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Offline Coleman64

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My steering sucks
« on: August 13, 2018, 12:34:40 AM »
I have a 1990 1 ton crew cab long bed 6.2 td lifted 6 inches on 37 inch Toyos. When I bought it it had a homemade  crossover steering system. Since then I have rebuilt the whole truck and have installed a complete crossover system from off-road design. New steering box new skyjacker springs new shackles mounts bushings sway bar and king pin bushing. The thing drives like absolute garbage. It is all over the road and when you hit a bumb it throws you all over the road. Doesn't pull. Wanders on rough road and jerks the wheel. I don't get it. Everything is tight there is no slop in the wheel. Why am I using this system? There is so much flex in the frame at the steering box it's not even funny. It flexes so bad the front bumper bolts pop and make noise. I just don't get it and I'm kinda frustrated
1990 CREW CAB  Sierra 3500 6.2 Detroit diesel 4sp 4x4 on 37s
1977 k20 sbc350/400 longbed 4x4
1974 Camaro street beast 350/350 1973 body conversion
1997 trans am ws6
1937 dodge pickup cab/bed rat rod dragster tubbed w/ 454/400

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Re: My steering sucks
« Reply #1 on: August 13, 2018, 10:48:07 AM »
Have you checked the alignment?  Have you inspected the left frame rail for cracks at the steering box mounting?  Cracks typically leave visible rust tracks that develop sub-concentric around and radiating away from the steering box mounting bolt holes.  If the frame rail is flexing excessively and there are no cracks, it is certain they will develop.  Adding a torque arm support that stabilizes the frame rail can be an important step to taming the steering.
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Re: My steering sucks
« Reply #2 on: August 13, 2018, 01:25:15 PM »
There are no visible cracks I've had the box off recently and inspect it every time I do. I check the alignment frequently as well, and keep it well adjusted. Why do I even need this system? I by no means do any excessive off-roading. It is my daily and is only used for farming. This system seems over complicated and has already worn the bushing out on the shaft of my brand new steering box. My 77 k20 which is lifted 4" and has 35s and has the original steering system and the aftermarket steering arm. Is drives incredible and does everything I want. Has no frame flex but does flex the spring a little.  At this point I'm ready to just toss the crossover setup.
1990 CREW CAB  Sierra 3500 6.2 Detroit diesel 4sp 4x4 on 37s
1977 k20 sbc350/400 longbed 4x4
1974 Camaro street beast 350/350 1973 body conversion
1997 trans am ws6
1937 dodge pickup cab/bed rat rod dragster tubbed w/ 454/400