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Re: Overland torsion keys

Post by LiftedAWDAstro » Tue Mar 15, 2011 5:16 pm

The issue with the indexed keys isn't the cv shaft angles, it is the extreme angles the steering components are at. If you could drop the idlers down an inch or two it would make a huge difference in how long they last. Otherwise they don't last very long at all. I had a new set completely worn out in 2 weeks! That was after a weekend of wheeling and yes they were greased! I never had more than the max crank either.
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Re: Overland torsion keys

Post by timelessbeing » Tue Mar 15, 2011 5:32 pm

Well that changes things a lot.

I agree with you and I'm surprised Overland or somebody didn't come up with a solution. It should be fairly easy to drop the idler arms by using some kind of bracket, no? That and lengthening the drag link a bit.

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Re: Overland torsion keys

Post by ihatemybike » Tue Mar 15, 2011 7:20 pm

Anyone have a set a lift keys they aren't using? I have some experimenting that I want to do.
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Re: Overland torsion keys

Post by timelessbeing » Tue Mar 15, 2011 7:59 pm

I'd love to lend you mine, but unfortunately you're on the other side of the 49th parallel, and cast iron is expensive to ship.

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Re: Overland torsion keys

Post by LiftedAWDAstro » Wed Mar 16, 2011 5:55 pm

Lockdoc may have a set still.
Current rides:
2013 Toyota Tundra DC 4x4
2008 Dodge Nitro 4x4
2005 Nissan Sentra 1.8S Special Edition

Mileage spreadsheet

Vans owned:
1986 Safari 2.5L 4 speed manual - scrapped
1995 Astro 2WD conversion 4.11 posi, shift kit, DHC rock rails - sold to Skippy
1998 Astro 4x4 D44, D60, NP231, full hydraulic system with 9k# Milemarker winch and snow plow - sold to Lockdoc
2003 Astro AWD all stock - traded for a 3/4 ton truck
2005 AWD, 4.10's - sold to skippy

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