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Old 05-28-2008, 10:42 AM   #1 (permalink)
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The best way to replace idler and pitman arms

Hi I'm going to replace my idler/pitman arms and both tie rod ends this weekend and I have the service manuals. I'd like to know from guys that have done it before what's the best way to replace the pitman/idler arms. It'll be done on a lift and I've done it on my old truck before(96 Z71). I've read to remove gearbox and also some say to remove the bottom bolts and loosen the top one. I'm installing tie rod sleeves also. Thank's, Adam
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Old 05-28-2008, 01:35 PM   #2 (permalink)
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you can unbolt the gearbox from the frame and get it in a postion to put the puller on it.idler is easy self explanatory.it does get fun when installing braces though.
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Thank's banshee. That's my next project. Making and installing a set of idler/pitman braces. Adam
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Just make sure you have the pitman puller, it is a must. When i did mine i cranked on the puller until it was very tight, then i tapped the pitman arm with a hammer and it popped right off. I am sure you know not to try and hit the pitman arm off with a hammer, as it will cause damage to your gearbox. I don't know about the braces as i haven't done them. Good luck!!!
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Drop the plastic cover. Remove the idler bolts and leave attached to the center link. The outer tir rod ends pooped right out with a slight of a hammer. Unbolt the steering stabilizer from the crossmember. Unbolt the pitman from the centerlink and pop it off. Jack one wheel up so you can pivot it and give you room. It's easier for two people to pull the tie rod and center link assembly out from under the truck past the wheel you just moved.

My pitman was a pita!!! I broke the first puller. OK it was the $6.99 Harbor Freight version. The $18.00 NAPA one held. I did unbolt the steering box from the frame. Not as bad as I thought.

Install the pitman arm, steering box, and idler assembly on the truck. Get your center link redone. Have someone help you feed it back under the truck and get it on the pitman and idler studs.
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Old 05-28-2008, 11:43 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Jeli great info!

Do you have to disconect the steering shaft from the gear box? Also did you tighten the puller on the pitman arm then hit it with the hammer to pop it off? Where on the pitman arm do you hit it with the hammer?
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