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Old 05-07-2009, 08:19 PM   #1
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Exclamation *help s.o.s* install question???????

Ok so I have a step on my install guide for the BDS 3" kit that I am lost on:

6. Disconnect the steering drag link from the pitman arm. Remove the tie rod end nut and dislodge the tie rod end from
the pitman arm with the appropriate puller or pickle fork. Save tie rod end nut.

I am not much of a car guy but What does this look like... where in the fron is it and do i need a pitman arm puller or pickle fork to pull it?? Here is the link if you need to look at the install guide. http://www.bds-suspension.com/pdfs/014310-1.pdf HELP HELP HELP PLEASE

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Old 05-07-2009, 08:32 PM   #2
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its the part that connects the steering box to the wheels. you may need a pickle fork

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Old 05-07-2009, 08:39 PM   #3
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its the part that connects the steering box to the wheels. you may need a pickle fork
Is this something I can pick up at a parts store like Auto zone?
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Yes. They'll have better ones at "real" tool stores but for your fairly new jeep the cheapo special they'll sell you should get your pitman arm off.
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Yes. They'll have better ones at "real" tool stores but for your fairly new jeep the cheapo special they'll sell you should get your pitman arm off.
Once it is off is it going to be hard to put back on? Or even better can i skip this step lol
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are you changing the drag link?
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Hey, do they have you putting on a dropped pitman arm? If so, on a 3" lift, I doubt (like really doubt) that it is necessary.

I don't know much about that kit so I won't say authortativly that you don't need it, but...
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Old 05-07-2009, 11:07 PM   #8
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Once it is off is it going to be hard to put back on? Or even better can i skip this step lol
You will need a pitman arm puller .Our local O riely sells one for less than $20 ,it was worth EVERY penny. I installed a dropped pitman arm on my 4" lift to keep everything in line ,no binding when flexed, and no wobble .
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You will need a pitman arm puller .Our local O riely sells one for less than $20 ,it was worth EVERY penny. I installed a dropped pitman arm on my 4" lift to keep everything in line ,no binding when flexed, and no wobble .
No this kit does not come with the drop pit arm.
when it come to reinstall it the instructions says:
12. reattach the drag link to the pitarm with the OE tie rod end nut. Torque nut to 65ft-lbs.
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im not sure you need to remove it then.
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i just got an email back from BDS Tech and he says yes u do in order to install the springs. So i guess ill pick up the forks but ill see if i need to or if a little elbow grease will do the trick to get the springs out!
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sometimes, you can get TRE off by putting a BFH on one side of the arm and hitting the opposite side.

the downside to a pickle fork is they tend to tear up the rubber boot.

if youre not putting on a dropped pitman arm, you wont need to remove the pitman arm, just the draglink from it, so you wont need a pitman arm puller.
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Inch sockets not metric to take the bolts out correct?? i know all the new bolts are inch.

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