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drag link and trac bar binding

ok so i just put my new Zone offroad 4" lift on my 2003 excursion, heres my problem, when i took it in for an alignment; they could align the vehicle but once it was aligned the steering was two and a half turns to the left lock, and about 1.5 turns to the right lock. we looked at it when the wheels are turned to the right the drag link is binding on the new trac bar.since the lift obviously changed the steering geometry, what should i do to alievate the binding. just an fyi the drag link does have a slight bend at the threads from the previous owner attempting something stupid im sure. the shop said that it may be binding because of that bend, or because the stock pitman arm does not step down enough. but if i get a pitman arm designed for a 4" lift ; it will make my trac bar and drag link not parralell and not in plane with each other- which is not good right? the other option would be to get a straighter drag link with out the bend in the thread section.

before i installed the lift the ex was aligned and the trac bar and drag link were parralell ; and after the lift the relationship didnt change.

so should i get the pitman arm designed for a 4" lift even if it will slightly change the relationship between the trac bar and drag link. i dont know what to do here in order to get my vehicle aligned like it was or close to the was before the lift. PLEASE HELP
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You should have a drop trac bar bracket and drop pitman arm with the kit no?

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im pretty sure with that kit you have to order those parts separately. its how they make their kit look cheaper than it really is


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Take a picture dude! The draglink and Trac bar should be parallel to each other. If not you will experience bump steer.

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A 4" kit should come with a drop trackbar bracket and pitman arm. On the newer trucks you can get by with just an adjustable trackbar.

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