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    Default 2006 GMC 2500 Duramax with Leveling Kit

    Added the Leveling Kit and now the steering is really 'rickety'. Is there more parts to throw into it for a mere 1.5" of frontend lift? It's so bad, I want to take out the Kit. Also have airbags, normally inflated to 10 lbs, 40 while trailering my boat. Also, the truck has black shocks? Are they Bilsteins? Maybe a shock upgrade? Any more ideas?

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    we lifted mine with the torson rod keys and we got almost 2 in out of it
    you also can change the keys to green and get more
    mine still drives great
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    Quote Originally Posted by DiscoDCB View Post
    Added the Leveling Kit and now the steering is really 'rickety'. Is there more parts to throw into it for a mere 1.5" of frontend lift? It's so bad, I want to take out the Kit. Also have airbags, normally inflated to 10 lbs, 40 while trailering my boat. Also, the truck has black shocks? Are they Bilsteins? Maybe a shock upgrade? Any more ideas?
    Do you have the new upgraded steering shaft in the truck? If not there was a bulletin a long time ago where the Dealers were replacing the old steering shafts with a new one that has some sort of teflon sleeve. It is a warranty deal even if you are out of warranty. The old ones had to be removed and greased and that would work for a while, but the problem would come back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DiscoDCB View Post
    Added the Leveling Kit and now the steering is really 'rickety'. Is there more parts to throw into it for a mere 1.5" of frontend lift? It's so bad, I want to take out the Kit. Also have airbags, normally inflated to 10 lbs, 40 while trailering my boat. Also, the truck has black shocks? Are they Bilsteins? Maybe a shock upgrade? Any more ideas?
    How many miles / what size tires are you running? Those trucks eat tie-rod ends with oversized tires, and/or higher mileage. You may need to "freshen" up the front end with a couple replacement parts to get it back to where you want it.
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    It definitely sounds like you are due for pitman and idler arms and possibly tie rod ends. Those go out often on the GM IFS. There are braces and upgraded tie rods that make the steering 100% better and parts last a lot longer. When you lifted your front end, it just amplified a problem, and thats why it seems like it happened all the sudden.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ATS_Diesel_Tech View Post
    It definitely sounds like you are due for pitman and idler arms and possibly tie rod ends. Those go out often on the GM IFS. There are braces and upgraded tie rods that make the steering 100% better and parts last a lot longer. When you lifted your front end, it just amplified a problem, and thats why it seems like it happened all the sudden.
    100% agree with you on that one. it seems like almost every d-max that i work on needs pitman and idler arms.

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    I've got ~ 75K miles, no lift (just leveling keys), stock tires and just changed out stock shocks (not even bilsteins originally) with no change. Need tires anyways, so that me be good time to change out P&I Arms.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DiscoDCB View Post
    I've got ~ 75K miles, no lift (just leveling keys), stock tires and just changed out stock shocks (not even bilsteins originally) with no change. Need tires anyways, so that me be good time to change out P&I Arms.
    I mentioned this above. Do you have the new style steering shaft? If not it is a recall and there is a bulletin on it to have it replaced with the new one. This may also be your problem. The old shafts had to be removed and greased and "exercised" as they call it. The new one does not. When the old one wore out or dried up you would get a rickety knock in the steering.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DiscoDCB View Post
    I've got ~ 75K miles, no lift (just leveling keys), stock tires and just changed out stock shocks (not even bilsteins originally) with no change. Need tires anyways, so that me be good time to change out P&I Arms.
    Excellent time to change those parts out. If you are going to do this your self, you will need a puller to get the pitman arm off. One thing I would look into is getting the Cognito pitman and idler arm braces. If you get these on there, you will most likely never have to worry about this issue again, and it REALLY tightens up your steering.

    Quote Originally Posted by shippingguy View Post
    I mentioned this above. Do you have the new style steering shaft? If not it is a recall and there is a bulletin on it to have it replaced with the new one. This may also be your problem. The old shafts had to be removed and greased and "exercised" as they call it. The new one does not. When the old one wore out or dried up you would get a rickety knock in the steering.
    If the steering shaft is knocking, then definitely time to get a new Intermediate Steering Shaft. Its very obvious when the steering shaft is the problem. Wouldn't be a bad idea to change it out, since it seems like they all go bad eventually.

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