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Old 05-09-2007, 03:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Broken Steering arm studs on Dana 60?

In september I swapped in a dana 60 into my truck and put in a superlift steering block since the truck has a 4" lift. About a month ago i noticed the steering seemed sloppier than normal so i checked out all the steering components and found that two of the 4 studs holding the block and steering arm had sheared off at the knuckle! I've tried extracting the broken studs but so far I haven't had any luck at that. Even if i get them out and replace them, I'm afraid that they'll just break again. I've also thought about boring the stud and knuckle out and using larger studs.
Has anyone else had their d60 steering arm studs break? Any helpful advice on what to do next would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 05-09-2007, 03:56 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 05-09-2007, 04:06 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I have the same setup - no problem with the longer studs for 17yrs now. I want to get new studs when I do the next teardown though. If you find a source for the longer studs please post.
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last resort you can always drill and use a easy out or reverse drill bits if they make them that big. or if you really have to drill the intire thing out and retap it.
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Old 05-09-2007, 05:45 PM   #5 (permalink)
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This on the cheap and works well. In order to get longer and bigger bolts, we have used leaf spring centering bolts for heavy truck leaf springs. Bascially it is fine threaded, fully threaded rod thats grade 8 rating. Just cut to length and clean the cuts up and ready roll. I know of 2 rigs running them, one using the stock size, 9/16, and the other running 5/8 no problems in over 2 years now.

Any heavy truck parts place should have them, and some auto pars store might be able to get them to.
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Old 05-14-2007, 10:25 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Thanks everyone for your help

I've found 9/16" (the original studs were 1/2") 18 thread rod for a reasonable price and i'm going to drill and retap the knuckle. The rod is the same rated strength as the studs were (b7 alloy i think). The only foreseeable problem now is finding tapered nuts to fit on the new rods, i'm hoping the local tire shop can help me find some matching lug nuts.
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use the d44/10b cone nuts they are 9/16, but much wider so???
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Were all sides bare metal and torqued to spec? Somehow I doubt it.
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I had a reputable alignment shop that i've had good experience with in the past install the block when i was having other work done. I would hope that he torqued it correctly, but if it was installed correctly, then i don't know why it would have broke.
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I had a reputable alignment shop that i've had good experience with in the past install the block when i was having other work done. I would hope that he torqued it correctly, but if it was installed correctly, then i don't know why it would have broke.

I had the studs break on my truck, I was backing into the driveway when they snapped. I have since gone to crossover steering and have no issues. Had I known that crossover was this much of an improvement, I would have done it when the lift was put on.
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Old 05-24-2007, 01:34 AM   #11 (permalink)
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So one of the two studs decided it didn't want to get drilled out in a straight line. I'm gonna pull the knuckle off and will probably end up having to get a new knuckle. I plan on getting crossover eventually, but either way, i still need to get the drivers side figured out as it holds the knuckle/kingpin together. If i can't find a stock knuckle (i think they're discontinued), i'll prolly get a dedenbear. Anyone have any recommendations?
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So one of the two studs decided it didn't want to get drilled out in a straight line. I'm gonna pull the knuckle off and will probably end up having to get a new knuckle. I plan on getting crossover eventually, but either way, i still need to get the drivers side figured out as it holds the knuckle/kingpin together. If i can't find a stock knuckle (i think they're discontinued), i'll prolly get a dedenbear. Anyone have any recommendations?
i have new stock knuckles in stock,let me know
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Old 05-30-2007, 02:36 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Dedenbear says their knuckles are for offroad use only. I found a new stock knuckle and just ordered it...this little problem has turned into a big pain in my @$$ and a bigger hit to my wallet than i expected, i guess thats how most projects nad problems end up though.
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