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Old March 23rd, 2006, 02:43 PM
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OK, so after I finally have the tire issue out of the way ( had the steering stop moved ).
I was told that the pitman arm and drag link would probably have to be replaced in the near future.
They are not bend or warped, but have a lot of weather rotting / dry rotting going on and a lot of movement!?
Is there a way to just replace the bushings ( seals, rubber parts ) or do I have to get a new arm and link !?
If I have to replace this, are there any upgrade options !?( mide as well go all out, right )
Thanks, again for everyone's help.. Christine
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Old March 23rd, 2006, 03:44 PM
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hey Christine, You can always upgrade! But you can bye all the parts you need to rebuild them from DAP, although you need a press to rebuild some of the parts, or any good shop can do the work.

As far as upgrade, you can upgrade the drag link with a heavy duty unit that is less likely to bend if it gets hit. the draw back, heavy duty stuff will only bend back with a 20 ton press, while a stock bar can be removed and bent nearly straight on the trail. I doubt that the drag link bar itself is rotted, but the bushings most likely are. It would be a good idea to replace the pan-hard rod bushings, both ends on the drag link and the tie rod ends all at the same time. I think DAP sells a kit to do most of that.
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Old March 23rd, 2006, 04:41 PM
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Ditto , thanks mike...
Just got off the phone with DAP and ordered all the parts needed....
guess I jumped the gun, however, I would like to get some belly protection..

Any insight on that subject would be grant
Thanks....Christine
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Mine needs the same thing, the tie rod ends and drop arm joint need to be rebuilt. I plan on doing mine when it warms up a bit more. If you do it yourself, or get a shop to do it, either way it's a good idea to have a front end alignment at the same time.

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