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Unread 04-24-2013, 11:30 PM   #1
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Drag link alignment opinion photo attached!

Trying to get this thing to quit drifting to the right. It was drifting pretty bad so I put a longer pitman arm on, the drifting is way better but not totally gone. I'm attaching a photo of the drag link, please let me know if y'all would put a little longer pitman arm on. Or any feed back would be great. Thanks

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Unread 04-25-2013, 03:29 AM   #2
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get rid of your track bar and see if that makes any difference. The drag link angle is good.. I wouldnt change anything there. Get rid of the rear bar as well. You dont need either
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Unread 04-25-2013, 03:49 AM   #3
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get rid of your track bar and see if that makes any difference. The drag link angle is good.. I wouldnt change anything there. Get rid of the rear bar as well. You dont need either
I took them off before and it was still drifting, so I put em back on. But I am going to take them off again and see if it helps, but I doubt it though. I put the longer pitman arm (you can see in the pic) and haven't tried it without the track bars yet, so that my next thing.
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Unread 04-25-2013, 05:28 AM   #4
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What is your toe-in set to?
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Unread 04-25-2013, 06:03 AM   #5
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That pitman arm doesn't appear to be seated very deeply. Just an observation.

As for the drifting, yeah, check your toe in, and how are your tie rod ends?
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Don't lower the pitman, raise the other end of the drag link with a JB4x4 bracket.
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Unread 04-25-2013, 11:12 AM   #7
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Your drag link and track bar should run parallel in order to reduce or prevent "bump steer". This will also affect your steering symmetry.

Here is a helpful link from JP Magazine explaining this;

http://www.jpmagazine.com/techarticl.../photo_11.html
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Unread 04-25-2013, 11:19 AM   #8
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Wildly guessing, in no particualr order:

toe in
loose parts
caster angle (do you have long shackles?)
uneven air pressure or tires
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Unread 04-25-2013, 01:37 PM   #9
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Kill the track bar or add a bracket to correct the angle with the drag link. An axle which is not centered will cause a drift.
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randall979,
Measure from front to rear axle, you might have sheared the center pin on the spring pack and the axle might have shifted by a slight amount. I would take it to a alignment shop and check caster camber and toe.
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Unread 04-25-2013, 09:30 PM   #11
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That pitman arm doesn't appear to be seated very deeply. Just an observation.

As for the drifting, yeah, check your toe in, and how are your tie rod ends?
Toe is good and tie rod is good.
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Unread 04-25-2013, 09:32 PM   #12
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Your drag link and track bar should run parallel in order to reduce or prevent "bump steer". This will also affect your steering symmetry.

Here is a helpful link from JP Magazine explaining this;

http://www.jpmagazine.com/techarticl.../photo_11.html
This is good, I'm removing the track bars though.
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Unread 04-25-2013, 09:34 PM   #13
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Wildly guessing, in no particualr order:

toe in
loose parts
caster angle (do you have long shackles?)
uneven air pressure or tires
It was aligned everything is tight, caster is at 8* and the tires were checked and rotated at the alignment shop.
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Unread 04-25-2013, 09:37 PM   #14
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randall979,
Measure from front to rear axle, you might have sheared the center pin on the spring pack and the axle might have shifted by a slight amount. I would take it to a alignment shop and check caster camber and toe.
It only a slight drift. There is only one adjustment, the toe. I had it aligned a month ago or so.
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