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Old 02-08-2011, 08:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Fabtech 6 inch lift question

Does the fabtech 6 inch lift for a 2007 dodge ram 2500 4x4 really just use the factory pitman arm?? I was going to add the custom diesel steering brace and was looking under the truck and it looks like it has the factory pitman arm, is this true??? Also am upgrading to the new 08 suspension so need to know.

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Old 02-08-2011, 11:04 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The fact that an aftermarket drop pitman arm looks identical to a stock pitman arm can make it confusing. The drop comes from the taper in the new arm. It is reversed so the drag link installs at the bottom of the pitman arm instead of from the top, if it were stock. If your drag link goes to the bottom of the arm, you have a drop pitman arm. If it goes to the top still, you have a factory arm. Chances are you have a drop arm as they use a track bar drop w/ that kit and you have to keep those angles running parallel w/ each other.
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Old 02-09-2011, 01:26 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks for the clarification!! I was so confused after looking under the truck and looked like it had been on their a while and then trying to find pics of stock ones and they looked the exact same. But it attaches to the bottom so it must be the drop pitman arm! Thanks again for your help!
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I have a similar setup to Motoman25 and want to do the same thing (go to the upgraded Mopar steering kit). I have an '06 2500 with a Fabtech 6" lift and the link is on the bottom so I guess I have the extended pitman.

My question is - do I need anything other than the Mopar upgrade kit? Do I need a new pitman arm or will the one I have work with the new kit?

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You will need a 08.5+ style steering damper like the Carli low mount, I am sure others will work but why bother.
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I have a similar setup to Motoman25 and want to do the same thing (go to the upgraded Mopar steering kit). I have an '06 2500 with a Fabtech 6" lift and the link is on the bottom so I guess I have the extended pitman.

My question is - do I need anything other than the Mopar upgrade kit? Do I need a new pitman arm or will the one I have work with the new kit?

Thanks a ton in advance!
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You will need the newer style steering stabilizer but don't bother with the $140 Mopar unit and just go with the Carli Low Mount.

As far as the pitman arm goes do you have a pic of it? The older ones didn't have the additional bend in it that can cause the TRE at the pitman arm to bind very easilly. You could always check with Fabtech about the pitman arm as they did have some that were recalled.
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I still don't know what I need to do the conversion. I contacted Fabtech but their reply makes it sound as if I'll be changing my gearbox (which I wasn't planning on unless it's a requirement).

Here's my conversation with Fabtech tech support:

Me: "I bought my truck used and it has a 6" Fabtech lift on it. I want to upgrade my steering to the '08 & up Mopar steering upgrade kit. Will I need a different pitman arm?"

Fabtech: "Yes you will, my understanding is dodge is using a gear box from a 2009 up model trucks. Part number you need to order is fts93012 from any offroad retailer.
Thank you"

Here are 2 pics of my pitman arm (taken from drivers' side wheel well):




Any clarity would be much appreciated :-)

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Old 07-25-2012, 11:32 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Bump. Anyone know if I'll need a different pitman arm?
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Bump. Anyone know if I'll need a different pitman arm?
Assuming that your truck still uses the original style 03-08 steering box, I wouls suggest changing you pitman arm to the newer one from Pure Performance. It has the added angle at the TRE end to keep the TRE from operating in a bind situation.
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Thanks for the info Skyd Ram.

I'm almost ready to pull the trigger but have one final question. Should I change out my steering box to the newer style as well? Do most folks think that's a worthwhile upgrade? It sounds like I need to decide on that before I order the pitman arm.
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Can I get all this stuff though you @8lug?

I'm ready to move forward - my truck wanders the road making me look like a prime suspect for a DUI :-)

I can move my steering wheel 3-4" to the right, then left while going down the road at 60mph and the truck doesn't respond. I've replaced the tie rod ends, ball joints, and trackbar and it still sucks.

So... I'm thinking: Mopar steering upgrade kit, Carli low mount stabilizer, steering box stablizer, Pure performance pitman arm, and newer Mopar steering box.

My tires are shot and I want to do all this just before I put new tires on.

Thoughts? Part#'s? lol
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