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Unread 06-05-2011, 10:46 PM   #1
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Steering for 5" front stretch

I have moved my front axle forward 5" with some custom Alcan springs, and I am having some trouble figuring out how to set up my steering. I do not want to go full hydro since I will be driving this rig on the road fairly often. I don't think the astro van box will work since i am only 5" forward. Does anybody have any ideas for me? Thanks

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Unread 06-06-2011, 08:39 AM   #2
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Astro box will work, but you could also sleeve the frame with DOM and move the stock box forward and extend the steering shaft. You could also mount a scout box outside the frame and use a wagoneer pitman arm, sleeving the frame of course.
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Unread 06-06-2011, 09:31 AM   #3
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Astro box will work, but you could also sleeve the frame with DOM and move the stock box forward and extend the steering shaft. You could also mount a scout box outside the frame and use a wagoneer pitman arm, sleeving the frame of course.
So an Astro box will work with only 5" of stretch? I thought you had to go 7 or more inches?
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Unread 06-06-2011, 03:22 PM   #4
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Run your draglink to the top and use the front hole. It will be angled back, but will work fine. Grab a shorter YJ pitman arm or one that will work if you want to tuck it back more. I used a waggy arm on my scout box since the scout arm is like 14" long vs the 7-8" for the waggy arm.
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Unread 06-06-2011, 03:30 PM   #5
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Run your draglink to the top and use the front hole. It will be angled back, but will work fine. Grab a shorter YJ pitman arm or one that will work if you want to tuck it back more. I used a waggy arm on my scout box since the scout arm is like 14" long vs the 7-8" for the waggy arm.
So you are suggesting I use a astro box with a shorter pitman arm, attach the drag link to a high steer arm on the passenger nuckle and then have the tie rod in the stock location? Do you have any pics of your set up?

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Unread 06-06-2011, 08:24 PM   #6
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No pics of the astro set up, but if you are running a CJ dana 30 upfront, just ream the hole in the front from the top or drill it out and weld in a tapered insert. Use the front hole for the draglink, or convert to a Y swing style steering set up that the draglink bolts to the passenger side TRE.



Here's one of my old builds that usies a scout box on a waggy 44 SUA. Every one will be different, but I'd get the astro box since it'll bolt in and figure out which pitman arm from there.
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Thanks Man I will have to pick up an astro box. I do like the scout box idea too. I am running a dana 44 with spring under as well.
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If I wanted to use a Scout box what years should I be looking for?
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Unread 06-07-2011, 06:00 AM   #9
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That was a 1980 scout box, but any scout 2 box will work...I think it was 76+
Your power steering lines will bolt up. If I recall, it was a 30 spline borgeson ujoint I used and some 3/4" or 1" DOM to sleeve to my stock steering shaft to the column. Then just use the extra 3/4" DOM to sleeve the frame and mount the box where you want it.
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Unread 06-07-2011, 09:05 AM   #10
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cool I might look into that. I am pretty sure the Scout box will clear my tire since I am at 65" wms wms, also I like the idea of a longer drag link. Did you have to hack up the grill or anything like that to make it work?
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