Kingpin High Steer Explained

Kingpin High Steer Explained

Dana 60 High Steer Arms 

Dana 60 High Steer Arms are a great way to move your crossover steering up. Creating more ground clearance for when you’re out on the trail. Our Dana 60 High Steer Arms also eliminate the kingpin spring.  We get a lot of questions here at the shop about these arms.

Here are The Average Joe Answers. 

Why eliminate the kingpin spring?

The Kingpin spring is a common failure point when used for hard core applications. When wheeling these springs have been known to over compress causing damage to the internal bushings. Once you remove the spring you can keep the factory bushing or upgrade to bronze bushings. 



What parts do Dana 60 High Steer Arms eliminate?

Dana 60 High Steer Arms will eliminate the following parts pictured below

Upper Kingpin Cap Gasket

Upper Kingpin Cap Bolt

Upper Kingpin Cover

Kingpin Spring

Kingpin Spring Retainer 


What makes it high steer?

Our Dana 60 High Steer Arms bolt onto the factory knuckle.

By placing the arms on the top of the knuckle you have moved the mounting locations for steering up higher. AKA HIGH STEER.



The factory tie rod location circled in red is considerable lower, than the height of the high steer arm circled in yellow.

How do I set my preload and what should it be?

After your studs have been mounted. To get your preload you will tighten the set screw, putting pressure onto the preload spacer. Tighten until you have between 20 to 25 lbs. of pull. This is a fine adjustment, you will need to tighten and loosen the set screw as needed to get the correct pull weight.

A fish scale is a common tool used when measuring pull.  Attach the scale to the knuckle at full turn and pull, the scale will give a reading in lbs. Once the pull weight is correct, recheck to confirm accuracy of measurement. Tighten jam nut. Check this periodically.