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Dana 60 Crossover and High Steer Kits


A common problem is tie rod damage and our solution to that is our Crossover and High Steer kit which places the tie rod over the leaf springs so that it's out of the way of any trail obstacles.

At left you can see the tie rod totally above the axle and out of the way.

Dana 60 crossover and high steer instructions

Keep in mind that while our main specialty is the GM fullsize trucks, most of our steering components will work with other vehicles than just fullsize GM trucks, if you have a kingpin Dana 60 axle in another vehicle type, let us know and we'll work out a customized kit for you.  We have assembled systems for vehicles ranging from a simple GM D60 in a Jeep to oddballs like van conversions.

The straight axle GM trucks suffer from some serious steering problems, one of the biggest is due to poor geometry.  The factory GM steering will fail to steer the truck when you're in twisted offroad situations.  In fact, there are many times when the steering box is all the way to lock and the tires are pointed straight!  Our solution to this is a "crossover steering" system where the draglink runs side to side instead of front to back. This dramatically improves the steering geometry and makes turning to the axle stops possible under all conditions.

The parts required to do a Crossover and High Steer on a GM truck with a Dana 60 front axle are pictured below:


You can see that the High Steer is the same as the crossover kit plus the left side steering arm and the new tie rod.  This means you can install the basic crossover kit and then upgrade to the high steer system at any time.  The complete High Steer kit as pictured above is $800.00,
including a pair of the ARP knuckle stud kits. 

Additionally we have a bracket to mount a hydraulic assist cylinder to the axle for use with our high steer system for $35 that can be found here.

 

Offroad Design crossover steering features:

We stock dozens of versions of our crossover steering for specific trucks/lift heights and axles.  Our draglinks are already cut to the correct length and directly threaded (not welded).  If needed the draglink is bent to help tie rod end angle and to clear the engine/crossmember.  Our draglinks use heavy wall 1020 DOM tubing and the best possible construction techniques.

We spec out specific pitman arm options depending on application.

We use the shortest tie rod ends possible (not OE draglink ends) because that can be crucial for engine crossmember clearance, often the offset bend needs to start as soon as possible.  Our tie rod ends are a metal-on-metal design for the ultimate in durability, see details on that here.

Our billet steel steering arms are built to match the rest of our system and can be built to use the OE spring or springless if you'd prefer.  You'll notice that the ORD steering arm is cut on an angle where the tie rod end seats. This is to correct for the kingpin axis inclination angle and keep the angle on the rod end minimized for best life of the joint and more vertical wheel travel without steering bind. We've attempted crossover steering systems using arms that aren't built with the angled end and the rod end was maxed out at ride height with no droop available at all. This is an essential feature for a properly built fully functional system.

A set of true ARP studs tie the steering arm to the knuckle, substatially stronger than grade 8 hardware!

Long story short, our crossover steering kits are NOT generic at all.  They are a matched system that will bolt right on and get your truck steering lock to lock!

 

Complete ORD Crossover and High Steer Systems:

Click on the link of the truck and axle you have
 

If your application isn't listed, call us and we'll get you what you need!

Factory solid axle GM trucks (i.e. 67-87 type body style) require a 2WD steering box for crossover steering.  The factory 4WD box doesn't allow a pitman arm to swing side/side, a 2WD box from the correct generation is a direct swap.  ORD is a dealer for PSC steering boxes, pumps and hydraulic assist systems.

If you have a factory IFS Chevy truck with a solid axle conversion, give us a call.

