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D17 Steering Rods

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D Gatz

01-29-2003 13:20:54

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Do the steering rods on a D17 Series IV WideFront come apart from the steering arm by use of an automotvie "pickle fork".
Is a lot of pounding req'd?
If so, are new boots needed?
Thnx, Gatz

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01-29-2003 21:54:47

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 Re: D17 Steering Rods in reply to D Gatz, 01-29-2003 13:20:54  
Lacking the fork, you can accomplish the same by removing the castle nut, re-install it upside down, tighten up a jack under the cast steering arm, and with a large drift pin, WHACK it with a BFH! Heat is optional, new boots depend on damage to the old ones.

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david l wilson

01-29-2003 23:20:43

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 Re: Re: D17 Steering Rods in reply to JMS/MN, 01-29-2003 21:54:47  
yes they are and while a bfh works if you have a pickle fork it is better. and yes sometimes you need both because they can be stubborn even with a pickle fork. good luck david l wilson

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01-31-2003 20:43:25

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 Re: Re: Re: D17 Steering Rods in reply to david l wilson, 01-29-2003 23:20:43  
Thnx for input, guys....I went ahead and used a pickle fork and got 2 ends fairly easy. One nut and tapered shaft were loose; so no problem. The last one was a bear. The pickle fork only went so far and then ran out of taper to force the rod end out. I did exactly what JMS had described, but.....about 6 hours b/4 I read the post. I used 3 bricks for spacers and a short length of scrap square tubing. A coupla good whacks with the aforementioned BFH and out it came. The important part is to provide a rigid "bucking" plus I also had the front end up off the tire....worked great.

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