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post #1 of 22 Old 08-02-2014, 12:41 AM Thread Starter
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Drag Link/Spring Interference

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I used the search function and wasn't able to find anyone with a similar set up to mine with this problem. I just did a shackle reversal. I needed to then correct the pinion and caster angle. While I had the axle out I finished my regear. (I had already done the rear and was waiting for $$$ to do the front). When I bolted the axle up, after correcting the angles, and lengthening the driveline, the drag link is waayyyyy too close to the spring. Upon steering full left it rubs the passenger spring. I run a jb4x4 raised steering bracket. Also, I am in a bind as I leave for college in less than a week so I need a quick fix. What can I do? Pics below.






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post #2 of 22 Old 08-02-2014, 06:51 AM
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Your spring perches are way too tall.

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I got those from blue torch. They aren't much taller than the ones I pulled off. They are taller though. It might be to late for me to switch now though. Maybe I can change the pitman arm?
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you need to fix the spring mounts. if you raise the drag link you will probably start having bump steer.


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Should I just try and round these out? So they sit lower? So a pitman arm from an astro won't do the trick?
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Sometimes pics to me are a little hard to tell, but does it hav a dropped pitman arm on it now. It looks like it to me,.
Maybe a stock one would help get you back up high enough off the spring pack.. But plan on lowering those perches... You want them almost to point of allowing the center pin to touch the axle.
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Yeah its a drop pitman. Where's the fastest easiest place for stock pitman arm?
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Yeah its a drop pitman. Where's the fastest easiest place for stock pitman arm?
Call around 4x4 shops they may have one from a lift install or U pull it yard.. Been a whiles since I messed with the pitman arm but cherokee has less drop than what you got and easier to find.

And dont worry what others think or say. things happen and working around them makes you smarter. Maybe your set up is not what I would have done, but it may be perfect for your needs..
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Call around 4x4 shops they may have one from a lift install or U pull it yard.. Been a whiles since I messed with the pitman arm but cherokee has less drop than what you got and easier to find.

And dont worry what others think or say. things happen and working around them makes you smarter. Maybe your set up is not what I would have done, but it may be perfect for your needs..
Thanks. I'll look at my j yard today and might just cut the perxhes lower or both.
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You need to change your spring perches. Or at least cut them down.

A factory pitman arm or a pitman arm with less drop might fix your binding problem but it could cause you other problems. Just do it right.

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At least he got rid of the lift blocks.

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Yeah that was ages ago. Came with the jeep. Been trying to fix things since. Cutting perches as we speak
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Glad you got it worked out.
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