'dropped' Pitman Arm

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    studsZ28 Veteran Member

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    Im in the process of swapping a LS1 into my 81 Camaro, and I ran across a issue with the Pitman arm contacting the alternator. I was able to locate a 'dropped' Pitman Arm but am wondering what idler arm and other components I need to keep the steering geometry correct. Ive read and found that I should be fine if I swap to the 79 Firebird set-up, But I found that there are two different idler arms... A shorter straight arm (measures at about 5 1/8" CC) or a bent longer arm (measures at about 6 1/8" CC).

    Im looking at MOOG for the steering components so having their part numbers would be great. Any and All help would be great!

    Thank you, Ben
     
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    Put 1/4" spacers under the motor mounts.

    You'll have to compensate for driveline angle change if it's a big change.
    Samething I'm doing with my 1970 442 LS swap right now to clear the steering linkage.

    [​IMG]
     
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    search ..... steering box update.....cover all that stuff :)
     
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    Thanks, Ill have to keep looking. Thank you fbird.

    Thanks for the idea Aces, I just might have to do that. Just gotta make sure I have enough room in my trans tunnel. It looks a lil tight.

    Thank you both for your time,
    Ben
     
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    When I swapped to the drop pitman, I also change the idler to the different one to keep stuff in line. The car seems to handle quicker but that may just be in my head.
     
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    What idler arm did you use? Any measurements on the length? Is it straight or does it have a drop as well?
     
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    Did you keep the stock camaro drag link? They are expensive...Might as well find a Corvette pulley system if I need to swap that out too...It would be cheaper
     
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    After all my searches....I couldnt find any difference between the DS883 and the DS829, except the 883 was a V6 link for Camaro and V6/V8 center link for early year F-birds....

    Does anyone have pictures???
     
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    I only swapped the pitman and idler out, I used my Camaro center link with the TA stuff
     
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    1971CamaroGuy LS Swapped 1971 Camaro

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