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Frustration
#1
Getting down to the end of the suspension/steering rebuild
Ordered rag joint from JEGS, wrong one came. (the guy on the phone assured me it was correct.)
Tried to put the idler arm on and found that the holes were a hair off, so now, looking at the old one, I will "slightly" drill out a mount hole on the bracket like the old one.
Installed and torqued the rebuilt steering box last week, but now realize I will have to loosen it (take 2 bolts out) and pivot it so I can put the rag joint on "wherever" I get the correct one.
Back to the idler arm............... still confused where the 2 metal and one rubber washer go....they fit over the stud on the drag link, but in what order.
Sorry, just venting. I wanted to be driving by now, but still have my pitman arm on backorder too..ARGGGGGHHHH!!!!!!!!!!
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#2
I hear you about trying to get the proper parts these days.

I don't know if this applies here or not but on some cars the easiest way to do a rag jount is to loosen the steering column and slide it back rather than move the box.


Good luck with getting it done.
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#3
If jegs still gets it wrong, I just replaced my rag joint with a polyurethane flex coupler from cjpony parts. Had to grind out the rubber joints pins, but other than that it was easy cheesy. As for the idler arm, my new one came completely assembled. I bought the steering kit from Lauren mountain mustangs and it came complete with all tie rods and adjusting sleeves, idler arm, center link and hardware. I purchased my pitman arm from Dallas mustang for $30! And replaced my steering box with a rebuilt one from oreilly auto parts. I also completely replaced all front suspension with parts from cj pony and no problems at all with fit. I know this doesn't help much, but maybe give you new resources if you decide to order different parts.

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71_resurrection;192449 Wrote:If jegs still gets it wrong, I just replaced my rag joint with a polyurethane flex coupler from cjpony parts. Had to grind out the rubber joints pins, but other than that it was easy cheesy. As for the idler arm, my new one came completely assembled. I bought the steering kit from Lauren mountain mustangs and it came complete with all tie rods and adjusting sleeves, idler arm, center link and hardware. I purchased my pitman arm from Dallas mustang for $30! And replaced my steering box with a rebuilt one from oreilly auto parts. I also completely replaced all front suspension with parts from cj pony and no problems at all with fit. I know this doesn't help much, but maybe give you new resources if you decide to order different parts.
I got my suspension arms links and springs from RockAuto, had the steering box rebuilt from Autozone, steering pump and lines from O Reillys, spring perches, insulators, tie rod ends, adjust sleeves and bump stops from ebay pitman arm and idler arm from Mustangs unlimited and rag joint from JEGS.......the last three items are what is giving me brain damageHuh
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71_resurrection;192449 Wrote:If jegs still gets it wrong, I just replaced my rag joint with a polyurethane flex coupler from cjpony parts. Had to grind out the rubber joints pins, but other than that it was easy cheesy. As for the idler arm, my new one came completely assembled. I bought the steering kit from Lauren mountain mustangs and it came complete with all tie rods and adjusting sleeves, idler arm, center link and hardware. I purchased my pitman arm from Dallas mustang for $30! And replaced my steering box with a rebuilt one from oreilly auto parts. I also completely replaced all front suspension with parts from cj pony and no problems at all with fit. I know this doesn't help much, but maybe give you new resources if you decide to order different parts.

I also bought the rag joint coupler from CJ. I still have not started putting it together, but just curious about the grinding you refer to. Did you just make the hole bigger for the pins to "float", or what did you do?
Also, I did not find the Pitman arm in the Dallas Mustang website, do you remember what part # was it?
thanks.

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1971 M-Code Mach 1 w/Ram Air, 408 stroker, 285/291 0.558" roller cam, Blue Thunder intake, TKO600, Hooker headers with electric cut-offs, FiTech EFI w/ RobBMC PowerSurge pump
4-wheel disc brakes
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#6
correct joint kit if you need it, has the correct pins

http://www.mustangsunlimited.com/itemdy0...W120025+01
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72HCODE;211463 Wrote:correct joint kit if you need it, has the correct pins

http://www.mustangsunlimited.com/itemdy0...W120025+01

Thanks and also found the Pitman arm at Mustangs Unlimited at a reasonable price,
http://www.mustangsunlimited.com/itemdy0...T1=P71P+01
They may be getting a order from me soon.

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1971 M-Code Mach 1 w/Ram Air, 408 stroker, 285/291 0.558" roller cam, Blue Thunder intake, TKO600, Hooker headers with electric cut-offs, FiTech EFI w/ RobBMC PowerSurge pump
4-wheel disc brakes
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