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post #1 of 5 Old 07-14-2015, 03:01 PM Thread Starter
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Can the stock drag link end at pitman arm limit droop?

I have the synergy drag link flip, which uses a new bar that threads over the stock pitman arm rod end. I dropped my front axle to pull my springs today and couldn't get the passenger side to drop as low as the driver side. I had to use a spring compressor on the passenger side but the driver was no problem without one.

I can't think of anything that might limit the droop more on the passenger side than the driver. I have synergy track bar, synergy adjustable control arms, and the synergy drag link on their trackbar bracket. The only thing I can think of that might cause restriction is the stock rod end at the pitman arm? I mean once I disconnected my swaybar links and 11" travel Bilstein shocks I could only get the axle to drop like another 1.5" past the shock limit.
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You might have to pop the knuckle side TRE out to get the droop you need for pulling the springs. Drag link can affect droop but generally not a limiting factor as there's enough articulation in the TREs in regular service. As you learned, getting that that extra you need to swap springs can be an issue on passenger. Removing the track bar bolt at the bracket, and the knuckle side TRE usual will allow you to drop them right out.


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Could also be the driveshaft hanging on the exhaust skid bar/skid plate. I had to loosen it when I was installing my 2.5" MetalCloak coils. If I was installing 3.5" coils I probably would've had to disconnect the draglink.

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I agree with Sok66. Disconnect the trackbar and that will allow the axle to drop more. I typically start with pulling the bolt off the trackbar, pull the shock off the axle and that will normally do the trick. Be careful if this is your first time doing a lift, you can over extend your brake lines if your not careful. Depending on how far you have to push down go ahead and pull your calipers off and zip tie them up while your doing the lift!

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Thanks for the replies guys. I found part of my issue I had previously trimmed the lower control arm brackets on the axle cause my arms were hitting the corners of them at full droop. Here's a before and after you can see how I had to knock the inner corners of the brackets off at a 45 degree angle:




After doing the spring swap I mentioned in my op above I found evidence of the arms having hit the center of the lca brackets now so I went ahead and trimmed them back another 1/4" in the centers as well. But I still think the joint at the pitman arm end of the drag link is limiting my droop on the passenger side.
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