In a 'not even close to valid engineering perspective' sorta way, I saw that pic and figured a good candidate for a 'backward, upside down or both' attack on a solution. As in, flip the pitman arm and idler arm sides of your cutoffs outboard and shorten the tie-rods to match. It might put the end swivels closer to bind through full suspension limits, but do not immediately appear to limit steering travel. The upside to all this would sure seem to be less moment distance on all components and able to weld in a stouter cx bar closer to the pitman/idler.
Originally Posted by Fix Until Broke
The picture in the earlier post is just a cut/resize/paste of the stock wheel photo over the standard 15" wheel with a 31x10.50x15 light truck tire on it (same OD as the 22's I'm looking at)... Here's the original picture
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Now I just need to figure out a way to do this that is robust and serviceable. The compromise with this solution is that I will loose some steering angle (about a 1/4" at the spindle stops) since the tie rods/center link hit the oil pan before the spindle stop. I would have to pull the engine and weld in pockets on the oil pan to get full steering angle. It's possible, but I'm just not willing to do that at this point. If the engine needs to come out in the future, then I'll do it. For now, I'll just add spacers to the spindle stop
Also, during full front-end rebuild I did this entirely by dufus accident letting the jack slip from the crossmember after just a couple pumps onto the steering link. The metal is soft enough the bearing did not "appear" damaged and was able to travel smoothly across full travel. I didn't realize I damaged anything until I couldn't get everything bolted back up - after 20 tries. Entirely uncertain whether altering the angle of the idler and pitman down a few degrees to clearance the pan is contraindicated as far as steering geometry goes. New fubared on top. 'New' new replacement on bottom.
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