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My 85 was stock steering, no drop drag link.Gnarls.
When I was talking torque rod I do not mean the drag link that is picture above. I mean the dog bone link inside the frame rail. That mamajama should be parallel to the ground not like this \ but like this _ that will help resolve some of your issues. You can either buy a 70 dollar bracket from Northwest Off-road or make one. Or you can add length to the rod to add some slack to the geometry. You can weld some stuff in there build your own rod or buy one from Australia. Bushing Kit http://www.energysuspensionparts.com/8.7101Aussie Parts http://shop.snakeracing.com.au/hilux-adjustable-torque-rod/My 85 pile has power push pull with a dropped draglink and I flipped the J arm ball. I bought the rod bracket from NW off-road. It's a nice kit and time saver for the 70 bucks. I could have built it but meh $ = shows up at door. I'm not going to say my 85 steers well but it works fine It's also running 34 swampers and dual cases with a 4:1 rear case plus its locked in the front and spooled in the rear so with all that driveline bind going steering is more like playing horseshoes.
Toybrota,Well... I went back in time in my old brain cells to when I was modifying my 85, lift and spring packs, and YES!!.... I did install a drop drag link. I probably have some photos, but I can't find any right now.BUT... I do not remember having a steering pull problem... although it IS possible and I just don't remember it being a serious deal and I fixed it. I am picky about the steering and braking. Gnarls.
Where's the crack?
It isn't cracked, However my research into the northwest bracket said that without an upgrade to the torque rod could cause a crack. Just looked at my frame and it's completely fine, should I worry about the frame cracking while I'm gone? Ive had this truck lifted like this for over a year, no cracks. Went to Moab, jumped my truck bout 5 feet, no issues. However that can change. I just worry. Sent from my Nexus 6P using Tapatalk
I wouldn't worry about that under normal street use for the short term. I would remedy the issue as soon as possible with out jumping the truck or super flexing the steering out etc. Cracks develop over repeated use and abuse will a week of driving on the street in it's current condition make a difference ? Probably not, but running the Rubicon for a week straight with out setting steering stops, bump stops or limit straps then yeah that may make a difference.
Yeah High steer makes things work better. If you do it yourself practice your welding skills so you can get the frame sleeved and the mounting plate on. I'm staying with the old push pull for now and maybe a long while longer. It's my trucks limiting factor but my wheeling partner ( my brother ) is running IFS with a OME T bar lift and 32x9.50s so we are about equal . I'm not saying that high steer isn't practical and advantageous I'm just saying know your truck and what trails you run and who you run them with. Long term you can use your $$$ to how it benefits you the most not just wheeling parts that you may not really need?
Save your money. Pull the bar off, throw it away. Save the funds for high steer.
I daily drove my 84 for 4 years with 3" lift springs and no bar. Never had a braking issue. I had the bar connected for the 1st week after the lift springs and it did what your saying yours does. I disconnected the bar and the trouble went away.
I hope he's teaching you more than just a couple weeks of mig. Just remember, a weld can look pretty but can be complete crap if you didn't get any penetration. I got lucky and didn't have to take welding at SLCC and got 2 years of learning mig welding. Truthfully I'd rather just pay someone with experience to weld the high steer and save yourself from wondering.
We are all here to help and learn from one another. I try not to make suggestions if I haven't had direct experience regarding the subject. I think you'll be fine without the bar. When your funds support it go for high steer and enjoy the ease of turning.
I only suggested at as people I know went through that class and when they told me about it I wasn't very impressed with the short amount of time. Don't get me wrong though, I'm sure he does a good job teaching it (I took my welding courses in high school). SLCC isn't a bad school, just get to the redwood campus ahead of time to actually find parking haha.