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Old 05-23-2010, 09:40 AM   #76
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they May be a bandaid for geometry issues, but how are they dangerous? My k5 had a stabilizer on it from the factory. Don't they just add some dampening to prevent all the jarring from the road from going directly to the steering system? It seems reasonable to me. People did clearly get carried away putting bunches of them on for cosmetic reasons back in the 90's. I'll admit I had side by side duals on my k5 for a while just because I thought it looked cool (I was young).
Ever had a damper lock up and sieze the steering system? Or "partially" stiffen and impede steering and create a jerkee motion when trying to turn the wheel?

How about a "rock ping" to the inner/outer tube of the damper cylinder which then creates a tight spot as the piston attempts to move past.

The chev had a damper because the geometry wasn't done correctly and the "factory" decided the bandaid route was cheeper than doing a proper correction. Not uncommon at all around deetrot.

Many, many steering gears, power steering pumps, ball joint sets, tie rod ends, king pins, etc. Have been replaced over the years by shops who blow smoke on the customer when the real problem is a binding steering damper.
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Old 05-24-2010, 08:43 AM   #77
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Robert...refresh my haid...that tapered ream is 8*????? Or what?

And...what's the rough rpm you spin it for doing that particular operation. Do you drill the hole out to a constant diameter first, or just let the ream do the whole job?

Do ya have an idea of the approximate number of cuts that could be made on those knuckles with a quality version of that ream before it would need attention?
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Old 05-24-2010, 12:56 PM   #78
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I'm trying to understand what I need to get the shims working right. Since I'll be coming out very close to what Robert has lift/shackle wise, it looks like 4* shims are my best bet. I'll go with the Scout II shim with the intention of drilling them out for the u-bolts. Do I need/want new centerpins? I'm not real clear on that. Would new ones be longer to extend through the shim into the perch?

I'm planning on 4" shackles.
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Old 05-24-2010, 02:42 PM   #79
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4" bolt cl shackle will give you a bit more than 3/4 lift.

4 degree is perfect to compensate for the shackle. You don't need any for the spring lift as it won't alter caster. 6 would be to much.


Depending on your existing spring pack thickness you May need u-bolts but you May not. I waited to see and installed new ones for safety's sake.

I welded a bung into my angle spacer to pilot in to the axle perch and used the existing spring center bolt to pilot into the angle spacer.
You could buy a spring bolt with a longer head to pilot the entire thickness. I didn't have access to any so I did it my way.
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Old 05-24-2010, 02:53 PM   #80
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Robert...refresh my haid...that tapered ream is 8*????? Or what?

And...what's the rough rpm you spin it for doing that particular operation. Do you drill the hole out to a constant diameter first, or just let the ream do the whole job?

Do ya have an idea of the approximate number of cuts that could be made on those knuckles with a quality version of that ream before it would need attention?
Reamer is 1 1/2 inches/ft or 3deg 34' 35" per side. An 8 deg hole taper won't work as the taper shank of the tre will rock and loosen up quickly.

I run at 60 rpm which is back gear and as slow as I can turn it.


For best tool life :
if you are reaming a raw hole, bore not drill just under the small end of the finished taper. Drill bits wander so the reamer will rub and wear fast.

The knuckle is easy because it is cast iron but the steering arm is a forging and tough as hell. You go to fast and the reamer will wear quick hnce the slow speed.

Tool life is a big function of patience and good cutter etiquette. Use a good chlorinated (or similar) cutting oil and not engine oil. A good hss tool should be good for many holes but it depends on the application.
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Old 05-24-2010, 05:24 PM   #81
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4" bolt cl shackle will give you a bit more than 3/4 lift.

4 degree is perfect to compensate for the shackle. You don't need any for the spring lift as it won't alter caster. 6 would be to much.
The goal up front is to get the caster right. Was your goal in back to get the pinion angle correct with respect to the t-case output? On my k5 I worked to get the pinion angle to match the output angle in order to kill u-joint vibration. In the end it didn't work and I ended up with a cv driveshaft.

I just wanted to make sure you thought 4* seemed about right for the rear too, and that I understood the reasoning.
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Old 05-24-2010, 06:04 PM   #82
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While the springs are different lengths and the shackle will alter there angle differently the 4deg will work fine in the rear also.

Front goal is two fold. Caster angle and pinion angle to remain the same as oem, because it behaved well and was inherently stable on the highway. No need to mess up a good thing. Other than the bump steer I am correcting I can take my hand off the wheel and it stays its course so long as the pavement is somewhat smooth.

On the rear my goal was to maintain the same relative output shaft to pinion angle as the oem. My setup is very quiet as I have it.
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Old 06-12-2010, 03:12 PM   #83
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How's the hi-steer on the d27 going?
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Old 06-12-2010, 05:08 PM   #84
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I have the knuckles back on and back plates cleaned up. I had to replace one brass cone because the spline was loose. At least I had some. Tomorrow I fill finish assembling it and start building the new tierod parts. I am machining the draglink attach point out of 1075 steel and threading the tierod end for the right side into it. That should allow for the longest possible drag link and best motion.
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Old 06-16-2010, 02:24 PM   #85
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Robert, I May have missed it, but what brand/model tires did you find? It looks like the interco factory is down for a few months or something. jc whitney took my money for the 32x9.5x15's, but I think they just forwarded it along to the factory who is backordered... Sucks because I already have the new wheels here.

I can't find anything else in a skinny 32". The closest is 32x10.5 on 16" rim.
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Old 06-16-2010, 05:57 PM   #86
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Easier for me to take a picture or two for you.

By the book and my tape they are 32" tall.

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Old 06-16-2010, 08:31 PM   #87
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Thanks. Looks like you could have gone skinnier even if you had wanted with the lt235/85r16. Too bad for me I have four new 15" wheels in boxes. There are lots more options in 16" rims it looks like. I still might rather wait than go to the trouble and expense of returning the rims. I think it could be months though.
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thanks. Looks like you could have gone skinnier even if you had wanted with the lt235/85r16.

I saw the 235 and it looked funny and would be a stretch for the rim.
The 16" rim was a conscious decision because of and along with the tire availability. I felt like this while I went back and forth. .........
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Old 06-23-2010, 07:36 PM   #89
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I was surfing around and stumbled across the reverse shackle stuff. Have you considered that in your quest for a better ride?
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Old 06-24-2010, 06:03 AM   #90
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No because I am generally happy with the Scout's ride quality. Also the rev shackle requires major irreversible mods which I refuse to do. Unless it is a bolt on/off deal I won't do it.
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