Steering box centered when you installed the new arm? Sounds like you
installed the wheels square with the steering box to one side of it's travel
range. I'll bet she takes left turns like a sonofabitch though!
up until the stop on the axle hits that left side spindle.. ;-)
You've gotta adjust your draglink (the double tie rod end setup between the
steering box and the new arm) to get your travel back.
With the front wheels off the ground, cut the wheel all the way one
direction, loosen up the 2 bolts holding the sleeve in place, and adjust the
tie rods until you get closer to what you're lookin for. Then do it again,
and again till you have lock to lock turning, and no, the steering wheel
won't be centered - that's something you'll have to do later. Try to get
the axles to actually hit the stops if you can, because it's not nice on the
gearbox to 'bottom out' when you turn. You may need to have an alignment
shop look at it too - you may have changed your toe geometry when you lifted
it too (by tilting the axle a bit with the new springs), and if you can get
the turning close, they'll be able to get it 100%.
Now for the steering wheel....hehehe....
Once you get the wheels turning right, pop off the wheel, pull the
lockplate, and figure out where it's gotta go so that you can have the wheel
centered (this is if you've got a stock wheel). Now notice that the shaft
is keyed - and there's one spot where there's a key missing. Grind that
notch out of your lockplate and reinstall it.
Turn the steering wheel GENTLY lock to lock with the steering arm off.
Count the turns, now turn it to one side or the other HALF that amount.
(ex. 4 turns L-L turn back 2 turns from one) Steering wheel should be
real close to factory centered, if off a small amount just turn it to
the correct position. On many GMs there is also a mark on the steering
box shaft to show center. Lock the wheel in that position or tie it or
have someone hold it there. Now reinstall the steering arm. It is REAL
important to keep the steering in that centered area for a few reasons,
One - Most steering boxes are designed to be stopped by the steering
stops not by the internals in the box, consider how much force your
putting on that box and you will find out just how easy it is to break
one. Two - there is a "dead spot" inside that box that is the centered
position which should occur when the wheels are straight ahead. This
combined with the caster/camber is how the front returns to center when
you take your hands off the wheel. Three - Most GM boxes are designed to
provide proportional steering and any position off center throws that
off. Lastly if you install the arm off center your going to be
constantly fighting either a pull to the left/right depending on which
side your off on. (in your case if you just adjust the linkage you will
have a constant left hand pull since the box is off center to the right.
Once you get the steering centered up make sure there is no binding and
that the steering stops are OK, then get thee to an alignment shop and
bring money, I'll wager everything is WAY off unless you are REALLY
DO NOT DRIVE IT AROUND BEFORE GETTING IT LINED UP.
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