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Caster Correction for leveling kit?? How?

How and what parts do I need to go about getting my caster angle corrected after installing a leveling kit on my truck. I was told that a 2011 stock F-250 is set up with 3 degrees caster from the factory and that every inch of lift installed decreases this angle by one degree... So with my 2.5" front lift from the readylift stage 2 kit, this would put me running .5 degrees caster?? Regardless if that info is precise, how do I go about getting my caster back to stock specs? What part number and what vendor??
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Precision Metal Fabrication has a new adjustable 3 link (thats what they call it) It is real nice. It's not on the web site yet, but Jesse has a set on his rig and you can see it in the Feb 2012 DieselPower mag page 55. Or you can get bushing from Icon. I have the Icon bushing but going to change to the PMF 3 link sometime soon.

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Thanks for the information. I am not very knowledgeable about all these truck modifications. Will the caster correction kit come with directions and be something worry free once installed? Any experiences good or bad, please share. I am hearing this will be a huge ride improvement to go along with my bilstein 5100 shocks and bilstein/ superlift dual steering stabilizer...

This guy posted a very informative/ thorough video on the improvement gained by adding a similar set up with the shocks/ steering stabilizer on youtube. He has a video camera mounted under the truck to show the shocks/ suspension before and after upgrade. It' s a really good video IMO!

I'm just wondering it the caster correction will further improve the ride or if the shock/ dual steering stabilizer will be adequate...

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Epic posted that video. One of the first things he did after his leveling kit was adjust the caster. The last thing he did if i am not mistaking was what is in this video.
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You need to set the caster you will get better tire wear and centering of your wheels. And stabilizers could help to. Some say if your setup is right you don't need them. But with big tires like we have on the new SD's I would get them. Top Gun has a lot to chose from.

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I took mine to have it aligned after I install the leveling kit and they installed different shims.




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I put the TGC 2.5" coils on my truck (11' F-350 PSD CC SW) and they came with alignment cams to correct the caster. After installing the coils, I had Ford install the cams at the same time I got them to do the alignment . There is definitely a huge improvement in steering feel. The steering is much more tighter and before it was loose and sloppy. The guys at ford mentioned that it was very easy to replace those cams. They actually were very impressed with how easy the old ones came out and how easy it was to put the new ones in. I didn't do it myself but I hope my experience can help you out.
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So, will a good alignment shop have the parts to get the truck right? I have heard of alignment cams, but can one buy this part alone somewhere?
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Thanks for the info!
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