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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old Aug 9th, 06, 06:16 PM Thread Starter
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Long or short pitman arm

On my 69 I have started to buy the parts to do the 3rd gen quick ratio swap. I am a little confused about what would be the best pitman arm. My steering arms are the long ones. They measure about 4 1/2" from the hole were the tie rod attaches and the hole were the steering arm is bolted on. I am trying to keep the steering from being twitchy. Should I use the short or long pitman arm. Also I have already replaced the idler arm to the new moog part. I know it is not quite the same as the stock part(Just thought I would add that).
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Re: Long or short pitman arm

short.

The long steering arms and short pitman arm combo slows the steering as much as possible.
I find it the perfect combo with the thridgen box. It's 2.5 turns lock to lock, and not at all twitchy.





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Re: Long or short pitman arm

LONG!!

I run the new long pitman arm (5.8") K6582 and the long steering arms (4.5" bolt to bolt) and I have no problems with twitchyness. I LOVE my steering just how it is. Keep in mind not only are you getting a whole new box with no slop but you are also getting a less power assisted more road feel steering and so any twitchyness or slop you might have felt before will be history.

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Re: Long or short pitman arm

Thank you guys for responding. With both of you having good luck it looks like either length pitman arm works well with the long steering arms. I had read post about cars about running about to run off into the ditch with just a slight movement of the steering wheel. I am hoping to get it right the first time.

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Look, the stock fast ratio '67 option manual steering deal used the long arm and the short spindle arms and my car will turn a 90 degree corner in one turn of my steering wheel!

Couldn't parallel park it at all with my CRAGAR deep dish chrome reverse on the front, but at speed, like above the LEGAL limits by a bunch, it was a dream!!

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PS., mine is lock to lock at the S/F stops at 3.5 turns!!!



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