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Genright Twisted Pitman Arm & Tool

Article written by Doc Jones

Date Added: 11/11/2012

Jeeps leave the factory as well designed, reliable, bulletproof vehicles that will last a lifetime? until we start screwing with them.

Enter the wonderful world of aftermarket parts.

If you have lifted a Jeep then you most assuredly have noticed the pitman arm to draglink ball joint (or heim if you?ve swapped out the factory parts) angle is no longer ideal. Actually, it?s borderline dangerous. Installing a drop pitman arm helps relieve the torqued joint, but can introduce other problems like bumpsteer. Even at stock height, the joint is operating at less-than-ideal angles, and the problem is only exacerbated by a lift.

Let me explain on a traditional pitman arm/heim joint setup (pictured). This Jeep sits on a 4 - 5? lift. Un-flexed and sitting level, it is clear the heim is not neutral in its range of movement allowing for full range of movement up or down. Instead, with not too much suspension flex, the downward range of the joint will be limited. This means loads are transferred onto the steering box, which is not a load-bearing component of a Jeep suspension.
Genright has addressed this well known, but ignored, problem in an elegantly simple way - by creating a twisted pitman arm.
Simply twisting the pitman arm to match the angle of the draglink sets the joint to zero, or neutral. This means the joint has a full range of motion, up or down. This prevents the steering box from trying to limit suspension travel and dramatically reduces unnecessary wear on the joint.
(Photo: Genright Off Road)
MOABJEEPER Magazine at SEMA 2012

Final Thoughts

In MOABJEEPER Magazine?s opinion this was the best new product of the 2012 SEMA Show. No it wasn?t flashy. However, not every idea has to be brand new to revolutionize the world. In this case, Genright built a better mouse trap and corrected a long ignored, inherent flaw when lifting a Jeep.

Purchase / Vendor Info

Vendor Name: Gen-Right Offroad
Address: 1816 Angus, Unit A
Semi VAlley , CA 93063
Phone: 805-584-8635
Contact Person: Tony Pellegrino
E-Mail Address:
Website: www.genright.com
 

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