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Old November 13th, 2010, 08:43 AM   #1
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Hey guys, I bought some 6 inch lift springs for my 86 1ton. I am waiting to put them on because I am concerned about the steering after it is lifted. I am hoping someone can clear up my confusion.....do I need a drop pitman arm? Do I need a drop steering arm? Do I need either or both? Since I didn't buy a "kit" I am not sure what all I am gonna need. I drive this truck daily so when I pull if off the road to lift it I want to have all the parts I need so I can get it rolling again quickly.
If someone could tell me what I need I would really appreciate it. I only plan on going up 6 inches fwiw.

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Old November 13th, 2010, 10:37 AM   #2
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In your case, I would do a drop pitman arm and a raised steering arm to get the most out of the steering. Can also get a block kit for the stock steering arm with the same results.

Here is a place with everything you'll need, and a few things you don't.
http://www.jackit.com/steering/chevy...orrections.htm
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Old November 13th, 2010, 11:02 AM   #3
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i just did a 8 inch on my blazer and converted to crossover steering i was having a hard time finding a drop pitman arm. I agreee both would be the way to go
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Thanx for the info. If I understand right, you are saying I can go with just the block kit and that will be ok or do I need the pitman arm and steering arm as well? Just wanna make sure because I don't wanna buy something if I can get away without it. I am trying to get out with as little money as I can right now but I want it to still drive ok. I wasn't gonna even lift it right now but the front springs are totally shot and I couldn't see putting stock springs back in.

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IMO, you'll need the pitman arm regardless and either the block kit for the stock steering arm or a raised arm. I've seen people use a dropped tube drag link but those move around too much and would be a waste of money. Do it right and safe or save your money until you can. Cutting corners could prove fatal.
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Your gonna need a the block and most likely a drop pitman arm. I have a 4" lift on my blazer w/ the block and the drag link is straight. I'd start w/ that, install it and see if it has full range of turning. If not either get the "S" shape drag link or the drop pitman arm.
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Old November 26th, 2010, 12:15 AM   #7
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I would start by using steering arm (at the axle) and if that doesn't correct your steering problem i would next try a drop drag link by skyjacker (IIRC). But if you going to use the drop pitman arm I would first check your frame for cracking around the steering box and make repairs and add bracing to the back of the back of the steering box. Chevy did make a great design in and round the steering box area as the frame c-channel metal isn't thick enought and the the bolt's that mount the steering box to the frame come loose over the year and the leverage on the box from larger tires, plows, off-roading, etc that will crack the frames. With a drop pitman arm the force is greater and could snap off the front part of the frame or pull most of the bolt throught the frame at worst case! There are a few companys that make frame repair kits and braces for these year truck to help these weak points!

You did say what size tires your planning to run or if your planning to use it a DD or just offroading? I'm now sure what all you would need to do cross-over on a d-60 but for sure you would need a two weel steering box and you would still need to make any repaire and bracing to your frame because most need some kind of repair in this area!

As it has been said cutting corners could prove fatal to you, your passengers or other drivers or both!

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Hope this helps

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