Dana 60 Crossover Steering
Dana 60 crossover steering instructions
Keep in mind
that while our main specialty is the GM fullsize trucks, most of our
steering components will work with other vehicles than just fullsize GM trucks, if you have a kingpin Dana 60 axle in
another vehicle type, let us know and we'll work out a
customized kit for you. We have assembled systems for
vehicles ranging from a simple GM D60 in a Jeep to oddballs like
axle GM trucks suffer from some serious steering problems, one
of the biggest is due to poor geometry. The factory GM
steering will fail to steer the truck when you're in twisted
offroad situations. In fact, there are many times when the
steering box is all the way to lock and the tires are pointed
straight! Our solution to this is a "crossover steering"
system where the draglink runs side to side instead of front to
back. This dramatically improves the steering geometry and makes
turning to the axle stops possible under all conditions.
Solid axle conversions virtually always need crossover steering
The parts required to do a crossover steering on a GM truck with
a Dana 60 front axle are pictured below:
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Complete ORD Crossover Steering Systems
Offroad Design crossover steering features:
We stock dozens of versions of our crossover
steering for specific trucks/lift heights and axles. Our draglinks are already cut to the correct length and directly
threaded (not welded). If needed the draglink is bent to
help tie rod end angle and to clear the engine/crossmember.
draglinks use heavy wall 1020 DOM tubing and the best possible
We spec out specific pitman arm options
depending on application.
We use the shortest tie rod ends possible (not OE draglink
ends) because that can be crucial for engine crossmember
clearance, often the offset bend needs to start as soon as
possible. Our tie rod ends are a metal-on-metal design for
the ultimate in durability, see details
on that here.
Our billet steel steering arms are built to
match the rest of our system and can be built to use the OE
spring or springless if you'd prefer.
You'll notice that the ORD steering arm
is cut on an angle where the tie rod end seats. This is to
correct for the kingpin axis inclination angle and keep the
angle on the rod end minimized for best life of the joint and
more vertical wheel travel without steering bind. We've
attempted crossover steering systems using arms that aren't
built with the angled end and the rod end was maxed out at ride
height with no droop available at all. This is an essential
feature for a properly built fully functional system.
A set of true
ARP studs tie the steering arm to
the knuckle, substatially stronger than grade 8 hardware!
Long story short, our crossover steering kits
are NOT generic at all. They are a matched system that
will bolt right on and get your truck steering lock to lock!
Here is a
breakdown of the individual kit parts and prices:
This is the arm attached to the steering box shaft. This is
available from ORD as part of our kit or separately if you like.
This one has ~3.5" of drop, tapered to the GM tie rod end taper,
6-1/2" center to center.
U9004 - $70.00
High clearance pitman arm:
This is the arm attached to the steering box
shaft. We use this flatter pitman arm for low lift
heights, it's also useful for clearance on solid axle conversion
trucks with driver's side differentials as clearance can be
This one has ~1.5" of drop, tapered to the GM tie rod end taper,
6-1/4" center to center
These are the arms that attach to the steering knuckles on the
axle. Each one is supplied with new tapered nuts, replacement
studs are available if required. All right hand steering
arms will have 2 holes so they can be upgraded to our High Steer
conversion later if necessary. All D60 arms are also drilled with the extra bolt hole
to bolt on Dedenbear HD knuckles or factory GM, Ford and Dodge
D60 knuckles. Tapered for '73-'87 GM tie rod ends, not
arms are available on request at the same price, also available
drilled for 3/4" heim joint.
Right Hand (passenger side) D60 Steering Arm
U9001 - $150.00
Set of 4 ARP high strength, 190,000+ psi studs only, nuts are
available for $1/ea, make a note of that if buying online
U9002 - $33.00
This is the link that ties the pitman arm and steering arm
We will sell
the threaded tube and the ends separate if you wish. If you have
a GM truck, we can usually build your draglink from lengths we
have on file. For some GM applications and for other vehicle
types, we will need a measurement for the draglink.
Available straight or bent. For trucks with more than 12"
of lift call us.
U9015 - $95.00
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specify what truck you have, how much lift, what steering arm
you are using and if you are using tie rod ends or heims*
1 LH, 1 RH
with jam nuts and castle nuts. These are a new HD end with angle capability
similar to a GM draglink end but with the short strong shank of
a tie rod end.
Our tie rod
ends are manufactured specifically for us. Factory GM
draglink ends have good angle capacity, but have long shanks
that can cause clearance issues. Factory GM tie rod ends
are nice and short, but have very little angle capacity.
Our ends are built with the best of both worlds, this is crucial
in some applications (particularly 67-87 GM straight axle
trucks) as many times the bend in the draglink has to start as
soon as possible to clear the engine crossmember, the extra
shank on draglink ends makes that impossible.
our tie rod ends are a metal-on-metal design with a preload
spring on the bearing race (sort of like the upper kingpin on a
Dana 60), that helps keep the joint tight even as the parts
wear. Many joints are built with a plastic race that don't
hold up well, see the picture below. Additionally, the
plastic ends don't appear to have a heat treat, our band saw
flew right through them. Notice the appearance of the
metal-on-metal end (at left), it was very difficult to cut due to the heat
U9016-P - $95/pair
Replacement tie rod end boots,
polyurethane, black. These work equally well on '67-'87
('91) tie rod or draglink ends.
Sector shaft nut/washer for 2WD
steering box (or most any Saginaw box),
7/8"-14. $9 for the nut and washer
Tall Truck Crossover Steering: For trucks
with over 8" of lift, we offer our crossover kit with a billet
ORD riser block and ARP stud kit to raise the right side
steering arm. We do not recommend using our High Steer system on
kits that use our billet steering block since both arms would
have to be on top of steering blocks placing even more stress on
the knuckle tops. The tie rod damage solution in this situation
is to run our 1.5" heavy duty tie rod in the stock location. Our
HD tie rods are VERY resistant to bending and stand up to a lot
we do custom draglinks for trucks over 12" of lift. Call
Kingpin Dana 60 steering block, billet steel,
2.25" tall, for '67-'87('91) with 1 ton front axle and 5" of
lift or more
U9018 - $85
ARP stud kit for our billet steering block.
Steering blocks have a reputation for shearing the studs due to
poor quality metal, this is where that stops. We build our
block to match these super strong (190,000+ psi, far beyond
grade 8 strength) ARP studs and failures have been non-existent
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