Sky Manufacturing, Ford Dana 60 Ball Joint Dana 50/Dana 60 Hydraulic Steering Arms -
Caution: This is likely the most difficult steering conversion option known!
What we have here: Designed for a Ford Ball joint Dana 60, 92-04 axle including Dana 50 Super Duty, to a function-able dual ended ram hydraulic steering system not based off the factory tie rod arms. The arms we build for this system are based on an 8" stroke ram. Arms will need drilled for your ends and finished as desired.
What you get: (2) 9/16ths stud kits. (2) Machined project arms
What you need to complete this kit: Your passenger and driver knuckle machined by us. Knuckle Machining
This system is not designed for a double shear captured ram link, though we have achieved this. It is possible to line bore the knuckles and capture the lower tie rod eyes. The problem is, this is very difficult. Here is why, the factory tie rod arms are too short, this was so they fit inside a 16" wheel. They are also further out from knuckle center than we can move the upper arm out and clear a wheel, even 20" wheels. You have to bore at an outward angle towards the wheel hub, and inward towards the axle shaft at a compounded 15* angle.
There are many options we have for various vehicle builds, including blank arms we call "project arms" with the steering stud portion machined and the tie rod steering link end blank. This is the general best option. These arms are 1.5" thick and are what this kit will ship with.
Steering Arm Info:
Our steering arms are CNC machined out of ASTM A572 Grade 50 steel. We previously have used 1018 steel, but switched to a more rigid material (A572). Grade 50 is a very strong low allow steel that fulfills our exceptionally high strength requirements, and is particularly strong for applications in which it is riveted or bolted. ASTM A572 Grade 50 is considered a "workhorse" grade and is widely used in many applications. Steel mills produce channel and heavy beams with Grade 50. It is commonly used in structural applications, heavy construction equipment, building structures, heavy duty anchoring systems, boom sections, structural steel shapes, and applications that require high strength per weight ratio.
*Tensile strength: 65,000 psi
*Yield strength: 50,000 psi