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Old 11-15-2011, 08:29 AM   #1
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Most dropped pitman arm?

Looking to find out what the longest dropped pitman arm available is? Looking for one thats a little bit longer than the one i have now, although i already have a basic dropped pitman arm...but the angle of my steering is a little steep for my liking.

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Old 11-15-2011, 08:39 AM   #2
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What kind of lift do you have that warrants even using a drop pitman arm?

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Old 11-15-2011, 08:41 AM   #3
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what kind of lift do you have that warrants even using a drop pitman arm?
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Old 11-15-2011, 08:43 AM   #4
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Old 11-15-2011, 08:44 AM   #5
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Just by looking in the pictures in your Jeep profile you are already below being parallel with the track bar. They need to be about the same length and at the same angle to be ideal and prevent bump steer.
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By looking at the same picture it looks like the drag link is just at slightly more of an angle than the track bar.......
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It is hard to tell from pictures. I would suggest grabbing some kind of straight edge tool and checking angle from bolt to bolt on both parts and see what you come up with. Just keep in mind they should be as close to the same angle as possible. Length you may not be able to do anything with without really getting in to it, cutting and welding...
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Old 11-15-2011, 08:54 AM   #8
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So even though, wouldnt it be better to reduce the angle of the drag link? When i turn and look at the bushing at the bottom of the pitman arm/top of drag link, it looks like a lot of torque would be being put on that joint, instead of a more straight line kind of force.
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Old 11-15-2011, 08:55 AM   #9
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A 6" lift does not usually need a dropped Pitman arm and indeed, they normally do not. A good picture of the upper end of your track bar would be good to see, as well as a good sharp photo of your front end that shows the drag link and track bar would be useful.

Installing a dropped Pitman arm when it is not required, or having too much drop, will always end up in a problem called bump steer.
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So even though, wouldnt it be better to reduce the angle of the drag link? .
The track bar and drag link must be parallel to each other, what their specific individual angles are is inconsequential. The below illustration shows how to check for that since the drag link and track bar may not be literally parallel when they are actually parallel. It is the lines between their connect/pivot points that must be parallel as shown below.

Notice the red line below is not following the track bar itself, it is showing the track bar's true "effective" angle which is that when a line is connected between its two connection (pivot) points.
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Right now i have a little bit of bump steer...but only when a hit a pothole hard....iremoved my wheel spacers and it helped a significant amount...usually steering is fine
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Ill take a clear picture of my front end in a few hours
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Old 11-15-2011, 02:06 PM   #13
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Put on the stock pitman arm. Only run a dropped pitman arm if u have dropped the track bar bracket at the frame.
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Your steering isn't fine. The pivot/mounting points of your track bar and drag link need to be parallel. If you've got a DPA (and since you have bump steer), they are not. Lowering it more will just magnify the bump steer issue. Your steering is at too high of an angle because your suspension is too freakin tall. Come back down to earth a bit and set your junk up right.

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