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    Talked to Bubba today and we both agreed looking at the video that the stud isn't moving in the pitman arm so the ream should be correct and it looks like just a bad TRE. Gonna get a new one sent out and hopefully it will steer better haha. Another big shout out to Bubba for some awesome customer service and quick reply to my PM here last night. 100% will keep giving him my $$$ haha

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    Quote Originally Posted by desertrunner View Post
    Talked to Bubba today and we both agreed looking at the video that the stud isn't moving in the pitman arm so the ream should be correct and it looks like just a bad TRE. Gonna get a new one sent out and hopefully it will steer better haha. Another big shout out to Bubba for some awesome customer service and quick reply to my PM here last night. 100% will keep giving him my $$$ haha

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    Thanks man, hopefully it was just a dud TRE. Trying to get that shipped out to you today!


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    Ok a couple things to update here.
    1. Bubba is amazing. He watched my video and no questions asked sent me out a new TRE. awesome customer service!
    2. I'm pretty confident this is the source of my sloppy steering feeling. Put the new TRE in tonight and the steering already feels tighter and much better than it did before.
    3. I still have some suspicion that part of this issue is my fault with the ream. Before driving anywhere I had the wife turn the wheel back and forth again and it still looks to me like I have some vertical movement in the TRE. (Video below) maybe it's the ream? Maybe it's that I'm not torquing it down hard enough? I'm not sure but I don't think I'm quite done trouble shooting this. I had a hell of a time reaming the pitman arm to start and ended up with striations and an uneven cut. When I finally got the drill on it it smoothed out. BUT while it feels smooth to the touch it does have the striated look to it. I took a picture of the old TRE and you can see the stripe looking contact points....

    https://youtu.be/OgGuswOft3w20191209_210552.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by desertrunner View Post
    Ok a couple things to update here.
    1. Bubba is amazing. He watched my video and no questions asked sent me out a new TRE. awesome customer service!
    2. I'm pretty confident this is the source of my sloppy steering feeling. Put the new TRE in tonight and the steering already feels tighter and much better than it did before.
    3. I still have some suspicion that part of this issue is my fault with the ream. Before driving anywhere I had the wife turn the wheel back and forth again and it still looks to me like I have some vertical movement in the TRE. (Video below) maybe it's the ream? Maybe it's that I'm not torquing it down hard enough? I'm not sure but I don't think I'm quite done trouble shooting this. I had a hell of a time reaming the pitman arm to start and ended up with striations and an uneven cut. When I finally got the drill on it it smoothed out. BUT while it feels smooth to the touch it does have the striated look to it. I took a picture of the old TRE and you can see the stripe looking contact points....

    https://youtu.be/OgGuswOft3w20191209_210552.jpg

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    Maybe it’s my imagination but I think there’s some up and down movement, noticeable between the pitman arm and the TRE nut.


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    Quote Originally Posted by fiend View Post
    Maybe it’s my imagination but I think there’s some up and down movement, noticeable between the pitman arm and the TRE nut.


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    I'm not seeing it but I have been staring at this thing for a while so it's possible I'm missing it. I'll have to steer test it again tomorrow and get my fingers in there to feel around and see if there is any movement at the top. Not sure what the torque spec is supposed to be for these or how I would even get a torque wrench in there so I have been using my judgement on tight enough to get the cotter in the castle nut and maybe it's just not enough.
    I reamed it with a drill and the pitman arm in a vice. The surface felt smooth and the reamer had no wobble in it and fit tight in the taper. So maybe the torque is really my issue.

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