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So I started working on flipping the tie rods towards the front. Correct me if I'm wrong but the middle connecting rod has to flip around also right?
YES, your center link is in backwards. Long flat to the drivers side, short flat to the passengers. Tie rod studs inserted into the tapered sockets from the front...
Any tricks on removing the pitman arm? I'm hammering at hit from nut side and not really able to get leverage
Pickle fork or a puller. Puller better if you can get it in there, arms locked under the center link, puller screw on the pitman arm stud as tight as you can get it and then give the center link a wack..
Thank you. I'm down to the passenger side pitman arm now. I'll try the puller It's there suppose to be some play in the pitman arm anchor where it attached to the frame?
No the inner parts should be firmly retained between the mounting tabs and then the forged arm rotates on the inner. The inner should not move or rock.
Thank you again. Looks like I need a new bushing then. Know where to source? Got everything off now and ready to assemble after replacing the bushing
..are you sure? Show us the issue. Considering your front end was put together backwards, chances are the idler arm wasn't installed correctly either. Many aftermarket ones need to be shimmed with washers so that you can get them tight...
Here's the picture. It's the original arm. I took a video to show the play but can't post it. So screen shot a close up of the play. It's about 1/16 of vertical play. The play is between the inner diameter of the arm and outer diameter of the bushing.
That's not on original OE arm. WHAT is moving vertically?..the entire assembly between the mounting ears, or the outer casting moving on the inner portion? If the entire unit, IE the inner portion moves between the ears then shim if necessary if tightening the bolt up won't cure it. If the inner is staying tight/still and the outer is rocking... it's worn out and needs replacing.
It's the outer casting moving on the inner portion. So which needs to be replaced? The whole pitman arm? Or whatever is in the inner portion between the ears?
It comes as an assembly. Seeing it has a grease zerk, did you try greasing it to see if it tightens it up? If it still rocks and moves I'd get a new one in there while you already have things apart. Should be the correct one.. but I can't bring up Demon so make sure it is... https://www.napaonline.com/en/p/NCN...r+Arm&impressionRank=2&keywordInput=idler+arm
BIG Thank You! For all the help One last question.... What's the torque specs for tightening everything back up?
All in the FSM... and I can't remember what I did before lunch, nor am I going back out to the shop tonight to look them up.
I’m done! Thanks everyone. Here’s the before and after pictures. Now just need to get something done on the exhaust and a alignment. Before After