Would this work for hy-steer?

Discussion in '40- & 55-Series Tech' started by Archengine, Dec 13, 2003.

  1. Archengine

    Archengine SILVER Star

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    Would it be possible to remove the steering arm mounts from the knuckles (?), turn them upside down so the bend faces up, netting around 2 inches or so of tie rod clearance? I know that you would have to swap them from side to side aswell, to clear the tires, and therefore shorten the tie rod a few inches, but this would be really cheap. Granted it's not the 4 plus inches of the professional kits, but 2 inches is near free until I can get the dough for the good stuff. What do you think?
     
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    HAVE YOU EVER PULLED YOUR ARMS OFF YET?
     
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    Archengine SILVER Star

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    Sure haven't, or I would probably know the answer to that. Luckily my front axle was in good enough shape to be excluded from my frame up.
     
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    No it won't work.
     
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    woody unhelpful spotter Staff Member Admin

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    nope....that arm attaches with cone washers, you'd need to reverse those...theres'also a two-step round recess that retains the trunion bearings.

    Once you see an arm that's not installed, it's obvious....lol

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    i was just about to post a message with this same idea.. i guess it wont work..

    What about heating them up and bending them myself, or having a Shop do it localy.. anything has to be better then $400 arms..
     
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    [quote author=isotel link=board=1;threadid=8755;start=msg75779#msg75779 date=1071469647]...What about heating them up and bending them myself, or having a Shop do it localy.. anything has to be better then $400 arms..
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    There are heated & bent arms on the market... without proper metallurgy knowledge... dont try it... :D
     
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    Just remember steering and brakes are your life. :-\
     
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    You guys are brave! I wouldn't do this to my truck.

    /td
     
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    [quote author=isotel link=board=1;threadid=8755;start=msg75779#msg75779 date=1071469647]
    i was just about to post a message with this same idea.. i guess it wont work..

    What about heating them up and bending them myself, or having a Shop do it localy.. anything has to be better then $400 arms..
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    That's what I'm going to do with mine.
     
  11. Archengine

    Archengine SILVER Star

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    OK, well I guess I'm showing my ass, but why couldn't the arms just be turned around and swapped side to side, not hy-steer, but would place it behind the axle. Sure would be cheap. Why hasn't this been done?
     
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    You can't put them behind the axle unless you do high-steer because of the front diff.
     
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