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Steering Question

Discussion in 'Early CJ5 and CJ6 Tech' started by mnbubba, Jun 2, 2004.

  1. Jun 2, 2004

    mnbubba New Member

    Duluth, MN
    May 10, 2004
    I somehow deleted my last thread. I have searched and found my question but not an answer. So here goes. I have a 71 CJ-5 that is very cobbled together. Engine and drive train from a Comando, and a saginaw power steering unit from something. It was done a couple of owners ago and no one is really sure where the box came from. When I got the Jeep the pitman arm was very loose on the drag link. So I got a new pitman arm, and a new end for the drag link. When I replaced them I was very careful not to move anything, the wheels were straight and I never moved the steering wheel. Now I got it all back together and I can turn two full turns to the right, and only one to the left. Nothing seems to be binding, or hitting anything else. So what is my problem? I can take the pitman arm off the drag link and center the steering wheel and then make the adjustment in the drag link but then the pitman arm won't be centered when my wheels are straight. Is there an adjustment that I can make to keep the pitman arm centered when the wheels are straight.
  2. Jun 3, 2004

    Dootle New Member

    Carson City, NV
    Sep 23, 2002
    I think you've gotta remove the drop pitman then center the box, then replace the pitman. I had to monkey with this myself on my last saginaw project (CJ2A). I had a single drag setup. you may have to fiddle with the tierod end lengths a slight bit here also, and an alignment is suggested. Box was from a late '70's cadilac I believe?? worked great. but getting everything centered and then have it stay that way was tough. My steering wheel was from a Firebird, so the embossed 'bird' started vertical and eventually would center more and more off-center. I had to adjust slightly once or twice a year. I have no clue why this happens.....Man I love these old hunks of steel....keeps us on our toes.

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