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    Alignment

    Just wondering - to adjust the toe in/out, can I simply loosen the jam nut on the steering arm, and rotate the shaft coming out of the steering rack versus the banging off of the arm from the spindle? This would also give me a more precise adjustment (not having to do a full rotation) and take away the challenging removal of the steering arm from the spindle. I did loosen the jam nut and put a channel lock on the steering rack shaft to see if it would turn - it seemed very snug, and didn't want to apply too much force. If you can adjust that way, I do see the boot may need to be rotated back from a twist.

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    That is how you adjust it. Loosen the jam nut and rotate the inner tie rod. Some have flats that make it easier for a wrench. Some don't. You don't want or need to remove the tie rod end from the spindle unless you're making really major adjustments, and (hopefully) that was done at time of assembly. You don't want to twist the steering rack boot though. It maybe necessary to remove and/or loosen the clamp on the small end. Also I usually put a little grease under the small end of the boot to make it easier to turn.
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    THANK YOU!
    On to wiring!

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    My steering arm doesn’t have the flats so a wrench would fit. What’s the best way to turn the arm without scratching it up. I tried channel locks but that was pretty tough and was scratching the arm.
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    Check out Kootenai Valley Customs he sells a bump steer kit. It will make for easy adjustment on the toe

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    Quote Originally Posted by rychi1 View Post
    My steering arm doesn’t have the flats so a wrench would fit. What’s the best way to turn the arm without scratching it up. I tried channel locks but that was pretty tough and was scratching the arm.
    Read about this idea in another thread on this subject: Put two nuts on the end of the inner tie rod. To adjust alignment, back them off the tie rod end and then jam against each other. Use these two nuts to turn the inner tie rod. When done, tighten them both back against the tie rod end. Haven't tried it myself. But no reason it wouldn't work. And save the finish on your inner tie rod.
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    I like that idea! Getting ready to build my Kit. Perfect timing.
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