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What wears out on IFS on 88-present trucks and** Custom Front Bumpers**

Discussion in '1992-Present Chevy & GMC models' started by 89K1500Chevy, Dec 9, 2002.

  1. 89K1500Chevy

    89K1500Chevy 1/2 ton status

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    I am wondering what is it that wears out on IFS trucks with the torsion bars tighted up. I have a 1989 K1500 and 2 years ago i tighted my torsion bars up 2" so i have 14" ground clearnce and a 3" body lift, im running 33 12.50 Xterrains on 16x10 xtreme alloys. My steering used to be really tight like 2 years ago but now its almost like a dodge steering system. And also i am custom fabbing a front bumper for my truck.I have 2 3" round tube bars vs C beams cut and welded like the warn classic. Thanks for any information. /forums/images/graemlins/deal.gif /forums/images/graemlins/truck.gif www.zombieoffroading.8m.net
     
  2. willyswanter

    willyswanter 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    Re: What wears out on IFS on 88-present trucks and custom front bumpers

    Mainly the steering components such as tie rod ends, pitman arm, and idler arm. Then the CV shafts.
     
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    Re: What wears out on IFS on 88-present trucks and custom front bumpers

    The idler arm and steering components. I am running a 6" lift and 35's. Pics Here.
     
  4. HarryH3

    HarryH3 1 ton status Author

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    Re: What wears out on IFS on 88-present trucks and custom front bumpers

    Any slop in the steering parts is additive, so that as they all wear, things really start to wander around. There's the upper and lower ball joints on each side, 4 tie rod ends, the idler arm and the pitman arm, plus the rubber bushings in the control arms let things move slightly. Add it all up and it's hard to stay in one lane. The IFS front end on my S-Jimmy was really getting loose at around 77K miles. I replaced the ball joints, tie rod ends, idler arm and pitman arm, then it drove like a new truck again. All the new parts were greaseable and are still tight at 138K miles. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
  5. 89K1500Chevy

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    Re: What wears out on IFS on 88-present trucks and custom front bumpers

    Thanks for the info guys but how much did all that cost you a guess would be good enough for me right now. /forums/images/graemlins/truck.gif www.zombieoffroading.8m.net
     
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    Re: What wears out on IFS on 88-present trucks and custom front bumpers

    I think that all the parts cost me $100-150. /forums/images/graemlins/cool.gif
     
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    Re: What wears out on IFS on 88-present trucks and custom front bumpers

    Wow yeah that will be way cheaper then swaping to Solid axle, while i would really like to have that on my truck bec. it would look badass and be easier to lift higher and cheaper. I am going to stay with the IFS system. /forums/images/graemlins/tongue.gif /forums/images/graemlins/deal.gif /forums/images/graemlins/usaflag.gif /forums/images/graemlins/truck.gif www.zombieoffroading.8m.net
     
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    Re: What wears out on IFS on 88-present trucks and custom front bumpers

    I just replaced the steering components in my Tahoe at 119,000 miles and it rides so much better now. It was about $150. Next is the ball joints. But I myself, in due time, am going SFA. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
  9. BIG STEVE

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    Re: What wears out on IFS on 88-present trucks and custom front bumpers

    I did the same thing on my 88 at 5k at 95k when i sold it
    the only thing that wore out was the idler arm about 10 times it will make it wonder all over GM up dated it in 90
    i believe. went from 2 bolts that hold it to frame to a
    3 bolt cast setup.
    jack up right front leave left on ground youl be shocked at
    how far the tire will turn in and out by hand watch idler
    arm move up and down.
    get a idler at some place with life time warrenty (auto zone) got a free one every 9k pay the extra for a lifetime alighnment (firestone) got one evry time changed idler
    they do that to get you in and sell parts and service
    just say no! /forums/images/graemlins/mad.gif 02 GMC HD & 90 JIMMY
     
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    Re: What wears out on IFS on 88-present trucks and custom front bumpers

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    Re: What wears out on IFS on 88-present trucks and custom front bumpers

    On the right side follow the steering tie rod from spindal
    (wheel)up to frame on inside of frame its atached to a pitman arm/idler arm by a ball joint thats it remove tie rod
    and unbolt from frame cant see it in pitcture. if you have a
    yucon its been updated the ones in 88&89 were realy weak
    but still could be wore out check as in previos reply
    90 straight axle jimmy & 02 HD completley diffrant set up
     

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