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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-02-2008, 08:15 PM Thread Starter
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Idler, Pitman

How hard is it to replace the idler/pitman? Can you do it without any special tools? My buddy took his truck in for alignment and they told him they wanted $495 for the parts. MA has them alot cheaper than that, so we were going to do it ourselves.
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-03-2008, 02:37 AM
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Do it yourself, if I can do it...

Idler arm
Tools Required
J 24319-B Universal Steering Linkage Puller
J 29193 Steering Linkage Installer (12 mm)
J 29194 Steering Linkage Installer (14 mm)

Pitman arm
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J 6632-01 Pitman Arm Puller
J 29193Steering Linkage Installer (12 mm)
J 29194 Steering Linkage Installer (14 mm)
J 29107-A Universal Pitman Arm Puller
J 24319-B Universal Steering Linkage Puller

I had to borrow the steering linkage puller, maybe autozone or advance will rent them?? Definately saves some time. I was told I could use a pickle fork for removal but it's really easy to damage the bushing. Hang-on....
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Pain in the @$$. I had to use my plasma cutter to remove the pitman arm. Idler isn't too bad with a fork.

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I was trying to post pics, but I can't get them to paste or attach. I'll try to email them to you tomorrow.
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Wayne, do you have access to airtools? If so, use an airhammer with a hammer bit to get the idler off the centerlink. Merchant did that to mine. If not, the conventional methods will work, too.

Pittman....whoa boy. Absolute PITA! Find a compact pittman arm puller...thats the only way to do it. You'll probably have to loosen or remove the steering box bolts so you can shift the steering box.. JUST WATCH OUT when you do that...you can pull the steering assembly apart.

Eric also took the two U-brackets off the sway bar and twisted it down, so he had more room to work.

I HIGHLY recommend you install the Cognito Idler/pittman braces while you're doing this. If nothing else, they will prolong the life of the new parts.
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As it turns out now, we have a buddy that owns a small shop that said he will do the work for a deal. I keep trying to talk him into the Cognito's, but he thinks they are snake oil

I have them on my LBZ, and when we take the lift off the LB7 I am going to put them on it.
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Send your firend this link: http://cognitomotorsports.com/store/page12.html
They cost the same as the parts themselves, so if he plans on keeping his truck it'll be worth it.
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With the TDG discount he can get them for less than $200 from Merchant, I will try and talk him into them. He is putting on sleeves.
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takin the lift off wayne? that truck looks sweet the way it sits.
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At least he's installing sleeves.
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