Should I install a dropped pitman arm?


Midtenn

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I am still a bit confused. I think I have a dropped pitman arm and a dropped bracket, so no further parts here are necessary. I took some pictures to see if I’m on the right track.

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I am still a bit confused. I think I have a dropped pitman arm and a dropped bracket, so no further parts here are necessary. I took some pictures to see if I’m on the right track.

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Your's has a dropped pitman arm and a dropped frame side track bar bracket.

Ideally, neither should be there. But both together should not screw up the steering.
 

Midtenn

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Your's has a dropped pitman arm and a dropped frame side track bar bracket.

Ideally, neither should be there. But both together should not screw up the steering.

okay that is what I thought. It’s finally starting to click.

I’ll leave this item alone for the time being and focus on the re gear.
 
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Not only do the drop pitman arms drop the fixing point lower, they also skew it off to the side about 40mm, see photos. The drag link would have to be wound right in for it to fit on my right hand drive, I did not like the look of it so I did not use it.
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Not only do the drop pitman arms drop the fixing point lower, they also skew it off to the side about 40mm, see photos. The drag link would have to be wound right in for it to fit on my right hand drive, I did not like the look of it so I did not use it.
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Oh wait a sec, I'm in NZ so mine is Right hand drive, I'm not 100% sure but the alignment could be the difference between RHD & LHD...
 

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I'm not sold on on installing the dropped pitman arm, I just put a 3 inch lift on my tj and now when i lift the drag link to put it on the pitman arm it pulls the passenger side wheels inward, if that pitman arm was down lower that won't happen
 

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how do I identify if i have a dropped pitman arm? Someone mentioned to me in another thread that mine is dropped (see pic) but Im not clear on what demonstrates that.

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Yep looks like a dropped one to me. Do yourself a favor and get rid of it. I recommend the Moog part, both the Omix and Crown parts did not fit my TJ properly as the hole was not tapered to suit the steering box shaft when I got them a few months back.

The problem you might have after fitting a stock drop though is the steering damper binding on the drag link due to its fatter than stock diameter.
 

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how do I identify if i have a dropped pitman arm? Someone mentioned to me in another thread that mine is dropped (see pic) but Im not clear on what demonstrates that.

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Just to answer your question, identifying a drop pitman arm is pretty simple. Here’s a picture displaying varying amounts of drop.
A drop pitman arm does just that, drops down to the drag link on a lifted vehicle.
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Most factory car/truck pitman arms would fall between the flat pitman arm and the one second from left.
 
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