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Is a pitman arm needed in my situation? (pics inside)

ok im still getting some bump steer after i have replaced upper and lower ball joints, added a dual steering stab, and i have a track bar bracket. this is driving me nuts! it didnt do this stock and i put this on and its killin me. its a 4" rough contry lift. idk what else to do. i dont want to spend 500 on a pmf track bar or drag link. should i try changing my ball joint on the pitman arm or on the tie rod or do i just need a pitman arm? here are some pics to show how it is now
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Re: Is a pitman arm needed in my situation? (pics inside)

The track bar bolt is pobly not torque to the 400ftlbs And if you haven chck for loose parts

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Re: Is a pitman arm needed in my situation? (pics inside)

the bolt is as tight as me and a friend could get it and then we tack welded the nut so it wouldnt move. i had the death wobble because of that bolt so i made dang sure it was as tight as we both could get it. the drag link will swival but idk if thats normal or not

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Re: Is a pitman arm needed in my situation? (pics inside)

ICON sells an adjustable trac bar for $336..plus the ride.


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Re: Is a pitman arm needed in my situation? (pics inside)

thats the last thing i want to resort to. i would like to keep all the factory stuff on there if i can. i didnt think a 4" lift would cause this much problems. i just dont know where else to look

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Re: Is a pitman arm needed in my situation? (pics inside)

There is no way you need a drop pitman arm with a 4" lift. Did you happen to move the chamber bushing while you were replacing the upper ball joint? This exact thing happened to me once before.
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Re: Is a pitman arm needed in my situation? (pics inside)

well a buddy of mine basically did it for me while i cleaned his turbo. we traded off work. (i got the good end of the deal :) ) he said he left it the same but i have no idea where its at. should i have my truck aligned? i was going to wait till i got new tires but does that matter?

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Re: Is a pitman arm needed in my situation? (pics inside)

Check the bushing in your trac bar, mine was shot, and caused horrible bump steer, and death wobble at certain speeds if I hit a bump.

Get under the truck with a buddy inside, have him turn the wheel back and forth, while you look for any slop or play in any of the steering components, and the track bar. That was the only way we were able to narrow down the bushing on mine, The whole track bar would move about 1/2 inch when the steering wheel was turned back and forth.

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Re: Is a pitman arm needed in my situation? (pics inside)

i will def check that in the morning! i dont have a death wobble after i did the ball joints everything tightened up quite a bit but its still there. i have a buddy rollin on 46's and his doesnt even move at all! atleast its not bump steer it moves a tad because the stock pump is strained on the size of the tires. anyways ill check that! is the drag link suppose to twist a bit? i can take my hands and twist it back and forth. i dont have the stock dampener on because of the dual steering stab. btw

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Re: Is a pitman arm needed in my situation? (pics inside)

Maybe wheel bearings?

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