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Ruff Stuff 7/8" Heim Steering

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Sorry for lack of pictures, I was kind of doing this with no guide so I didn't think it would turn out so well. 

My stock steering was totally blown out so I opted to get a good replacement. 

 

http://www.ruffstuffspecialties.com/catalog/78STEER.html

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First thing I did was mock up the tie rod on some jack stands. Because I was using 1.5" tubing, it was going to need clearance. 

 

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I eyeballed some different angles and measured, and figured 15 degrees should be good. I put the bends in 9.5" from the end of the tube. 

 

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With the bends in I started to mock it all up to see how much I would need to trim, Ruff Stuff gives you pretty long tube just in-case. 

With the heim threads screwed in halfway, I trimmed off the ends until it sat aligned, and ended up cutting around 4.5" off either side.

 

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I used the same method for the drag link, heims half way threaded and cut to fit. 

You will need to drill out your knuckles and pitman arm to fit 3/4" bolts. Took me 2 drill bits to get through it all, I am also running a drop pitman arm to match the track bar angle. (sorry for no photos!) 

 

Once I had everything mocked up, I welded in the bungs, bolted it on and cycled the steering to make sure everything cleared and there were no binds. 

 

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The last step was to add some metallic silver paint, and had it aligned. 

 

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I have about 350 miles on this steering now and it has been great, it didn't wobble or anything before the alignment and feels great driving through the desert at speed. 

I realized after I should have welded a tab onto the pitman arm to double shear the heim so I'll be redoing that at another point in time. 

 

 

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