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which hi-steer arms?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by muddybuddy, Sep 14, 2006.

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which hi-steer arms?

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  2. NorthWestFab

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  3. Sky-Manufacturing

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  4. BlueTorch

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  5. GreatLakes Offroad

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  6. WFO concepts

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  7. Other

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  8. Nekkid, steering is overrated

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  1. muddybuddy

    muddybuddy 3/4 ton status

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    whose hi-steer arms are you guys running, and what made you choose theirs over the others? i need to get rid of my semi-ghetto arm. they all seem to be very well constructed.
     
  2. makovai

    makovai 1/2 ton status

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    I'm watching this post closely. I'm in the process of my 3/4 ton conversion and high steer is what I'm looking to purchase next, altough after today's purchase of rotars and ball joints the bank account has shrunk.
     
  3. Jimbo*

    Jimbo* 1/2 ton status

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    I chose Sky over the other because they are one piece construction. Beware the studs; the ones they supplied me weren't grade 8, but grade 5 and broke two of them torqueing them down. I removed them and retapped the knuckles and machined some grade 8 studs--now I'm happy!
    Jimbo

    edit: in all fairness to Sky, I was installing on a Saturday, and had the material and machine to make the studs I needed on the spot. Since I fixed the problem, I never contacted Sky about it.
     
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  4. thezentree

    thezentree 3/4 ton status

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    My steering arm just came in today from Sky, and although it's not hi-steer, it's well made. I'm happy with it and the price was right. I'm gonna call Sky tomorrow and ask em about the stud issue though, it's the first I've heard of it.
     
  5. muddybuddy

    muddybuddy 3/4 ton status

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    do most of them use studs? whats the reasoning for that? my current arm jus uses grade 8 bolts into the knuckles
     
  6. readymix

    readymix 3/4 ton status

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    I have NWF and would not trade it for anything. I got it with the ARP studs so I am not worried about that. Also it is the tallest arm on the market so it would crear 52's and zero-rate without a doubt.
     
  7. wayne

    wayne 3/4 ton status

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    I have a Sky arm. Had it over 3 years and no problems with it.
     
  8. muddybuddy

    muddybuddy 3/4 ton status

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    readymix, did you get the double sided arms to run the tie-rod behind?
     
  9. thedrip

    thedrip 1/2 ton status

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    I've been running a sky super arm d44 crossover/hi steer for a year or more now, absolutely no qualms with it whatsoever. Just ordered a d60 crossover arm for my axle swap from them as well.
     
  10. readymix

    readymix 3/4 ton status

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    Just the single, but I will be getting the double next time I need a new tie rod. Might not be too soon though since the one I have is huge
     
  11. gmc4cw

    gmc4cw 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    I'm running the ORD complete setup. the steering arm is massive. I bought theirs mostly because I have tons of other things from there and it was complete. I did not have to piece anything together, which when talking about steering could be bad. Any arm you see that is flat where the draglink mounts and not angled to compensate for the kingpin angle is junk. ORD arms come with ARP studs also. they are also setup for aftermarket knuckles and hi-steer, so nothing to swap out later with other upgrades.
     
  12. jekbrown

    jekbrown I am CK5 Premium Member GMOTM Winner Author

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    WFO Concepts... great service, great price, great product. NWF would be good also, but may cost more, I haven't priced them lately. At any rate, WFO makes cool double arms for reverse high steer. Bling!

    j
     
  13. 85mudblazin

    85mudblazin 1/2 ton status

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    I run a standard steering SKY arm. I run 52's with a zerorate and at full droop my draglink just kisses the spring nothing major, just enough to rub the paint off.
    Its a well built arm and have been abusing it without any problems.
     
  14. muddybuddy

    muddybuddy 3/4 ton status

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    with 52's/56's up front and hi-steer, is it going to be necessary to put the tie-rod behind or would i be able to get by with just normal hi-steer?
     
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    jekbrown I am CK5 Premium Member GMOTM Winner Author

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    you'll need reverse high steer... with normal high steer, your springs will be "in the way".

    j
     
  16. nvrenuf

    nvrenuf NONE shall pass! Premium Member

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    I bought the NWF double arm for my crossover so I could have the option of reverse histeer later on. I've got a 1.5" tie rod already so it seems like a waste to go reverse (for now). Later on if I want to change all I need to get is the opposite arm.

    Fwiw, I have 2.5" lift 52's up front but I haven't finsihed putting the truck together so I haven't driven it.
     
  17. jesster

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    Every High steer arm that I have ever seen uses studs.

    I don't think you are supposed to use grade 8 bolts for this application.
     
  18. pvfjr

    pvfjr 1/2 ton status

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    Sky = Beef.

    I've got the reverse high steer crossover setup on my D60, it's a beautiful thing. Pretty good price too, considering that they're better anyway. You wouldn't be disappointed.
     
  19. muddybuddy

    muddybuddy 3/4 ton status

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    anybody got pics of their hi-steer? or if youve got some pics of the reverse hi-steer as well.
     
  20. pvfjr

    pvfjr 1/2 ton status

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    I just realized that I don't have any pics that show the actual arms, but I can get those later for you if you want, just let me know. These should give you a good idea of where it puts your linkages though. Just so everyone knows, it's with 6" tuff country springs, a 1" muddytazz zero rate with the axle moved 1.5" forward, a econoline pitman arm reamed for ES2234R's, homemade 1.5" 3/8 wall DOM rods, Sky's reverse high steer arms, and a 1.5"X8" surpluscenter ram. It all fits in there pretty well. The tie rod will scuff it's paint against the springs at full lock and droop, but that's because of the zero rate and the SUPERFAT tie rod. There's no binding, so I'm not worried.

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