Pitman arm to Steering box question
Anyone run into an issue getting the pitman arm to fully mount onto the steering box shaft? I just put in a new steering box and have the corresponding new pitman arm. I lined up the keyed splines correctly. Was able to get the pitman arm onto the output shaft up to about 80% or within an eighth of an inch to the top. But I still see some spline on the shaft exposed (between the bottom of the steering box and the top of the pitman).
The nut and washer are on now. Everything is super tight. But the pitman is definitely not as flush as it should be (when compared to my previous junk box). I've tried using a punch and mini sledge to get the pitman up farther but to no avail. The splines on both were new and oiled with nothing fouling them.
Should I chalk this up to manufacturer tolerance? I'm almost ready to road test it and cringe at attempting to get the new pitman off given how tight it is on there. Everything turns just fine, lock to lock. I haven't fully bled the system but I know from startup and doing a few wheel turns, the pitman is located in the correct position.
Thoughts, suggestions? Trying to button this up before the rally. The clock is ticking.