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Old 04-23-2013, 07:23 AM   #1
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Pitman arm retaining nut stripped. Help!

I stripped the pitman arm retaining nut on my 91 Yj after installing a drop pitman arm.

Looked all over the place, major parts stores, smaller specialty stores, junkyards in my area. Cant find a replacement.

Can any one recommend where i can find one? Narnia maybe?

Or maybe someone knows the inner diameter and thread type, so i can order something from fastenal that will fit?

I know it takes a 33mm socket to take it off, not looking for that.

Thanks in advance

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Old 04-23-2013, 07:47 AM   #2
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That is no big deal. First try a thread restorer. I imagine someone makes one in the size you need. I am also guessing you did not strip the entire thing, but crossthreaded the first few threads. If that is the case and you dont want to pay for a restorer nut, then just get a small file kit. You can use those to make the threads like new. Worst case scenario is to re thread it. It does not need to be the same size and long as it covered the pitman arm sides to stop it from falling off. You should get a new nut though.

If you are not able to do any of that you should look into a Dakota Steering box., It will be the same price and amount of work as the overhaul kit you would need to rebuild the steering box. That is the only way I know of you will get that part.

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Sounds like a 1 & 5/16" nut based on this thread: http://www.wranglerforum.com/f8/stee...ut-177648.html I believe its called a Castle Nut. Call some local parts stores and ask for a 1 & 5/16" Castle Nut.

Even w/that, I would take the nut to the auto parts store w/you.
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Old 04-23-2013, 08:17 AM   #4
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. You should get a new nut though.
yeah, thats what im trying todo. the old nut is completely stripped, shot, not gonna be able to fix it. thats why I am asking if anyone knows the size

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Sounds like a 1 & 5/16" nut based on this thread: http://www.wranglerforum.com/f8/stee...ut-177648.html I believe its called a Castle Nut. Call some local parts stores and ask for a 1 & 5/16" Castle Nut.
1& 5/16 is the outside size of the nut. IDK if that will help me when im trying to find a nut that fits the sector shaft of the sterring box.

the nut that was on there was not a castle nut. there was a castle not on the other end of the pitman arm, but not the sector shaft side.
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I guess I should drink my coffee before commenting on posts. I thought it was something complicated. LOL

Just get one out of a junkyard or contact someone parting out a jeep on craigslist. McMaster Car or Grainger will have them too.
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After work I can get my thread measuring tools and measure it for you unless someone else answers it first.
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After work I can get my thread measuring tools and measure it for you unless someone else answers it first.
I'm sorry, but I can't find my thread gauges. I just moved, so they are around here somewhere...
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if you have a jeep dealer near you go there, thats where I found a replacement after I cut mine off
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tigerblood is right on,if all else fails your dealer can get it...russ
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Old 04-24-2013, 12:59 PM   #10
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Yeah I had the same problem and got one from dealer for less than $5.

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