cuz I had no center point to start with!!
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    Can't rotate the steering wheel. It's a little complex, but a few parts in there (horn contact, lock plate) only allow the wheel to go on one way without modifications, and thats not the "right" way.

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    I hear ya! I sometime forget that my 72 is alot more simpler than the newer gernerations! I don't have all that stuff in my colum.....

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    just changed my draglink assembly yesterday. YES you need to adjust the draglink so the tires are straight and the wheel is straight. I get 1 3/4 turns center to lock either left or right
     
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    i am fully aware of how to centre the steering box. i have the box centred but the wheel isnt in my case. i am not sure i would use your method(useing where the steering wheel faces to determine centre). i prefer to centre the box then worry about the steering wheel later as the box is important and the wheel cosmetic. i think you know what you are doing but i have had alignment shop employees offer to straighten my steering wheel, and when i enquire how they will accomplish this, they offer to mess up a few hours of testing by adjusting my drag link length for me.
    i guess that ramble was to say you need to stress the important qualifier in your advise.
    something like
    IF THE WHEEL WAS STRAIGHT BEFORE and the BOX WAS CENTRED BEFORE then....
    when working on 20+ year old vehicles that have a flimsy draglink that bends every time you crawl out of a pit you can rarely count on those 2 things being true.
     

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