Idler arm too short?

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    Hey guys,

    im at a total loss here..

    is the centerlink supposed to be level?
    because mine isnt.

    its causing the idler arm/tie rod hitting my exhaust tube and torsion bar.
    and the center link to rub against the oil pan.

    check the imgur album for pics:


    the idler arm is a MOOG K7086, replaced last year
     
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    What year is your car?
     
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    1974
     
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    Looks like you have a 68-72 K member or 73-76 k-member.

    Looks like you have a 73-76 Abody center link. Although the B/E ones look the same until you measure the length.

    Do you have a large spline power steering box (73-up) or small spline (72-down) ?

    First guess is wrong idler or pitman arm.
     
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    I had a slanted centerlink once when I used a E/B body idler I had laying around. Looked close, until you laid them on top of each other.
     
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    The pitman/power steering side has total clearance clarence, no trouble there. also not touched/changed by me.

    reason for me to change the idler arm was because in the netherlands you have to get your car checked out every 2 years.

    MOT guy told me too much play in bushing, so i changed it with a new K7086
     
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    It looks like the wrong center link......From what I see......
     
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    AAAAHHH....HMMMMM
     
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    if i would change the centerlink (if it would be wrong) the idler arm would still hit the exhaust.. because it will still swing the same way..
     
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    I think that is the right 73-76 Abody idler part number.

    What idler was actually in the box could be something else. I’d look into it being the incorrect part in the new box..
     
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      Might be wrong part in the box...
       
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      Looked at the rest of the pictures, that Idler is the wrong part.
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      I’ve seen them with that elbow in the arm. I can’t tell in the picture. Need to have old one right next to it.

      Could be machined wrong.
       
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      Its hitting both the torsion bar and exhaust. Clearly it is to high. Only thing that places the center link is the Idler arm. Seems like an incorrect part.
       
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      does anyone know a part number to order to correct this problem?
       
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      idler arm 2.jpg This is my idler/centerlink, all 73-up front suspension. Sorry for the crappy cell phone pics. Looks like the idler drops down way more than yours. Center link sits level. Grease zerk clears torsion bar by 1/2" or so. I'd have to dig through my slips to be sure, but I just ordered the 73-up P/N from Moog. As suggested previously, maybe you got the wrong part in box?
       
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      I ordered a kit for my car and it came with an an idler arm that looks much different than the factory one. Haven’t had time to install it yet but it is a moog piece and it raises a red flag with me.

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      possible bent k frame ?
       
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