Hey guys/gals, wanna see what happens if you forget to put the pitman arm lock washer back in place when reinstalling your sector shaft brace?
Basically, the needle bearing housing gets crushed and locks the needles in place. It definitely tightens up the steering, too; but that's the wrong kind of tightening.
So I ordered a couple new bearings, lock washers, and nut studs. Replaced the washer and stud because they were noticeably worn:
Surprising the FSM does not require replacing the nut and washer with each install.
After about 40,000 mostly street miles, occasional trail rides, the nut stud had about a 50-60 thousandth groove where the needle bearing rides (and yes, that's with regular greasing haha). The groove was also not centered (50-60 thou on one side, down to about zero on the other). The off-center groove means that the bearing was probably binding or, wanting to hold the sector shaft a bit off of its neutral position if that makes sense.
Anyone have a good method for getting the brace / bearing more closely aligned so it's not constantly binding against the stud?
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