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Unread 04-16-2013, 07:10 PM   #1
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Zj 1 ton steering?'s

Im building my hp30. It'll have WJ brakes and Knuckles. From what Ive read, this kit will work. right?

http://www.ruffstuffspecialties.com/...g/XOGMSTE.html

Ill have to ream out the knuckles to make em fit, Ive never done this, what size bit/reamer do I need? Is it tough to do?

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Unread 04-16-2013, 08:00 PM   #2
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The knuckles ream out pretty easy but you should check with the vendor to see what you should use. How does that kit mount to the axle and drag link?
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Wj knuckles have an extra.. "post" if you will, for the draglink to hook into. I plan on flipping up the Tr on top of the knuckles if that makes sense?
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The WJ TREs are almost the size of one tons. Cant remember where I saw the photo, but they are much bigger. Its not necessary really. The WJ TRES are still a big upgrade.
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So these links and ends will work out good in those wj knuckles then eh?

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The WJ TREs are almost the size of one tons. Cant remember where I saw the photo, but they are much bigger. Its not necessary really. The WJ TRES are still a big upgrade.
the post isn't nearly the size of the ones on the chevy 3/4 ton steering stuff. the chevy stuff is about 1/3 larger.

use the offset tie rod ends. have you done anything about putting your track bar above the axle to match the drag link?
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the post isn't nearly the size of the ones on the chevy 3/4 ton steering stuff. the chevy stuff is about 1/3 larger.

use the offset tie rod ends. have you done anything about putting your track bar above the axle to match the drag link?
No, I want to know though. I plan on those offset TRE's and those angled DL ends.

Ive heard ill prolly have to move my sway link perches a bit. Tell me some more about that Track bar placement. Pics?


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email Nick at Kolak@aol.com, he can point you in the right direction. JKS sells a relocation bracket, sway bar links, and spacers for this swap.
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Trackbar and draglink need to be parallel and the same length. Easy way to do this, if your not moving the frameside track bar bracket (and I assume you don't plan on moving the steering box) is to look at the axle from the front, and see where the frameside mounts are. Say the trackbar mount is 2" lower and 4" to the drivers side of the vehicle away from the drag link. You mount your drag link on the wj knuckle. Now go from that point 2" down and 4" over is where your trackbar should mount.
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use the offset TREs.
plan on OTA track bar.
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Talked to Stephen from RuffStuff. He said use a 1/2"-1" reaming bit. OR drill the knuckles to 7/8" and use their inserts. I may do that cause Im sure the inserts are cheaper than the bit would be. Does anyone know if the inserts would be any stronger/weaker than just reaming them out?
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email Nick at Kolak@aol.com, he can point you in the right direction. JKS sells a relocation bracket, sway bar links, and spacers for this swap.
Got my spacers from homeboy already along with my balljoints and upper CA bushings.

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Trackbar and draglink need to be parallel and the same length. Easy way to do this, if your not moving the frameside track bar bracket (and I assume you don't plan on moving the steering box) is to look at the axle from the front, and see where the frameside mounts are. Say the trackbar mount is 2" lower and 4" to the drivers side of the vehicle away from the drag link. You mount your drag link on the wj knuckle. Now go from that point 2" down and 4" over is where your trackbar should mount.
Cool man. I need to get some of this axle built first and then get to that TB bracket. Im trying to get all my parts. Ill prolly fab up a bracket. Thanks for the input bro
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What should I do for a pitman arm. Ive got a drop arm now. Ive heard some say I dont really need one though? Do I drill the hole bigger in that too and drop an insert for my draglink?
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AND...

Does anyone know the tread size on those gm tre's? The steel place down the road had DOM tubing. I have some bigger taps that may work if I knew the thread. I may just get the ends from RS if I can get this tubing for cheaper here in Denver.

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those weld in inserts are garbage. i have them and do not recommend them.

i would use a stock pitman arm with a high misalignment 1 ton TRE

isnt the thread specs listed on ruffstuff? i think they are 7/8" 28tip. i would run 1.5"OD .25 wall dom with the weld in tube adapters ruffstuff sells for that. check pricing on the dom first. it was cheaper for me to order the entire kit from ruffstuff, than buy the TREs from them and DOM local. they are 17$ flat rate shipping on DOM.
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