Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Southeast Iowa
Bronco Info: 1996 XLT 5.0/E4OD 6" Lift, 35's 1996 F150 4x4, 5.8L E4OD 79 Supercab Leaf SAS on 33's
D44 Leaf Spring Steering Question
Hi all. I'm putting a D44 from a supercab into my 96 F150. I left the spring spacing at the narrower width. I figured there'd be issues when it came to steering, and luckily, I found a drop pitman arm in the junkyard for a very reasonable cost. I thought I'd seen people use the newer (94 era) F350 drag link. I happened to have a center link/tie rod from a coil sprung 79 D44. I assumed that I could use that, plus the F350 drag link, and with the drop pitman arm, get clearance around the spring, without having to go high steer. I bought the F350 parts new. Most installations I see show the longer, bent rod (drag link) attached near the tire, and the tie rod end at the pitman arm. The angle of the hole in the 79 center link points forward/up. When I install it like that, the bend in the drag link does not point toward the pitman arm, but more like right toward the axle. Question is, if I replace the 79 bronco center link with an F350 one, will the hole in it correct the angle of the drag link to make it point up toward the pitman arm? Is the drag link hole pointed more downward?
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