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to hi steer, or not to hi steer

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by beater_k20, Nov 27, 2006.

  1. beater_k20

    beater_k20 Banned

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    just looking at steering arms for my HP60, and thinking about a couple different things. i seem to recall something about knuckles cracking when using hi steer, was that Ford or Chevy knuckles? what are the advantages to hi steer, other than just getting the tie rod up out of the way?
     
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    Ford knuckles are the "weak" ones. There is really no advantage to hi-steer except getting it up out of the way. If you want to run a balanced ram it'd probably be easier to put up there as well.

    IMHO, get a beefy tie rod and a tractor tie rod ram. Make a little skid for the ram and go wheeling.
     
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    what he said---make a beefy TR and wheel.
     
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    beater_k20 Banned

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    primarily a street/sand/mud truck til at least '09... told myself in '99 as a senior in high school that one of my life goals was to drive something to my 10 year reunion that i built from the ground up. well, this is it... but, if im gonna build it, might as well build it right the first time.
     
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    I don't know the difference between the chevy and f*rd knuckles but if I get a f*rd HP60, will the chevy knuckles work on them, since the f*rd ones are weak? :dunno:
     
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    If you're gonna do a lot of rocks right now, don't bother.

    I wheel almost all rocks and the ram has held up fine.
     
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    The only solution to beefing up a ford knuckle is by adding a HD tie rod? That's it?
     
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    IIRC some people have plated them, but IIRC they're cast, so good luck welding on it.

    Breaking knuckles is out of my category as a wheeler. If it ever happens (god forbid) there will be some rockwells in my garage mighty soon.
     
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    would be cheaper to go to an aftermarket set of knuckles than to swap to Rockies, wouldnt it?
     
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    High steer puts extra stress on the weakest part of the knuckle. Ford knuckles are significantly weaker than Chevy ones (as has already been said).

    Rockwells are pretty much out of the question if you plan on driving it on the street. I would stick with the axle you have and get a stout tie rod and call it good.
     
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    Yeah, but if I break a Chevy knuckle with low steer, I've probably already gone through quite a few shafts and joints. I'm a snowball type of guy, I upgraded/broke this so I might as well ______.

    I know rockies are outta the question for him...but I need some one tons for my one seater. :haha:
     
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    Ford Knuckles are considered the weakest. They crack more often then Chevys do. Chevy knuckles can be cracked too though. FWP cracked a D60 Chevy knuckle & now has Dedenbears to eliminate that brakeage point. He wheeled the hell out of that truck with 38's & 42's w/hysteer & hydro for years before he broke a Chevy knuckle.

    I would try plateing the Ford knuckles and if you cracked one then go to Dedenbears.

    Harley
     
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    Hmmm.... I'm glad I read this thread... I didn't know Dedenbears made knuckles for ford.. which further motivates me to buy the HP60 and the Furd 205....
     
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    not real sure about using a company who makes their diff covers with "ductal" though.
     
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    Everything Crane makes is very top notch. Their diff covers are probably the toughest ones made.

    Ask me how i know :rolleyes:
     

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