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Old 09-13-2021, 09:58 PM
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Early pitman arm shorter??

Heyoo, So I have a 72 waggy. It has a 74+ Dana44 open knuckle front axle. Its also had the steering box replaced as well but I dont think its a non factory box however. Anyway...I have an issue with the drag link pretty much kissing the tie rod.

Being a 72 its got shorter springs than a 74+. Also so far as I know the location pin for the front axle would be farther back in a 74. What ever it is, the pitman arm I have im pretty sure is for the later front end. If memory serves me correctly its 7" center hole to center hole. This cannot be right for a 72. I have seen later tie rods that have a bend in them to clear the drag link. I ordered one of these, but its too long. All I can get is a straight RH side tie rod. I cant find a pitman arm for a 72 either. I read somewhere that the pre 73 or 74 trucks had a shorter pitman arm, when the srpings got longer so did the pitman arm. And this is what remained through the run of the SJ. Can someone verify this? And if so where the hell do I find an early one?? Or what pitman arm can i substitute that wont loose me a bunch of turn radius? This is a stock height truck and wont be changing. Its not in the cards to change the springs and relocate the mounts for the longer springs either FYI
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Old 09-14-2021, 11:31 PM
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Anyone?? Someone has got info in early pitman arms
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I swapped a later D44 into my 73 that came with a D30.
Had to reuse the early pitman arm which meant reaming out the hole for the larger TRE on drag link.

So to answer your question, yes! The early/later pitman arms are different.
The early ones are shorter.
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Old 09-15-2021, 10:15 AM
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I friggin knew it! Now I just have to find one...
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Old 09-16-2021, 09:22 PM
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Try Quadratec or 4WD.com. Maybe 4wheelparts. They have a section for older jeeps and original parts. There might be a cj part that crosses.
Try doing a search at earlycj5.com - site has alot of info/knowledge about older jeeps in general.
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I friggin knew it! Now I just have to find one...

Post in wanted section, shouldn't be hard to find one.
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