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Old 11-16-2014, 08:16 PM
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Hey guys, I'm new to this thread. I just recently ordered 2" drop spindles, cut 1/2 a coil of the springs and I put drop blocks in the back. While I was at it I replaced both upper and lower ball joints along and now when you get over 10 miles an hour and try to turn you start hearing the power steering pump binding up. Doesn't make noise when you are moving it around at slow speeds in a driveway. Jacked it up can't hear anything rubbing, no brake issues and the upper control arms were shaved for clearance. Not sure what going on so I'm looking for some advice
 
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Real bad alignment? Get down on your stomach behind the back bumper and sight along the back tire and you will see about an inch of the front tire and what its doing. Then have it towed to an alignment shop. You can ruin a set of tires in about 50mi

Also check that the brake caliper doesn't hit the control arm, full left; full right; full up; and full down. Almost hit a Rolls Royce & and a cop car.
 

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When we were installing the spindles and got the belltechs on and bolted up with everything but the tie rod, the spindles were tight to move back and forth and normally with out the tie rod they usual flop back and forth. Didn't know if that was normal with drop spindles?
 
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Did you clearance around the upper bj? Dont forget that clearance changes with suspension travel
 
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Yeah its clearanced for the calibers. But its tight without the hub and the brakes. Just with the spindles bolted up
 
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Originally Posted by Prescott141 View Post
Yeah its clearanced for the calibers. But its tight without the hub and the brakes. Just with the spindles bolted up
Naw! its binding around the ball joint!
 
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What part would you have to clear. I cleared where the belltech instructions said for the brakes
 
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The radial flange around the upper BJ. .Also the rims' inner lip is close to the lower CA depending on wheel diameter and offset.
 
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The wheel is clear. Are their any DIY for the upper ball joints? Been searching around on a bunch of forums but can't find anyone with the same issue
 
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If you have disconnected the pitman from the center link and the steering goes full travel without binding, its not that. If you have disconnected the spindleS from the tie rods you should be able to see the bind point. Again look to the upper bj area. Spindle to A arm clearance. Report back.
 
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