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Old 10-05-2014, 07:36 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Maxing out Defender pitman arm joint?

Does anyone know how much misalignment the factory ball joint on the Defender pitman offers? I'm running a 14" strut in the front of the truck with around 8" of droop, and after cycling the suspension I now have a completely clapped out ball joint and sloppy steering. I'm trying to figure out whether it was a fluke or if the joint reached its mechanical limit. Unfortunately I'm on the road for the next few days so I can't test any theories myself.

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Old 10-05-2014, 07:51 AM   #2 (permalink)
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The defender setup is shit! swap in a disco arm and draglink.
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Old 10-05-2014, 08:02 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Do you know if the thread pitch differs between the Defender rod end and the standard TRE's? I want to say it's different but can't recall. Need to know if I have to swap drag links as well.
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Old 10-06-2014, 01:57 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Disco draglink tube is a bit longer, with the same thread 11/16-16
Thay have the same distance from eye to eye, but the defender rod end eye is longer than a regular TRE
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Old 10-15-2014, 06:23 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Cool, got it sorted! Swapped over to a Disco setup and seem to have enough misalignment to handle 8" of downward travel. No issues thus far.
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Old 10-16-2014, 01:47 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I bent a couple tie rods with my Deefer setup and 3 inch lifted suspension put the disco setup on there and no further problems. when I went back to stock suspension I put a HD deefer tie rod and it works fine. something about that stupid rod-end eye never made me confident.
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