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Need pitman arm install help

davy crockett

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January 3, 2010
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City, State
British Columbia
Year, Model & Trim Level
1993 XL
My fa600 pitman finally showed, it's the last piece I'm waiting on to finish my project, but I'm having a bit of trouble with it.

I can't get the pitman to seat fully on the steering shaft no matter how hard I crank on the nut. I don't have air so I'm torquing it on with a ratchet and a big cheater bar. There's about 1/8 an inch yet before the splines on the output shaft are flush with the bottom of the pitman. It's not much but I don't want to take any chances with something so critical and I'm sure the stock arm seated fully.

I have a picture of how far it's on the shaft now, I now the quality is poor but does this look typical?


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thats the way mine looks.i believe its tapered

It is tapered. I just wasn't sure if the pitman should seat further or not. Looking at it today, not after a 10 hour day working on it, I can see the arm is as far on the spline as it can go. I'm going with it.