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Old 11-28-2011, 09:19 PM
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Also, caster should usually be a little higher on the right side, .4-.6 degrees higher on the right side to adjust for road crown.
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Old 11-28-2011, 09:21 PM
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Thank you so much. That is the best advice so far.
Hey, when it comes to front end parts and alignments, I am one bad ### mofo.

At least for road driven cars, I don't touch race/track cars lol
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Old 05-01-2012, 10:36 AM
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Ok. I finally am getting the cash flow to fix my steering issues.

Over the weekend I did the retro fit 98-99 HD steering upgrade. All of my tie rod ends now have grease fittings and that really tightened up the steering a great deal. I still need to get the truck aligned (Wife was going to get it done for me when I was at work, but she has the flu and weather is nice so Ive been on my motorcycle). I was also able to fit my stock steering dampener by drilling out the holes on one of the old adjusting sleeve clamps and bolting it to the new steering link.

One thing I did notice is it seems that when I turn my wheel, I see the truck flexes in the other. To fix this I have a steering stabilizer (frame stiffener) from customdiesel.com on the way. I hope this will eliminate the flex I am seeing.

I also have my upper/lower ball joints, sway bar links, sway bar bushings and upper/lower control arm bushings (all Raybestos Professional Grade) on the way as well as some Gabriel Max shocks (on special order). I have already replaced the track bar.
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Old 05-01-2012, 11:45 AM
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After owning three second gens and going through every steering upgrade on the books and then some. There are only 2 upgrades I recommend.

1 - get rid of the stock 4.5 turn steering gear and get a 3.3 turn gear.

2 - Set the caster as high as possible the control arm caster adjustment cam has to be maxed out and generally will get it to around 4-4.5* the more caster the better it will handle and less wander you will have. If you can get it to the 5* range even better. If they are the same it won't hurt but as stated before a wee bit more on the right side will counter road crown but if you can't get into the 4* range don't worry about it much just get as much as possible out of it.

Then a 3rd gen track bar conversion is always a plus to eliminate the junk end link issue.
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Set the camber as high as possible the control arm camber adjustment cam has to be maxed out and generally will get it to around 4-4.5* the more camber the better it will handle and less wander you will have. If you can get it to the 5* range even better. If they are the same it won't hurt but as stated before a wee bit more on the right side will counter road crown but if you can't get into the 4* range don't worry about it much just get as much as possible out of it.
So if I remember right that would be the front of the upper control arm?
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So if I remember right that would be the front of the upper control arm?
Front of the bottom one IIRC.
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Front of the bottom one IIRC.
Hm... Now you really got me thinking!
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Old 05-12-2012, 05:34 PM
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It's the bottom one on the 4x4s

I don't remember how the 2wds are adjustable
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I don't remember how the 2wds are adjustable
The upper control arm is adjustable on the 2WDs. I was under the impression that moving the front of the arm adjusts the camber and the rear of the arm adjusts the caster.
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Picture camber as how far the top of the tire tilts inward or outward. Caster is the forward and back tilt.
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