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Old 02-20-2011, 06:22 PM
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adjustable trac bar ????? and some apologies

so i read with a leveling kit you need an adjustable trac bar to re center front axle, peoplr on here have told me i need one so i keep asking the mechanic who installed the leveling kit- he says kno way, there isnt anything wrong with your truck............. i have been *****ing that the front left tire is wearing odd and the truck is pulling. his answer is "you need tires" i say i am researching tires and want to get new tires and shocks and an alignment........
i finally ***** enough to have him agree to check the front, he put the truck on the lift to un load the syspension and then set it back down- i used a straight edge and a level and guess what? the axle is 7/8" farther left then center. he checked me three times and swears i hit something. he doesnt understand................... now i owe all you guys that tried to help me with this an apology and a thank you. now..... what do i buy and from who?
is the truck pulling and the wierd tire wear related or just worn tires and alginment/
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Old 02-20-2011, 06:34 PM
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If you didn't have a problem and then when the leveling kit was put on it started to pull then I would say thats definatly your problem.

Your uneven tire wear is probably caused by the lack-o-alingnment, but it depends on how your tires are wearing unevenly.
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Old 02-20-2011, 06:36 PM
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Just google adjustable trac bar and you will get several choices. I got mine here.
Ford F250 F350 Front Adjustable Track Bar 1999-2004 4WD -- Fat Bob's Garage Online Store
If you look at this picture (I borrowed from another post) you can see why you need a adjustable track bar and you can show the guy that did your work why he was SO wrong. I was being told by a lot of people to that I didn't need one but once I saw this picture I knew I had to have one.
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Old 02-21-2011, 02:59 AM
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i have had mine leveled for 6 months or so......
i have noticed bump steer, truck pulling, wierd tire wear on front left tire.
i have a lot of miles on tires so i understand they are all worn but the frt left is bad and odd- i was told a belt might have given up but now i think all troubles are related.
if the axel is off center what does this cause? bump steer has to be worse in my mind and the truck doesnt have a steering stabilizer..........
thanks for the diagram!
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Are you sure that he aligned the truck after he installed the kit? Your axle should be off center, but I don't know that I've ever heard of a pull or a worn left tire other than when someone hasn't got the truck aligned afterwards....

Bump steer is one of those things that some trucks get when lifted and some don't. My truck never has had any that has been so bad that I felt like it was a problem...
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I think its all related. You have thrown every thing out of line and now every things fighting against each other. As for the steering stabilizer shock. I don't thinck that hurts not having one for to long but what that shock does is take some of the stress off of your steering gear box when hitting bumps while running our big heavy tires. After a while the gear box gets play in it and you get that floating feeling in the steering wheel. I would put your tract bar on and then go get you some new tires, then take it have it aligned. Then you should be back to a nice even tire wearing ride.
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Just google adjustable trac bar and you will get several choices. I got mine here.
Ford F250 F350 Front Adjustable Track Bar 1999-2004 4WD -- Fat Bob's Garage Online Store
If you look at this picture (I borrowed from another post) you can see why you need a adjustable track bar and you can show the guy that did your work why he was SO wrong. I was being told by a lot of people to that I didn't need one but once I saw this picture I knew I had to have one.


Great Illustration !!!
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Thanks! I can't take credit for the picture itself but I hope it helps out some people like it did me.
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I have been telling everyone for years that a adj track bar is REQUIRED not a option as some vendors do to get a quick and easy sale..lift a truck the axle will shift its Geometry pure and simple.

We have them..

Cary
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