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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old Apr 12th, 10, 07:47 PM Thread Starter
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Doing steering box upgrade and pitman arm is different size!!!

Ordered the Moog pitman arm that is listed in the new gear box swap and when I compared it to my old one, it was about 1/2" longer. Will this be a problem for my steering? Not much of a change, but this seems weird to me. Anybody else have this problem?
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old Apr 12th, 10, 09:44 PM
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Re: Doing steering box upgrade and pitman arm is different size!!!

Same here - I got the IROC steering box and a new Moog pitman arm for my '68. The new arm was about 1/2" longer. It didn't affect anything I could tell.

Plus, the new steering box is the best improvement I've made to the car. It's a huge difference!
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old Apr 13th, 10, 11:23 AM Thread Starter
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Re: Doing steering box upgrade and pitman arm is different size!!!

Thanks, that makes me feel better. Didn't want to take the time to paint and put on, just to have it not work.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old Apr 13th, 10, 12:29 PM
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Re: Doing steering box upgrade and pitman arm is different size!!!

The longer arm creates a faster ratio. If your outer arms are long, then the long pitman is best, if outers are short, then the long pitman combined with a 12.7 to 1 ratio box makes the steering very quick, close to 2 turns lock to lock. This is OK but very quick and some guys don't like the steering that quick. If you have the fastest combo of parts, PLUS a small diameter steering wheel, it will be had to steer the car precisely. Stick with a 14" dia steering wheel.

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