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Old April 3rd, 2006, 08:02 PM
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I have tried in vain to remove my steering wheel to straighten but it will not come off. Is their a way I can adjust a suspension part to manually straighten it without removing it? I am not overly mechanical but it seems to me you could undo the steering rod and straighten then put back together. Am I crazy?
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Old April 3rd, 2006, 08:08 PM
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I have tried in vain to remove my steering wheel to straighten but it will not come off. Is their a way I can adjust a suspension part to manually straighten it without removing it? I am not overly mechanical but it seems to me you could undo the steering rod and straighten then put back together. Am I crazy?
You can turn the steering rod to adjust the steering wheel but you might screw up the alignment.

Why is your steering wheel off? Did you just lift the 90? Did you have any front end work done on it?
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Old April 3rd, 2006, 08:42 PM
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john - not sure why it's off, I have not found any evidence of any other issues with alignment and it tracks straight as an arrow so I am not sure what is going on. It was in an accident so it could have been bent at the wheel which might explain why it won't come off.
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Old April 3rd, 2006, 08:45 PM
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Get a steering wheel puller from a parts store, but you might have to then go get extra long bolts that match your steering wheel's threads.

Anyone know off hand the thread size?

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Michael I would take a gander under the front of your 90, chances are the Drag Link is bent and that is the reason the steering is off! If it is bent only a little no big deal, but if it is bent allot you may want to pull it off and bend it to as straight as you can get it.
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Old April 4th, 2006, 08:52 AM
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Mike is correct. And if you adjust this, it will not screw up your alignment at all. The drag link is used to adjust your steering wheel and steering box in conjunction with the axle..... Don't remove the wheel to adjust. Adjust the link. It prob. got a little bent from hitting something. If you wheel your truck, you are better off picking up a HD one from Rover Tracks or somewhere and replacing it. THen you will never worry about it again. They are not really expensive. While you are at it, you can replace the joints on either end and be done with it. Good preventative maint. that can be done with simple hand tools.
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Good preventative maint. that can be done with simple hand tools.

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Old April 4th, 2006, 09:52 AM
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Actually, there is a "true center" for the drop arm/steering box (although for the typically small adjustments to the drag link for steering wheel alignment, this affect should be negligible, although if it is a bit off, it can affect the alignment). If I was fiddling about anyways, I would check it out, especially if I am dropping the drag link anyways. The easiest way I know of to find true center is to first get the truck to track straight ahead, then drop the link at one end or the other, turn the steering wheel full lock to the right and then from there turn it back exactly two revolutions to the left. This should be dead center. Adjust the drag link to correctly align back onto the drop arm without changing the front wheel positions. From there, check to see how your steering wheel position looks. Take off the steering wheel (I use a puller), get it as close to centered as possible, then adjust the drag link to dial it in.
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Old April 4th, 2006, 09:54 AM
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Good preventative maint. that can be done with simple hand tools.

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Umm I think I remember yours taking more then a few simple hand tools to get off! I seem to remember something about breaking a ball joint fork or at least bending the end of it pretty badly. But then again it was about 3 degrees Kelvin out so I think time was slowing down or something.
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