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2001 RAM2500 steering issues ! ?'s

Truck seems to wander around as tho the steering is loose n worn, yet Most of everything has been replaced and adjusted . . .

Parts replaced:

1. steering box.

2. all 4 tie rods.

3. steering stablizer.

4. Intermediate shaft.

Truck was put on the rack right after installing all the above parts.

The truck has improved greatly but is still wandering around, and when making lane changes and slow moving turns seems to have excessive body roll.

Any thought's ? where to go from here ?

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Did you just put new tires on? Every time I have put new tires on I have the exact same problem. It goes away after a week or two once the tires get "broke in"

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Yes there was a new set of tires installed on it ! 265/75R16E MTR's . . .

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track bar/bushings!

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Ya, was the track bar replaced? Don't bother with the OEM part. Mine wore out after less than 10k miles. Convert it to the 3rd gen track bar. Costs a little more to do it, but worth every penny. http://www.sourceautomotive.biz/shop...4x4-50-20.html

http://www.sourceautomotive.biz/shop...Bar-55-20.html OR http://www.sourceautomotive.biz/shop...Bar-56-20.html

And add a steering stabilizer. Will drive better than new. Gets rid of the slop from the bushing in the steering box. http://www.sourceautomotive.biz/shop...4x4-50-20.html

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I doubt I can add much to this especially when I see your list of machines. My 2002 seems to follow the lean in the road and the crown more than other cars and trucks I have owned. Some of this IMHO is due to the solid axle in the front end? You can also get a slight pull when you get on and off the gas if the alignment between front and rear wheels is not perfect. It sounds like you have done multiple alignments so I guess thats not it? I know a truck with independent front suspension takes less attention to drive; but I would not want to give up my Dodge! Let us know if you work it out, then we will all learn something.
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Thanks for all the help and suggestion's . . . I will start adding some more parts, how many bloody times dose a truck need to go on the rack ?

This the only heap that don't drive straight, rest of my Relics i can let go of the wheel and it'll continue to roll straight . . .

anywho thank's guy's i'll some more part adding and reracking and see what we get . ..

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My 2002 seems to follow the lean in the road and the crown more than other cars and trucks I have owned. Some of this IMHO is due to the solid axle in the front end?
Tires are a factor at times. I've noticed wider tires tend to be worse about following the grooves in the roads from big trucks. And, IFS trucks will do the same thing.

You can also get a slight pull when you get on and off the gas if the alignment between front and rear wheels is not perfect. It sounds like you have done multiple alignments so I guess thats not it? [/QUOTE]

I wonder if you have enough toe-in? Sometimes OEM specs aren't good enough.

Are you doing a 4 wheel alignment, or just the front only?

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Believe me bro i know exactly what ur talkin about. I have replaced EVERYTHING in the front end of my 01 cummins. EVERYTHING!!!!!!!!! ball joints, tie rod ends, steering shaft, geer box, geer box stabalizer bracket, track bar, track BAR DROP BRABKET, DUEL STEERING STABALIZERS, alignment ( 2 times ), drop pitman arm, and everything else you can imagin. the sad thing is i am prob goin to sell my truck in the very near future and get a mustang saleen do to this problem which really sucks but its to the point now i hate driving the truck cause its such a pain in the *** to keep it in one lane its so bad ive got an 87 reg cab long bed chevrolet on 44's and i have been driving that almost every day for the last month cause it drives better then my dodge and im over fightin that thing the whole time im driving it. so if you figure out a solution or anybody else has any other ideas i can try it would be greatly appreciated so maybe i could avoid having to sell my truck.
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