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Will not having adjusted caster make the steering feel like theres more play near center almost like a delay when turning? Does an alignment shop have these shims? Also i had my truck aligned and the guy who did it said it only needed toe? I dont get it
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These trucks need 4.5-6* of Castor and if leveled a adj track bar. Ford thinks less Castor is fine so their specs are what Alignment shops go by.

We have the shims, takes 5 min's a side no alignment needed just drop in.
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Caster Correction for leveling kit?? How?

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These trucks need 4.5-6* of Castor and if leveled a adj track bar. Ford thinks less Castor is fine so their specs are what Alignment shops go by.

We have the shims, takes 5 min's a side no alignment needed just drop in.
Would these be of any benefit to a 4in lift on a 2012?


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Unless your lift is a 4 link kit ...yes as the drop brackets for the stock radius arms are designed to get you stock castor specs.

Have you checked the Castor?
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Unless your lift is a 4 link kit ...yes as the drop brackets for the stock radius arms are designed to get you stock castor specs.

Have you checked the Castor?
Not a 4link =\ just a Zone Lift with replacement radius arms. Had the alignment checked and the said it was spot on to specs


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Caster Correction for leveling kit?? How?

Yea I ran into a similar problem. Installed a stage 2 readylift 2.5" leveling kit with track bar bracket. Went to get an alignment and the guys said only thing the truck needed was toe adjustment. Drove the truck last few days and steering wheel has a lot of play near center and front end feels like it floats. I'm guessing this is caster issue since it hasn't be changed. I also orders dual steering stabilizers to also help. Does that sound like caster being off?


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Yes, no caster, it feels like super power steering. It should want to center itself.
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I have the 3.5 ready lift on my truck and it can with drop brackets for the radias arms do I need to check my caster also ? or will the brackets put it back to factory spec.
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Caster Correction for leveling kit?? How?

I don't get it. I took my truck to 2 alignment shops and both said it didn't need and caster adjustment? Idk how that's possible but I'm putting dual stabilizers on it tonight maybe that will help.


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The problem is Ford specs are inadequate so alinement shops who only base what they do on a manufactors info say your trucks correct..

Drop brackets on the radius arms will usually only get the castor back to spec..whats needed is 2x's ..4.5-5.5* of castor and between 1/16-1/8" toe in ..equal split.

Drop track bar brackets are not required or corect to use for a level kit as it changes the angles between the track bar and the drag link..whats needed is just a adj track bar.

Flipping the trackbar on top of the axle mount has the same problem and not needed.

Both can induce bump steer.

If you use a drop track bar bracket you must use a equal drop pitman arm..

Adding 2.5* castoe shims to the upper ball joints will help gain back either the stock castor or additional if you have drop radius arm brackets.

4 link arms will let you adjust for 4.5*+ castor also will free up the natural binding of the stock radius arms..get you a better ride quality. They require a 2.5" min lift.
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