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Old July 14th, 2005, 11:32 PM
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Drop arm!

I just installed a new steering box and it's time to install the drop arm so I can but the front links together. Are there any tricks to install the drop arm; is there a special tool I should buy/rent?
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Old July 14th, 2005, 11:33 PM
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Ah no. Getting them off is tough though.
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Old July 15th, 2005, 09:23 AM
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stock box?
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Old July 15th, 2005, 12:35 PM
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You don't need any tools to put it on, but if you need to get one off, go to Kragen and rent a pitman puller. Should be free and helps a lot. Other than that, piece of cake.
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Old July 15th, 2005, 12:44 PM
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I have the puller and I took the drop arm off the old box w/o a problem, but trying to put the arm back on the new box and I'm having hard time with that.

Yes Tis, a stock box.
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Old July 15th, 2005, 01:01 PM
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Yousef, what kind of trouble? I put a new arm on a few yrs back and the paint on the splines made starting it on a little hard. Are the splines the same? JP
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I'm sure you are aware that there are grooves on the steering shaft and on the pitman arm... and every 1/4 turn has a "key".

Maybe it's not aligned correctly.

I've attached a pic of my setup and you can barely see the key or notch on steering shaft. BTW, I run a D90 pitman arm on my Disco.
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I am not sure why it would be hard, unless something is odd somehow. John is right, there are keys. When I put the Ford Pitman arm on mine I had to machine 4 notches to have it accept the thread, but stock to stock should be very easy.
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Old July 19th, 2005, 05:47 PM
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Ok, it's in. Here comes the next stupid question. How do you bleed the system? Would brake bleeder do the job?
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Just get in, fill it up, turn the wheel all over the place, fill up again, then have a beer. It's been my experience that the steering self bleeds.
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