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Unread 08-22-2011, 07:49 PM   #181
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Cut up a pitman arm last night, tacked it together today and it looks like I am getting a heck of a lot closer to a working high steer

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Unread 08-22-2011, 09:12 PM   #182
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I have been thinking about flattening mine out. Got any Ideas how? I know to use a press. But what about cooling it after heating with a torch?
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Unread 08-22-2011, 10:23 PM   #183
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I have been thinking about flattening mine out. Got any Ideas how? I know to use a press. But what about cooling it after heating with a torch?
Heat with a torch and use the press

Do not!! Do not ever cool it after heating. It is cast and will become very brittle and snap without warning. Just let it cool on it's own and it will be good to go

I just recently helped do this exact thing on a rig. Flatten out the pitman arm for more up travel with out hitting the tie rod
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Unread 08-23-2011, 07:24 AM   #184
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Going to make a pitman arm out of 3/4 flatbar
This is my mockup, I had a bend and twisted pitman arm already. You could try a cj7 one which is flat

Anyway this one I tacked together to check for clearance, it solves pretty much my clearance problems. Will flex and check every7thing today and then built all the final parts



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Unread 08-23-2011, 07:27 AM   #185
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Heat with a torch and use the press

Do not!! Do not ever cool it after heating. It is cast and will become very brittle and snap without warning. Just let it cool on it's own and it will be good to go

I just recently helped do this exact thing on a rig. Flatten out the pitman arm for more up travel with out hitting the tie rod
heat and air cool or stick it in kitty litter or dry sand to let it cool slowly to keep it from crystalizing
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Unread 08-23-2011, 05:34 PM   #186
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Well it looks like I am pretty darn close to fitting 10 pounds of crap in a 2 pound can. Going to get some steel tomorrow and built me a sweet pitman arm







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Unread 08-23-2011, 09:47 PM   #187
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dayom, that's up there! Nice work buddy.
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Unread 08-24-2011, 07:20 AM   #188
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Yup getting tired of those darn rocks jumping up and bending my tierod.
Hammer season is coming up and I want to wheel not wrench
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Unread 08-24-2011, 10:51 AM   #189
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Heat with a torch and use the press

Do not!! Do not ever cool it after heating. It is cast and will become very brittle and snap without warning. Just let it cool on it's own and it will be good to go

I just recently helped do this exact thing on a rig. Flatten out the pitman arm for more up travel with out hitting the tie rod
Um, no. The pitman arm is forged hi-carbon steel if you look closely at it. Notice how wide the "seam" is along the sides of it. Either way, its a bad idea in my book to mod any pitman arm. Safety issues.
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Unread 08-24-2011, 04:32 PM   #190
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It's a trail Jeep, I take a good custom pitman arm over a drop down one any day seen those break. Had to weld one of those a few months ago, so my friends could get of the trail and back to Vegas
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Unread 08-25-2011, 07:30 PM   #191
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Did some more chipping away at my pitman arm project, finished turning the splined hub, and cut the blank for the arm out of a big hunk of 1" steel plate. Once I clean that up some more I'll bore a hole through the plate, that is about 14 degrees of center to give it the twist I want. Going to do that by cutting a piece of pipe at an angle and then tacking it to the back of the blank so I can bore it on my little lathe.

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Unread 08-25-2011, 09:39 PM   #192
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^^Thats a heck of an idea!
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Unread 08-26-2011, 07:32 PM   #193
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Still chipping away







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Unread 08-31-2011, 07:10 PM   #194
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The good, the bad and the happy

Got a working pitman arm made , that's good, the draglink and track bar line up pretty darn close to perfect, happy about that. The tierod needs to come down about 1/2" to 3/4", kinda bad, but still close to 2" higher then before I took the front end apart. The happy, it'll work, getting some steel tomorrow and have a long weekend coming up so hope to get close to being finished with it.
A 6-7" front end stretch with less than 5" lift and 14" coilovers with 6" uptravel, makes packaging the whole shebang a pretty hard chore





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Unread 08-31-2011, 09:19 PM   #195
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Man you really packed that in there. Looks great.
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