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Old 08-07-2005, 09:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Dana 44 SOA high steer arm problems??

I just did a SOA, Dana 44 conversition on my CJ., with High steer crossover steering. My problem is, the High steer arm on the Passenger side is hitting the tire... Are there High steer arms that are curved a bit to eliminate this?

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Old 08-07-2005, 10:05 PM   #2 (permalink)
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What size rim and backspacing are you running? Yes there are arms that are offset to the center - I have Tri County Gear arms that are set slightly to the center, but too much and you screw up your ackerman angle.
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Thanks, im using stock CJ backspacing... 3 1/2 - 4", and 15 x 8 wheels, with 35".... THe arms I have now are just about perpendicular to the axle tubes, they need to be turned in a bit, I think
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Thanks, im using stock CJ backspacing... 3 1/2 - 4", and 15 x 8 wheels, with 35".... THe arms I have now are just about perpendicular to the axle tubes, they need to be turned in a bit, I think

What arms are you using - the Blue Torch ones have a slight angle in them and clear H1's with a 1.5" spacer. Total backspacing is now approximatley 5.75" (7.25 - 1.5).
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Call PartsMike...(www.partsmikeparts.com)...he has the arms that clear. That's what I have on my D44 SOA. Call him and talk to him...he's VERY friendly and will answer any question you have.
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Old 08-08-2005, 07:45 PM   #6 (permalink)
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So there I was..........................I used the frickin Poison Spyder Arms and Spacers with no probs 37 MTR on 15 Allied Bead Locks....Hope it helps dude!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Extreme Gear arms, 1 1/2" Poison Spider spacers, 10" Weld rms with 3.75" of backspace running 37" MTR's. Easy 2 1/4" of clearance, so combo would work even without the spacers. Good luck.
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If the passenger side arm is the hitting it could be due to where the holes where drilled and tapped in the knuckle. Since you already have the holes drilled and tapped you would have to go to a dfferent arm design or a wheel spacer like some of the others have mentioned.

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Hey guys, thanks for the info.
Dan, Im startin to think the holes were not drilled in the right spot. Is there a standard, as to where these holes are to be e drilled and tapped? My d44's were custom made by drivetrain direct. With the arms bolted on, they are almost perpendicular to the axle tubes, with tires pointed staight ahead.
It only hits on passenger side. High steer studs are in identical locations on both sides of axle. Is there any one that makes offset arms, that turn in a bit?
When talking to PARTS MIKE, he says I should switch over to the his "T-steering" set up, I would be using the shorter arms, with one hole on each arm. and there should be no clearance issues. But I was hoping to keep the factory tie rod/ drag link set up that is used on the CJ's.

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Like I said earlier, Tri County Gear makes the arm that I use and it does angle in slightly. D44 with Dodge knuckles, 15 X 8 wheels with 3.5" BS, I probably have 1" clearance.
You say you want to retain the stock CJ setup. If you're going to a high steer setup, why wouldn't you take the opportunity to replace the flimsy CJ setup with some stout 1 ton parts and eliminate another point of failure? Billavista has a good write-up that describes how to utilize readily available GM 1 ton TREs. I took this info and tapped some 1.25"/.25" wall DOM tube for a pretty indestructible front steering setup.
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Thanks for the tip "withamc", ill check into it... I see partsmike has a T-steering set up. May be what your speaking of?
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I have no idea what Parts Mike sells. Read this for ideas.

http://www.pirate4x4.com/tech/billav...ngresearch.htm
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