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Author Topic: 1994 3500HD are there any turning radious modification to get a better turning?  (Read 267 times)

SQ is the SQUAD

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i drove a 2001 c3500hd wrecker for a few years. i knew the turning radius was not much, but it always made due. i recently brought a 94 3500hd and i sweat the turning radius is not half of what my 01 had. is there any modifications i could do to get a better turning radious out of my 94 3500hd?

SQ is the SQUAD

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digging a little deeper on rock auto, the 98-up have a different steering gear box than the 94. i cross referenced the ac delco part numbers, units look identical. i am willing to buy a newer steering gear to see if it gives me more turning radius.

ED-NY

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Do you have a part number...I have an extra 3500HD steering box but don't know what year it is.

someotherguy

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A different steering box isn't going to net a change in turning radius.  What's limiting you are the stops built into the suspension, typically on the spindles (steering knuckle.)  The stops are there to prevent the tire/wheel (and in some cases brake caliper/rotor) from impacting steering linkage, leaf springs, etc. 

There may be some room for minor improvement if you jack the truck up and support it by the axle so the suspension is in its normal resting position, have a helper turn the wheel from lock to lock and see what items might interfere with each other if you were to open up the stops.  You may be able to modify the stops slightly to allow more turn before parts hit.  Obviously measure twice, cut once, the results of going too far could be dangerous under operating conditions.

Richard
06 Silverado ISS / 06 Silverado SS / 06 300C SRT8

 


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