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i have a 70 fj40 with a dana 44 full width i talked with grady at extreme off road and saw his set up, he uses a steering arm on both sides wih the tie rod connecting the two and the drag link ties in about 4"-5" in on the passenger side to the tie rod. the second option is from my dad what about just putting a steering arm on the pass. side and run the drag link to it and leave the tie rod alone. the question is what are the pro's and cons of each set up. and does any one out there wheel with the second option? <IMG SRC="smilies/fj.gif" border="0">
 

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I have a 44/LC front end and have just the one steering arm on the passenger side then the tie rod running from each knuckle. I really dont see spending all the money for hy steer myself. I bought a rockrod from rockstomper and dont see myself bending that anytime soon, and it only cost $84
 

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do you have a web site or phone # for rockstomper. appreciate the help this is my first build up. <IMG SRC="smilies/fj.gif" border="0">
 

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Originally posted by ironpig70:
<STRONG>eric
do you have a web site or phone # for rockstomper. appreciate the help this is my first build up. <IMG SRC="smilies/fj.gif" border="0"></STRONG>
Jesus I just answered this question on the general 4x4 page... LOL its rockstomper.com

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I'm going to run a main tie rod knuckle to knuckle then a passenger side flattop knuckle steering arm (over the top) drag link to the pitman. kind of like what your Dad is suggesting. You might have to bumpstop the axle out to clear the second steering arm when compressed but if you come up from the bottom on it (large hole facing the ground) then you should be okay. I'd have to look at how much clearance you have from frame rails to knuckles though to be able to tell ya for sure......speakin of which it's time for me to go out and get some ball joints and u-joints, brake lines and tie rod ends.....sheesh this front Cruiser/D44 is taken foever to get together!!
 

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I have made a few of these setups for my D44 and for others. If you are going to go through the trouble of doing one steering arm for the crossover steering, you may as well spend a few more bucks and get the second steering arm for the driver side and get all of your steering links above the springs. Using the GM TREs requires some modifications since the tapers are usually deeper than the normal Saginaw swap tapers for the pitman arm. You also have to retaper the pass side TRE to accept the drag link end if you want to tie it there instead of the steering arm. Let me know if you need any help with this since I have the taps, reamer and the tubing to make these tie rods and drag links.
 
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