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Old 09-23-2005, 06:47 PM
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Pitman Arm Nut Size???(mm or std.)

I have a GM quick box from an 86 Monte SS. I need(want) to replace the pitman arm and I don't know the proper size socket to use.I've tried to use my 1 1/4 socket and it just sits on the edge of the nut.The nut measures an 1 1/4+(heavy) so I think it's metric. What size (mm) is close to 1 1/4 (standard)???

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I have a GM quick box from an 86 Monte SS. I need(want) to replace the pitman arm and I don't know the proper size socket to use.I've tried to use my 1 1/4 socket and it just sits on the edge of the nut.The nut measures an 1 1/4+(heavy) so I think it's metric. What size (mm) is close to 1 1/4 (standard)???
I think it is 1-5/16"...the bummer is that most sockets that size are 3/4" drive so you will need an adapter as well.
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Old 09-24-2005, 12:57 PM
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Thanks Triaged!!! I was able to get a 1-5/16 impact socket in 1/2 size.Worked like a charm.(I wish I could say that for my pitman puller)After snapping the first one(my old one) I picked up a heavy duty puller($45 later)and worked great.
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Thanks Triaged!!! I was able to get a 1-5/16 impact socket in 1/2 size.Worked like a charm.(I wish I could say that for my pitman puller)After snapping the first one(my old one) I picked up a heavy duty puller($45 later)and worked great.
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Glad I could help.

Impact socket...I'll have to try that. I bet it is 6-point too. Mine is 12-point and I had to get an adapter...but I haven't had any problems with it so far. It is hard to strip out something that big...even with the HUGE torque spec for a pitman arm (it is something like 180+ft*lb IIRC).

Edit: Last pitman arm I pulled off (from a 70's ford van) was too big to fit in my pitman arm puller. I had to use a 3-jaw puller and ended up snapping it I think I then went to the pickle fork
I think every pitman arm I have messed with used a 1-5/16" socket.
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Old 09-24-2005, 01:28 PM
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Yup. 6 point and $20.00. I got it from a store around the corner from me called Paramount Tool(should be the second listing if you google it). They have tools I have never seen before , but a little pricey.This was the first for me and it took about 30 sec. for the nut to come off and about 20 min. for the arm to come loose. Good thing for WD-40 and air tools. The guy showed me the 12 point,- made in china socket and it was 3/4 drive ,but he said he would go with the impact socket for $12.00 more.(And it is 1/2).This is off an 84 Cutlass.

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