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  1. 4Play

    Heim steering??? Diy upgrade.

    Wish I could have caught a picture of your build earlier. I would have suggested welding a hex on the end of the shaft for tightening the jamb nuts. Its surprising how easily they will come loose if you don't crank them down good. If you do use thread-lock without a wrench perch, you'll end up with a pipe wrench on your bar if you ever need to make an adjustment or replace a heim. Not good for powder coating or paint. I finally got my axle set back to center and the wheel clocked straight. She's back to driving like a dream. On center play is damn near as good as any of my other vehicles and much better than stock. When my fleet stops breaking I'll get some more pictures. I'm still not impressed at the factory stabilizer mount at the axle and how it comes out at an angle to the steering bar. On compression or right hand turn it pushes out on the bar and pulls on the left hand turn or extension. I would think having this in line with the crossbar would drastically help in my case. I'm not sure how it affects things with the stock steering setup. From your pictures it looks like it would have the same affect. Here is a link to some FK boots that I found on Summit if you ever run into a scenario that you would need them. https://www.summitracing.com/parts/fkb-rers3?seid=srese1&cm_mmc=pla-google-_-shopping-_-srese1-_-fk-rod-ends&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIio2mkqn72wIVj7jACh0C4AAxEAYYASABEgLLgvD_BwE
  2. @pfc.hays Here is a tag to your thread good sir.
  3. 4Play

    Heim steering??? Diy upgrade.

    I'll have to snap a few more pictures on the setup. Drag link/track bar angle can easily be an exact match. Mine just needs rotated a hair more. I haven't done a final adjustment on anything yet. I removed a 6" lift from the truck and got things set to be drive-able. I still need to take some length out of the track bar to recenter the axle and steering wheel. Currently it drives great but could use a tiny bit more tweaking. There is an adjustment on both sides of the tie rod so steering center would not need to be changed for toe adjustment. I've seen plenty of heim boots in the Jeep/buggy community so I know there are quite a few options for protection if wanted. I've never had an issue with the teflon coated joints. The non-coated ones would get some buildup and start sticking a bit. I did read an article on the non-coated joints that mentioned they should either be run completely dry unless using a boot to keep the grease from collecting dirt. This was also for a strictly off road application mind you. I would never run the non-coated joints in any application. I'll keep you posted if I ever experience any issue. One other thing on the kits that have the drag link running all the way to the knuckle, usually they will only work with a lifted truck using a track bar drop bracket to get the angles closer and they also typically require a larger rim since they have more hardware bolting together at the knuckle and encroaching on the rim.
  4. Good chow and lots of room. Come join the crowd!
  5. 4Play

    2nd Gen Dodge Track Bar

    If anyone needs to borrow a ball joint press let me know. I've got the big OTC set. The thing is a beast and has a ton of adapters.
  6. It might very well be a shorter visit but I will make it!
  7. 4Play

    3rd Gen Air Bag Recall

    Done recently from Peterson's as well. Same story. They came to my workplace and had it done in the time it took me to walk back to my shop. I should have just stayed and waited.
  8. 4Play

    ITD Dinner Meet

  9. I should be able to make the 20th. Looks like the work schedule will align.
  10. 4Play

    happy thanksgiving 2017

    Happy Turkey Day everybody!!
  11. 4Play

    Heim steering??? Diy upgrade.

    I would have to agree that 90+ lbs of just tire with the immense added dimensional forces can eat a factory front end extremely fast once one component starts to get loose. Adding a lift and more leverage/bushing deflection seems to be a perfect recipe for a short lived front end and the road to death wobble. One shot of death wobble can wreak havoc on all components in seconds with that much weight sitting over the steering. I loved having the extra clearance and the look was much better but its all stock height for me now. I'm still running 34x12's but everything is staying tight and there seems to be no premature wear. The damn heims and bars are monsters and I cant see them ever being an issue unless its wear from pure mileage and use. They are still a wear item but I don't see that happening any time soon. Maybe if the Teflon were to wear off but there is no sign of that at all yet. I have to say, I inspect everything regularly and its pristine. I've swapped to a better control arm and track bar setup which made a huge improvement as well. I never liked the stock deflection and the squishy feeling it gave. It also eliminated almost all of the pull from ruts. The ride is much more positive and the response over stock is great. I figured it would be very harsh but comparing to my old man's exact truck (all OEM@40k miles) save for the 3500/2500 difference I think its a much better driving experience. Mine feels like its on rails compared to his. I also swapped to different ball joints but not sure that would have been an issue after the arms and steering. My only regular concern is the unit bearings. I've had to replace one set but with the design and being a wheel bearing, its just the price of doing business. The steering gearbox... maybe. I can see it not holding up to the larger tire setup but not as likely. Once I drop on the bumper/grille/winch I may reduce the tire size a bit but I'll see how she does.
  12. 4Play

    Dash cams

    https://dashboardcamerareviews.com/ some ideas on here.
  13. 4Play

    Bug a salt rifle

    They work quite well. Had one for a while now. Just don’t get too close. You’ll have quite the explosive situation.