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Old 03-25-2011, 07:56 AM   #1
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installing 3" lift have question about pittman arm

I am in the process of installing the Zone 3" suspension lift and the instructions state to remove the drag link from the pittman arm. So far I have loosened the top nut but do not have enough room to strike it to drop the drag link.

Is it necessary to remove the drag link and then re-install it later or can I leave the top nut loose and after the installation of the kit just tighten it back up?

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Old 03-25-2011, 09:10 AM   #2
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Actually, you need to leave the stock Pitman arm installed. Yes, do not installed any kind of a dropped Pitman arm. Older Jeeps needed dropped Pitman arms but '97 and newer TJs have a better steering geometry design and do not require a dropped Pitman arm.

In fact, installing it would cause Bump Steer, a problem you don't want where the steering is "bumped" left/right as you drive over bumps/dips in the road.

The only time you want a dropped Pitman arm with the TJ's steering system is if the driver's side track bar has had its mount replaced with an aftermarket dropped track bar mount.

It goes like this for a '97 or newer TJ...

-When you have an aftermarket dropped upper track bar mount, you need a dropped Pitman arm. Dropped goes with dropped, they must match.
-When the upper track bar mount is not dropped, neither can the Pitman arm be dropped. Undropped must go with undropped, they must match.

You can't mix dropped and undropped where the trackbar and Pitman arm are concerned.

And I don't care if the kit came with a dropped Pitman arm. Put that dropped Pitman arm in a Craiglist or eBay ad and make a little $$$ on it.

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Old 03-25-2011, 09:31 AM   #3
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It did not come with a dropped pittman arm but rather it suggests disconnecting the steering rod from the pittman arm during installation and then reattaching it when complete.

Do you know if this necessary or can I just leave it connected?
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Old 03-25-2011, 09:45 AM   #4
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They probably suggest disconnecting it so the steering linkage doesn't bind when lowering the axle beyond it's normal operating range to swap the springs. Where are you trying to strike it? If you give the side of the pitman arm where the tie rod end goes through a good smack with a hammer it should pop out, if not you'll need a tie rod puller. Just don't hit the threaded shaft or you won't be able to get the nut back on it.
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Old 03-25-2011, 10:24 AM   #5
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You can over look that part there is no need to do that . I've put a few 4in and a few 3in kits on tj's and never took that apart .

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Old 03-25-2011, 10:31 AM   #6
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You don't need to disconnect the draglink from the pitman arm. heck, I swapped in a HP D30 and have had my front springs out multiple times. never disconnected the draglink from the pitman arm.

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