Crossover Steering systems for GM trucks:

Crossover Steering systems for GM truck using a GM Dana 60

Crossover Steering systems for GM truck using a Dodge Dana 60

Crossover Steering systems for GM truck using a Ford Dana 60

Crossover and High Steer systems for GM trucks:

Crossover and High Steer systems for GM truck using a GM Dana 60

Crossover and High Steer systems for GM truck using a Dodge Dana 60

Crossover and High Steer systems for GM truck using a Ford Dana 60

Crossover Steering systems for Dodge trucks:

Crossover Steering systems for Dodge truck using a Dodge Dana 60
Crossover Steering systems for Dodge truck using a GM Dana 60
Crossover Steering systems for Dodge truck using a Ford Dana 60

Crossover and High Steer systems for Dodge trucks:

Crossover and High Steer systems for Dodge truck using a Dodge Dana 60

Crossover and High Steer systems for Dodge truck using a GM Dana 60

Crossover and High Steer systems for Dodge truck using a Ford Dana 60

Crossover Steering and/or High Steer for Ford trucks - Call us, we have what you need
 

Here is a breakdown of the kit parts and prices:

Pitman arm

This is the arm attached to the steering box shaft.
Click here to see our pitman arm options


 

Steering arm

These are the arms that attach to the steering knuckles on the axle.  Each one is supplied with new tapered nuts, replacement studs are available if required.  All right hand steering arms will have 2 holes so they can be upgraded to our High Steer conversion later if necessary.  All D60 arms are also drilled with the extra bolt hole to bolt on Reid Racing HD knuckles or factory GM, Ford and Dodge D60 knuckles.

Click here to see our steering arm options


ARP Stud Kit:  Set of 4 ARP high strength, 190,000+ psi studs only, nuts are available for $1/ea, make a note of that if buying online
U9002 - $33/set of four  
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Draglink: This is the link that ties the pitman arm and steering arm together. We will sell the threaded tube and the ends separate if you wish. If you have a GM truck, we can usually build your draglink from lengths we have on file. For some GM applications and for other vehicle types, we will need a measurement for the draglink.  Available straight or bent.  For trucks with more than 12" of lift call us.
U9015 -
$95 for most applications, call or email us to order




Tie Rod Ends: 1 LH, 1 RH with jam nuts and castle nuts.  These are a new HD end with angle capability similar to a GM draglink end but with the short strong shank of a tie rod end.

Our tie rod ends are manufactured specifically for us.  Factory GM draglink ends have good angle capacity, but have long shanks that can cause clearance issues.  Factory GM tie rod ends are nice and short, but have very little angle capacity.  Our ends are built with the best of both worlds, this is crucial in some applications (particularly 67-87 GM straight axle trucks) as many times the bend in the draglink has to start as soon as possible to clear the engine crossmember, the extra shank on draglink ends makes that impossible.

Additionally, our tie rod ends are a metal-on-metal design with a preload spring on the bearing race (sort of like the upper kingpin on a Dana 60), that helps keep the joint tight even as the parts wear.  Many joints are built with a plastic race that don't hold up well, see the picture below.  Additionally, the plastic ends don't appear to have a heat treat, our band saw flew right through them.  Notice the appearance of the metal-on-metal end (at left), it was very difficult to cut due to the heat treat.

   U9016-P - $95/pair   
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Replacement tie rod end boots, polyurethane, black.  These work equally well on '67-'87 ('91) tie rod or draglink ends.
$10/pair  Buy Now

High Steer Tierod: This is the tube that ties the two knuckle steering arms together. It is a specific length to work with the high steer arms and is not the same length as the stock tie rod. It uses the same U9016-P end kit as the draglink. 
U9014-High Steer - $85.00  
Buy Now  *Please specify what axle you have*

Tall Truck Crossover Steering: For trucks with over 8" of lift, we offer our crossover kit with a billet ORD riser block and ARP stud kit to raise the right side steering arm. We do not recommend using our High Steer system on kits that use our billet steering block since both arms would have to be on top of steering blocks placing even more stress on the knuckle tops. The tie rod damage solution in this situation is to run our 1.5" heavy duty tie rod in the stock location. Our HD tie rods are VERY resistant to bending and stand up to a lot of abuse.

Additionally, we do custom draglinks for trucks over 12" of lift.  Call for details.
 

Tech notes:

ORD High Steer and crossover kits use heavy wall 1020 DOM tubing, strong and durable HD tie rod ends and the best possible construction techniques. This quality will take you through the trails you want to run and back again. We won't build anything less.

