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Steering dead zone after MMW kit and h3 swap

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Hi everyone,

I recently did the front h3 swap and while I was at it I did the Mayhem Metal Works steering rack bushings and clamp kit.
Before I started this project, I had no slip in the steering at all. It felt great. But now, there’s a little dead zone in the middle of the steering that is super annoying. On the highway the pickup will walk around a little bit within that zone and it makes driving straight difficult. I topped off the fluid after doing the MMW kit. Made sure to have the cap off and turn it lock to lock a few times before closing it up. I did not swap the steering rack, and I did not touch the inner tie rods either. Outer tie rods are brand new. It’s been aligned as well. Also, I can move the intermediate shaft with my hand. Any ideas???
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I had a similar experience with my MMW steering rack brace.

I solved the issue by adding a very thin shim in the MMW brace to loosen it ever so slightly.

Fixed the problem and haven’t had any issues since.
Right in between the pieces of aluminum here?
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Yes. Between the mating surfaces.
Ok I hammered down a copper brake banjo bolt washer and stuck it in there and tightened it real good. Gonna try it once I finish up a couple other things and let you know. Thanks a ton
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yeah the steering seems much more solid now. Funny how that works... loosen the clamp on your rack and it tightens up the steering. Some please help me understand, lol. I would be out fine tuning it a little more but I just blew my rear u joint and dicked the driveshaft. Shit!!!
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