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Pitman Arm

Discussion in 'Ford Trucks' started by fej70, Jul 29, 2010.

  1. fej70

    fej70 Junior Member
    Messages: 21

    I have a 1996 f350 Powerstroke in the shop for winter prep. The pitman arm has rubbed a groove in the Hiniker plow mount. Everything measures out, and nothing appears to be bent on the truck frame or mount. Would a shorter pitman arm, or a dropped pitman arm affect the steering in any way? Has anyone ever had or seen this problem?

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    Last edited: Jul 29, 2010
  2. MickiRig1

    MickiRig1 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,617

    Talk to Hiniker I am sure the plow is on a few F-350's. Might of been a brain fart on someone's part on the install. I know of one F-250 with no problems. He loves the plow.
  3. sno commander

    sno commander PlowSite.com Addict
    from ct
    Messages: 1,063

    i would think modifing the pitnam arm would change the geometry of the steering. try lossining the plow mount bolts maybe theres a liitle wiggle room and you can bang it forward a little.then if it clears put another bolt in or tack the mount to the frame.
  4. fej70

    fej70 Junior Member
    Messages: 21

    I was thinking about loosening the bolts and move it forward a little, I have to take it off to replace the steering linkage anyways. If I have to i could always oblong the mounting holes. i only need about 1/2 inch or less to make it clear.

    According to the dealer as well as the alignment shop, messing with the pitman arm will keep the truck from turning sharp. It doesnt turn that sharp anyway so I dont want to loose any more than I have to.

    I do like the hiniker, and this is the first of any problems I have had or heard of like this.

    Thats tomorrows project. Thanks for the replies. I will post when I get it done.