Leveling Kit nightmare
Alright well first i have an 06 f250- 105,000 miles. I put a 2.5" leveling kit in the truck last weekend. Put it up on the lift, disconnected sway bar, shocks, and track bar. Put leveling kit spacers on top of the springs and back together rotated the springs to seat properly with no problem, seemed like a straight forward install.
On my way home after the Install the steering felt somewhat strange, the wheel did not naturally want to center itself like a normal car/truck. I chalked it up to the new ride height, and the possibility of having to do an alignment after the install which i didn't do,(yet)
The leveling kit was installed on my old tires, 285/70/17e nitto terra grapplers, new tires where arriving in the mail during the week, bigger terra grapplers 295/70/18es.(Came mounted and balanced on new wheels from discount tire, no vibrations, close factory backspacing, don't stick out far or anything crazy, not a huge tire, just taller)
Put new tires on the the truck Wednesday, now truck drives horrible. Steering wheel is very heavy, and does not want to Center itself. Small course corrections while driving are difficult with the heavy steering wheel, and you end up over correcting.
I messed with tire air pressure some what, let out a little air, was aired all the way up to 80+ . no differance.
Called the Company who sold the leveling kit, they said have it aligned, ok. no big deal. dropped it off and got it aligned, needed lower ball joints replaced. fine, did that. had them do uppers also since they where in there. Alignment was complete, shop closed. Drove home, now truck is worse. Steering is very heavy, does not center itself. It take a good amount of effort to turn the steering wheel. Steering is tight, but heavy. Driving at speed, the wheel seems like it does not want to turn.
I again put the truck on the lift, took the weight off the front tires completely and turned the wheel in the truck, Stiff.. very stiff even with no weight on the tires. took the steering dampener off thinking i could have possibly bound it up when dropping the axle during the install. it wasn't the dampiner, you can't even tell i took it completely out of the truck and drove it, no difference.
I plan on bringing the truck back to the alignment shop, but i do not think they will be able to figure it out since all the alignment specs are good set to factory. but with the leveling kit i added some caster angle. I am sure this could effect the drive-ability some, but wouldn't explain the heavy steering wheel especially with the weight off the front end?