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Old 10-06-2012, 10:21 AM
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Just installed leveling kit, how to straighten steering wheel?

I just installed a 3 and half-inch ready lift kit. Now my steering wheel is turned 90. Do I need an alignment to straighten it or can I do that myself?
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I just installed a 3 and half-inch ready lift kit. Now my steering wheel is turned 90. Do I need an alignment to straighten it or can I do that myself?
You can straighten the steering wheel yourself by adjusting the drag link (the steering rod that parrallels the track bar). Adjusting the drag link wont affect alignment.

You should get it aligned now that you leveled it. The alignment shop will also re-center your steering wheel as part of the alignment.
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Old 10-06-2012, 06:29 PM
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I plan on getting it aligned after I get new tires on next week some time. In the mean time I want to straighten the wheel. When adjusting the drag link bar, do you loosen all the bolts? I read in a previous thread a while ago that when the wheel is turned to the right which mine is you should lengthen the drag link. Is this correct?
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I plan on getting it aligned after I get new tires on next week some time. In the mean time I want to straighten the wheel. When adjusting the drag link bar, do you loosen all the bolts? I read in a previous thread a while ago that when the wheel is turned to the right which mine is you should lengthen the drag link. Is this correct?
Remove both locking bolts and then rotate the adjuster sleeve. Suggest spraying liberally with PB Blaster or other penetrating oil ahead of time. Might also need to use a torch to heat the sleeve to get it to rotate. Rotate the adjuster sleeve a little and then see which way the steering wheel is moving. Change direction if needed to re-center the wheel.
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Old 10-07-2012, 09:44 AM
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Thanks going to try it this afternoon.
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Whats the drag link? Is it the threaded rod that has a clamp looking thing on it with 2 bolts running through it?
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Also the stud that hold the stock steering stabilizer is seized in the trac bar. I tried beating it out with no luck, any suggestions?
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Lots of penetrant... I would say heat, but not on that piece.
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If one needs to ask what the drag link is, and describes it like that, you should get help before messing with it. No offense, but messing with steering is serious buisiness
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Old 10-07-2012, 04:59 PM
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Steering wheel straightened up, thanks.



Also, I just cut the stabilizer shock off right down at the base of the stud. I'll work on it later its not hurting anything now though
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