You'll notice from the picture below that the ORD steering arm is cut on an angle where the tie rod end seats. This is to correct for the kingpin axis inclination angle and keep the angle on the rod end minimized for best life of the joint and more vertical wheel travel without steering bind. We've attempted crossover steering systems using arms that aren't built with the angled end and the rod end was maxed out at ride height with no droop available at all. This is an essential feature for a properly built fully functional system.


 

Our steering arm and pitman arm are both tapered for the large GM tie rod ends. These are not the same as the draglink ends, be aware. We can custom build the steering arm with no hole if you wish, or the holes can be drilled out for a heim joint. We've had the best luck with using factory type tie rod ends for steering since they are a good single shear connection and have good service life.

 

For most Chevy's our draglink is bent to help clear the factory crossmember. We cannot guarantee that you will not have some contact with the crossmember, it may require some trimming to work under all suspension conditions. '67 to '72 GM trucks can often use a straight draglink but will typically be supplied with a bent draglink to minimize operating angle on the link ends.

We recommend using a steering stabilizer on all D60 axles to help with wobble problems. We have a steering stabilizer mount plate for $17 that will allow you to bolt a stabilizer to any of our tierods in the stock location or high steer location. If you are using a hydro assist kit, the cylinder will take the place of a steering stabilizer very effectively.

 

If your application isn't listed, call us and we'll get you what you need!

ORD Crossover Steering Systems:

Crossover steering kits for a GM truck with a GM Dana 60 axle:

Factory solid axle GM trucks (i.e. 67-87 type body style) require a 2WD steering box for crossover steering.  The factory 4WD box doesn't allow a pitman arm to swing side/side, a 2WD box from the correct generation is a direct swap.  ORD is a dealer for PSC steering boxes, pumps and hydraulic assist systems.

If you have a factory IFS Chevy truck with a solid axle conversion, give us a call.

 

Crossover and high steer kits for a GM truck with a GM D60:

Part Number Description Price  
       
GK39GMD604-6HS '67-'87 ('91) GM truck with GM D60, 4-6" of lift $800 Buy now
       
GK39GMD608HCHS  '67-'87 ('91) GM truck with 8" of lift with GM D60 $800 Buy now

 

 

Crossover and high steer kits for a GM truck with a Dodge D60:

Part Number Description Price  
       
GK39DD604-6HS '67-'87 ('91) GM truck with Dodge D60, 4-6" of lift $800 Buy now
       
GK39DD608HCHS  '67-'87 ('91) GM truck with 8" of lift with Dodge D60 $800 Buy now

 

 

Crossover and high steer kits for a GM truck with a Ford D60:

Part Number Description Price  
       
GK39FD604-6HS '67-'87 ('91) GM truck with Ford D60, 4-6" of lift $800 Buy now
       
GK39FD608HCHS  '67-'87 ('91) GM truck with 8" of lift with Ford D60 $800 Buy now

 

 

Crossover and high steer kits for a Dodge truck with a Dodge D60:

Part Number Description Price  
       
DK39DD604-6HS '93 and older Dodge truck with Dodge D60, 4-6" of lift $800 Buy now
       
DK39DD608HCHS  '93 and older Dodge truck with 8" of lift with Dodge D60 $800 Buy now

 

 

Crossover and high steer kits for a Dodge truck with a GM D60:

Part Number Description Price  
       
DK39GMD604-6HS '93 and older Dodge truck with GM D60, 4-6" of lift $800 Buy now
       
DK39GMD608HCHS  '93 and older Dodge truck with 8" of lift with GM D60 $800 Buy now

 

 

Crossover and high steer kits for a GM truck with a Ford D60:

Part Number Description Price  
       
DK39FD604-6HS '93 and older Dodge truck with Ford D60, 4-6" of lift $800 Buy now
       
DK39FD608HCHS  '93 and older Dodge truck with 8" of lift with Ford D60 $800 Buy now

 

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