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Old 09-22-2011, 05:15 PM
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Just changed drag link... adjustment?

The ball joint boot on my drag link (at the pitman arm end) was torn so I had to replace my whole drag link tonight.

I made a mark on the threads of the old one before removing it and matched that distance up with the threads on the new drag link. I have three questions:

#1: The "lock bracket" (?) that stops the drag link from rotating had to be reoriented in order for it to line up with the new drag link's collar piece. Is that a problem to have it not be parallel with the other end of the adjustment sleeve? I can't see why it would be, but I figured I'd ask. I may have to take a picture to fully explain that, so let me know if that is poorly described.

#2: I don't know if it's my imagination but the steering seems to have a small dead spot right in the middle now. The steering wheel is 100% straight, but it feels like the steering is "loose" right in the middle until you turn the wheel a degree or so. The steering box is brand new and I didn't notice this with the old drag link... Am I just imaging this or is it possible to get a little play if the link isn't EXACTLY the right length?

#3: Do I need an alignment? Being that I didn't mess with the tie rod stuff at all, I can't see why I would, but I just want to make sure... Is there any need to have a tire/alignment shop look at it at all after a drag link swap?

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Old 09-22-2011, 07:47 PM
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Whenever you change parts in the front end, get an alignment.

Get a buddy to sit in the truck and wiggle the steering wheel back and forth firmly, while you lie on the ground looking at the various steering parts to see if there is any obvious freeplay.
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