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Old 10-07-2010, 08:13 AM   #1
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pitman arm

My buddy just bought a lifted jeep and we are going to replace the whole front end. 2001 4.0 4 inch lift on the usual 33's. I am wondering if it has the right pitman arm on it. Can anybody post pictures of a stock one vs 4inch drop and maybe suggest a place to purchase a new on please?

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Old 10-07-2010, 09:44 AM   #2
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You need the stock one unless you use a drop kit for the track bar.

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Old 10-07-2010, 09:49 AM   #3
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'02 Stock Pitman arm. I'm running OME 2.5 suspension lift. Tape is there for reference.
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Old 10-07-2010, 10:51 AM   #4
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Here ya go... and as above, do not install a dropped Pitman arm unless the upper driver's side trackbar mount has also been dropped via an aftermarket mounting bracket. Few are which means few TJs should have dropped Pitman arms installed. Having a dropped Pitman arm on a TJ when one should not be there will invariably cause a steering problem known as "bump steer". Which means the steering is forced left/right... often violently... as the front end moves up/down over bumps or dips on the road or trail.
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Old 10-07-2010, 11:12 AM   #5
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looks like we will be leaving the stock one on. where is the best place for a more heavy duty replacement one?
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Old 10-07-2010, 11:17 AM   #6
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The OE (factory) Pitman arm is plenty heavy-duty as is, no need for anything beefier. No one even make a heavier-duty version of the TJ's Pitman arm, at least not that I am aware of.
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Old 10-07-2010, 11:27 AM   #7
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so what would be a good indication as why the steering wheel is cocked besides a good alignment?
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The steering wheel gets cocked for three different reasons... a suspension lift has been installed which throws it off, the toe-in was adjusted which also throws it off, or the tie rod or drag link was bent.

Assuming that one of the first two possibilities is the reason it is cocked, you can easily straighten it by adjusting the drag link's length via its 5" long adjusting link. If the steering wheel is turned too far to the right as you drive straight, the drag link is a tad too short, make it slightly longer by rotating the adjustment link on the drag link a tad. And visa-versa.
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