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Old 11-03-2009
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Default Tightening the Drag Link

Question:

When tightening the drag link for the steering, how tight do you make it??
I'm referring to the slotted ends of the link that "tighten up" the joints. I tightened these up quite a bit last spring, but feel like maybe I didn't go enough on them. My steering has some play and looks like it's in these joints.
Any help appreciated as always.
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there should be a spring or belville washers behind the big screw nut

tighten the heck out of it~

grease it and go~!
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So Woody,

What you're saying is tighten it until you see plaid (not just spots).
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never has hurt the us military trucks or my own

if its loose then thighten it till the slack is out

with wheels on ground!

internal parts and the stud are avil to rebuild if needed
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Thanks Woody!!
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I don't want to disagree with experience and knowing what works (I know Woody has a 6th sense about these things and knows from long time experience what works), but in looking at the assembly, it would seem that it should be tightened until the stud presses the pillow block against the ball which presses the ball against the mateing pillow block on the inside, taking up all slack. Then it should be backed off a specific amount. That would allow the spring to accomodate any variations in the roundness of the ball end without binding. Also be sure to replace the cotter pin to prevent the adjustment from moving.

For the life of me, I can't find any procedure on the I-net, just lots of junk. It must be specified somewhere?
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they tell that in the book for the army too but if you do that it will be a new subject of driving style....the least slack you can get--the better you are

they were made to take up some road shock but i dont like them set factory------
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Woody,
Like I said, you have a lot of experience under your belt. Thanks for the reply.
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Can someone write this up in some detail...a how to? I think I get it, but want to make sure before I attempt...also, what are signs of "need to adjust"
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if you have slack in the adj link( drag link from pitman arm to spindle)

you can take out cotter pin//turn the slot in tighter with chisel or BIG flat screwdriver

reinsert cotter pin and grease it ...and go
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