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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 12-21-2005, 09:48 PM Thread Starter
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Thumbs down Off track here!!

how many of you know that your truck tracks to left or right while driving down the hwy? what is acceptable if any at all? what would be the fix?

here is the deal truck is 4 months with 8400miles and last week following my wife i obsereved the truck tracking to the right(*** end). at that time truck totally stock. this week i added a level kit on the front and it still does it.



well it's kind of hard to tell, but the left pic is rear driver side tire and the right is the front driver side tire. the arrows are meant to show the chalk line that marked the tire that i popped on my drive way as i rolled as straight as i can.

how do you go about fixing this, loosening the rear axle and try to twist it?

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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 12-22-2005, 04:07 AM
 
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I think tire wear is the most important thing to watch. Sometimes things arent as they appear, may have been just the angle you were looking at it as it was going down the road.
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this was your wife driving in front of you right? maybe you just have the natural instinct to look around from the back to see the front???
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There is a posibility that your axle is slightly off. There is a little *** that sticks up into the lift block, and another that goes from the block to the axle. It is posible that with the little play in there could cause it. Measuer from a fixed point on the frame (spring perch) that is equal on each side of the truck to the axle.. It should tell you if the axle is cocked one way...

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thanks for the replies: i'm going to measure to see if it's aligned like you said then i will install the 350 rear blocks today and i'll do my best to alighn it if it were out.

another thing is the front axle did slide to driverside after 2.5 level kit. i will need a drop bracket for the track bar.





i did not mention that in the first post cause the lift would have been the blame for the track.

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Thats the issue with leveling kits. Most do not come with everything needed. Do your best to keep the rear alxe in the right spot when you put it back together, and you should be fine.

By going up 2.5 inches you will need to drop the track bar about 3/8" in the two bolts on the drivers side. My old lift just used a bushing like piece of metal for each bolt... But It would be better to support it more.

Your also running a 1 to 1.5 degree of caster. That means that you will most likely find your self wandering more. If you plan on leaving it there, let me know, I know a guy who builds a kit to fix that problem.

Im going in for the 4" lift on Jan 5th.
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Would this also apply to the 04's? The caster issue?

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Im unsure Auggie.... I know it applies to the coils. I cant say on the leafs.

The rule on the caster for the fords with coils, is for every inch you go up you lose 1 degree of caster. You start with about 3 degrees.

If you want to know what negative caster feels like, dive a stock truck backwards at any high rate of speed. You move the wheel a touch and the truck moves suddenly. It would do the same forward.
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ISURVIVEDNMU, hey bud send me the info, i have no plans of action as of right now! i was going to start searching for options.

i put the 350 rear blocks on today, don't care for the ride. it feels spongy. i may put the smaller one's back and add a 1" aluminum block.

thanks for the info.
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update

this is what i done and also found. loosened the U bolts and slammed axle via rubber mahl to the front of driver side tire and rear of passenger side tire. retightened U bolts, small fix if any.

then i got to measuring fender heights, and found passenger side fender 1/2" higher than driver side. that should tell me leafspring is pushing axle to the front since almost all the arch is in the rear of the spring.:shrug:

this sucks i have never been in an accident or offroad with this vehicle. i suppose next plan of action is to bring it to some frame and leafspring shop or take level kit off and send to dealer.:shrug:

thanks for all the help!:HappyMugs

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