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post #16 of 36 Old 04-22-2013, 09:04 AM
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1 5/16" or a 34mm.

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1 5/16" or a 34mm.
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If the reason to get the 15+ yr old pitman off is to put on a new one, I wouldn't hesitate to take an angle grinder w/cutoff to the pitman and put a slit in it to pop it open.

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If the reason to get the 15+ yr old pitman off is to put on a new one, I wouldn't hesitate to take an angle grinder w/cutoff to the pitman and put a slit in it to pop it open.
This.

If you're replacing it anyway, it's not worth the aggravation fighting with it.

Notch it 90% of the way on one side, and if it doesn't go, notch it on another side. Give it a few taps and it should just pop apart on you.

Way quicker, way easier.

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post #20 of 36 Old 04-22-2013, 11:36 AM Thread Starter
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not to hi-jack but, my pitman arm needs to be removed so I can install the dropped arm that came with my lift...I don't have the correct size socket, anybody know what size the nut is?

I don't really want to use my big pipe wrench on it
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post #21 of 36 Old 04-22-2013, 04:59 PM
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Stop screwing around and cut it off with a 4" angle grinder. You cut almost all the way through what is called a relief cut and then put the puller back on. It is difficult at best to cut all the way through without cutting into the steering box output shaft So you stop short the puller will exert enough pressure to use the cut for relief and then it comes off.

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This.

If you're replacing it anyway, it's not worth the aggravation fighting with it.

Notch it 90% of the way on one side, and if it doesn't go, notch it on another side. Give it a few taps and it should just pop apart on you.

Way quicker, way easier.
I had to do this to mine to get it off.

I feel your pain.
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post #23 of 36 Old 04-22-2013, 05:38 PM
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I broke a puller from harbor freight when i did mine, rented the 4wd one from autozone and that did the trick.
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post #24 of 36 Old 04-22-2013, 05:40 PM
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I soaked mine with Kroil every day for a few weeks and put on the puller. A sharp rap with the hammer and it popped.

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When I had to replace my gear box, I couldn't get mine off either. I swear I beat on it for over an hour and PBed it to hell and back again. Finally gave in and called my mechanic buddy. He came by with a 3lb and 5lb mini sledge. Literally three big whacks later he had it off. I told him I loosed it for him. LOL

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If the reason to get the 15+ yr old pitman off is to put on a new one, I wouldn't hesitate to take an angle grinder w/cutoff to the pitman and put a slit in it to pop it open.
This. I would STRONGLY advise this.


Don't be afraid to apply heat and cold. I'm not saying a fire extinguisher gets REALLY cold when applied properly to parts, but my pitman arm literally popped right off when covered in a little white powder.

Hot and cold do different things to steel. Just saying.

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I like to put a puller on it and put some good pressure on it, I've got a nice 5 foot spud bar/ straight crowbar, that I thread down between the radiator and grill, from the top (under the hood) and rap on the pitmen arm as close to the splines as space allows. I live in the salt belt and this method has worked great.
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post #28 of 36 Old 04-23-2013, 03:39 AM Thread Starter
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You must have gotten the cheaper pitman arm puller. I rented the heavy duty from Autozone and I would be very surprised if you broke it. It was around $90 for renting but well worth it. See pic.

Of course I've used the other one like fratis said with good results.
This worked. It was 90$ to rent but well worth it. I did cut into it with the sawsall I think that helped too. And the drifting problem is a lot better too. Now to get the drag link adjusted......
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post #29 of 36 Old 04-23-2013, 04:46 AM
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I cut slit in mine to actually like a v notch out of it came of easy after that
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post #30 of 36 Old 04-23-2013, 07:28 AM
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This worked. It was 90$ to rent but well worth it. I did cut into it with the sawsall I think that helped too. And the drifting problem is a lot better too. Now to get the drag link adjusted......
What? A $90 rent is 'well worth it'? If all you had was a sawsall you could have bought an angle grinder and a dozen cutoff wheels for that and had change left over, and a great tool for the future when done.

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