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Old 06-07-2012, 06:59 PM
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Cant get my drag link loose from the pitman

I am putting in my Zone 2.5 leveling kit and it says to drop the drag link from the pitman arm. I cant get it loose...I dont have a pickle fork.

My question is, has anyone put them in without seperating the drag link, or should I get me a fork to split it?

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Old 06-07-2012, 07:03 PM
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Hmmmm. You shouldnt need to remove the pitman arm. Most 2.5" lifts use an adjustable track bar. Did your kit come with a drop pitman arm and trackbar bracket instead? If it uses an adjustable trackbar, you dont need to separate the pitman/draglink.
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This kit came with an adjustable track bar. I am no expert, but it didnt look like I needed to drop it, but the directions said to. I guess I will try it without splitting it.

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In the future if you intend on bolting the joint back up, not new parts, get a puller from harbor freight for $10. Pickle forks tend to ruin the rubber boot.
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Pickle forks don't tend to run the rubber boots, they ALWAYS ruin the rubber boots.
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smack the metal part of the drag ling where it connects to the pitman arm with a hammer. use another hammer behind it. just hold that one there.

Works good for most steering parts w/o ruining the boots

*edit, to clarify, hammer on either side, swinging just one.
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Old 06-08-2012, 07:05 AM
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smack the metal part of the drag ling where it connects to the pitman arm with a hammer. use another hammer behind it. just hold that one there.

Works good for most steering parts w/o ruining the boots

*edit, to clarify, hammer on either side, swinging just one.

Oh I tried that! Then I graduated to a bar down thru the engine bay with a mall on the draglink....that baby is stuck! I may just invest in a puller and/or fork anyway. Thank you for all the replys guys. Now out to the driveway I go.

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Old 06-09-2012, 03:11 AM
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Use the hammer to hit it on the side of the joint not on the end. Makes a big difference.
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