Worked on the steering linkage again tonight. When I installed the heim joints I noticed that they were longer then the stock style ball joint. This caused the linkage from the steering gearbox to the steering knuckle to be longer than stock. The difference was about 1/2 in. to long even with the linkage rod bottomed out in the joint. I also made sure that my steering wheel was centered. I did this by making sure I had an equal number of turns both left and right and that the left front tire had the proper toe adjustment. Here is how much extra I needed to remove.
I also had to bend the rod by about 10 degrees at the gearbox end to alleviate a small binding issue.
Once I had that figured out I could work on the length of the linkage for the tie rods. With the Danco steering knuckles on the front axle, they had lengthened the tie rod with a short piece of all thread welded to two nuts that were also welded together. They threaded the welded double nut onto the end of the tie rod lengthening it by about 1.5 in.. I didn't like that so I got rid of the all thread piece and decided to cut the tie rod and add a piece of 1/2 in. inside diameter 1/8 in. thick steel tubing that was 4 in. long.
The difference, with the joints threaded in about 3/4 of the way, is about 5/8 in.. I ran out of time so I'll be welding it tomorrow.
I also figured out why the right front tire had so much camber compared to the left side. It's not bent but when they welded the spindle to the knuckle at the factor they didn't align it correctly. I can fix it by extending the length of the lower part of the steering knuckle where it bolts to the front axle. I might wait to do that.
Edited by Mark 149 J., March 03, 2016 - 08:00 PM.