Tie Rod/Arm Clearance Options (1 Viewer)

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The contact is most likely from the brand of caster plates used. The amount of the lift doesn’t influence this.
 
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Delta looks like a solid solution but is uncheap just to make a some clunking go away! Are the arms compromised in any way by taking some chunks out?
It appears that you have very significant wear on the tie rod and which would require mucho grinding on the arms to obtain the necessary clearance. The delta arms correct castor properly and leave lots of the rod clearance not to mention they come with new oem rubber bushings if you spec them that way. This solution kills three birds with one stone.
 
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This solution kills three birds with one stone.
As I go through this more and more, I can't agree more- I've had them in cart all day now. I've already got a new tie rod en route, so I need to address bushings, plates, etc to not damage the new piece. I'm just vetting all possibilities prior with you all in case it turns up to be something else that I've not seen/reviewed property
 
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I bought and installed the Delta arms a few weeks ago and couldn't be more impressed. It was a super easy install and changed the driving characteristics significantly. My 80 used to wander quite a bit, you definitely had to pay attention to stay between the lines. The caster correction arms completely fixed that. I had an alignment done prior and was at -0.7" of caster. I ordered the 2" arms based on my alignment numbers and Dave's recommendation. I've got a 2.5" OME lift and am running 315/75r16 tires FWIW.
 
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Compiling/comparing lift and caster data our preferred method of measuring is detailed in first post of this thread, and there is a link to user submitted caster data spreadsheet to compare your findings.
I never did ask you; how do you use this method of estimating amount of lift? I don’t think the front track bar was perfectly level with stock suspension.
 

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I never did ask you; how do you use this method of estimating amount of lift? I don’t think the front track bar was perfectly level with stock suspension.
Don't use it yet, not enough data. The hope is that eventually there will be enough data to say something along the lines of "you have 3.75" of difference, that means if you go to an alignment shop they will most likely tell you you have -0.1* of caster". Probably a long ways off though.

In our shop, almost every rig that has come in with a stock suspension has between .75-1.25" of difference in panhards. So we figure whatever the measurement, minus 1", gets you pretty close, at least for the rear. Front is super wonky though, since any existing caster correction throws that all off. Someday, someone (maybe us, maybe somebody else) will be able to extract that kind of conclusion from this data set, IF PEOPLE FILL IT OUT. It takes time and money to get the proper data though (paying for alignment checks, etc), so it's probably going to be a while.
 
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Paired the radius arms with a new Marlin steering upgrade since my old ones were shaved flat at the arm contact point. Thicker rods but still plenty of clearance!
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I set the alignment as best I could but I'm still off and wouldn't hurt to get it done by the pros.
 
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Once you get it aligned, you will be amazed at the difference on the highway. Also look at their panhard bracket, those two items transformed my rig. Driving the mountains and grades are soooo much nicer. Delta makes some darn right good stuff!
 

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