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You may be getting yourself into trouble with the tierod on the front side of the axle! Those steering arms are set up for correct Ackerman angles when the tierod is behind the axle. They wont work right on the front side unless they're either bent, cut and welded, or somehow reworked so the ends of the tierod intersect an imaginary line from the tierod end, through the kingpin, to the opposite side rear wheel. Lots of work to make that happen, so best to put it on the backside.
Is there a reason you put it on the front? If it's the calipers, you can put them on the front side, and move tierod to the backside. If it's the steering you can move the tierod to the top two spindle bolts, so it's above the spring. Or you can buy another pair of arms from Speedway, and put another on the top two bolts to connect the drag link to.
 

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You may be getting yourself into trouble with the tierod on the front side of the axle! Those steering arms are set up for correct Ackerman angles when the tierod is behind the axle. They wont work right on the front side unless they're either bent, cut and welded, or somehow reworked so the ends of the tierod intersect an imaginary line from the tierod end, through the kingpin, to the opposite side rear wheel. Lots of work to make that happen, so best to put it on the backside.
Is there a reason you put it on the front? If it's the calipers, you can put them on the front side, and move tierod to the backside. If it's the steering you can move the tierod to the top two spindle bolts, so it's above the spring. Or you can buy another pair of arms from Speedway, and put another on the top two bolts to connect the drag link to.

if this is true mine is setup wrong.
mine is on front and I have bolt tie rod bend problems.
 

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You may be getting yourself into trouble with the tierod on the front side of the axle! Those steering arms are set up for correct Ackerman angles when the tierod is behind the axle. They wont work right on the front side unless they're either bent, cut and welded, or somehow reworked so the ends of the tierod intersect an imaginary line from the tierod end, through the kingpin, to the opposite side rear wheel. Lots of work to make that happen, so best to put it on the backside.
Is there a reason you put it on the front? If it's the calipers, you can put them on the front side, and move tierod to the backside. If it's the steering you can move the tierod to the top two spindle bolts, so it's above the spring. Or you can buy another pair of arms from Speedway, and put another on the top two bolts to connect the drag link to.
I realized that after I bolted everything together 🤦‍♂️. I’m going to change it around on my next day off (whenever that will be) my wheels will be here on Thurs. so that will be a good reason to do it asap. Thanks for the heads up!
 

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What happens with bad Ackerman angles is the front tires fight each other by not turning in the same parallel. The sharper you turn, the more the tire(s) will want to slide sideways, or scrub as you're turning. So it's very important if you make sharper turns, but might not be noticed in just minor steering corrections. I've seen cars with bad Ackerman angles that were almost impossible to push forward or back by hand as there was soo much resistance that even a few big guys could barely move the car either direction.

 

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Vall is right, I did that too and could not even move the car. since switching, I can push the car back and forth with 1 hand.
 

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Got her on her feet finally. Also changed the tie rod location (thanks Vall!) Now I can roll it around.
 

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Great build started. Hey we all learn as we go. I’ve done some real whacky stuff on my builds and learned the hard way. Welcome to the site.
 
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