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post #1 of 13 Old 03-12-2012, 12:37 PM Thread Starter
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Add-a-leaf

i puchased an add-a-leaf for my 96 f250 with the dana 44 front axle, and im trying to put it back together and the top shock mount doesnt line up with the bottom, i was told a long time ago that u cant put an add-aleaf in these axles cause it throws everything off, maybe he was right. does anybody have an add-a-leaf in thier truck. or whats an easir way to level out my front end?
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My truck has an add a leaf, I didn't install it though. It actually brought the front of my truck up a little higher than the back, I like the stance that way though. You probably have a Dana 50, not a 44 also.

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Ya you need to get different camber bushings. I think they make adjustable ones.

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I have installed add-a-leafs and lift kits in several of these trucks. Dana 50 axle would be correct. You didn't pull the main leaf completely off the truck did you? If you reinstalled the shock mount over the spring centering bolt I don't see how it wouldn't line up. Can you provide a picture?

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yes i pulledf it off is that bad? and yeah dana 50 idk why i thought dana 44. ill take a picture tomorow
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No it's not bad I'm just wondering if the main leaf got turned around but I don't think it is possible to bolt it up backwards.

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Yeah Dana 50 in this truck would be right. They look the same more or less. Shock mounts shouldn't matter, they're elastic. The thing that does matter is the caster/camber combo bushing that the upper ball joint mounts to the steering knuckle with.

Add a leaf will alter the spring rate of the leaf, which will alter the static ride height. Which will alter the camber/caster of that TTB axle. You will likely need to change the bushing because of that to achieve reasonable caster and camber.

The net result is you will need a good alignment shop, not the typical "toe and go" places.

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Typically if you have a shop do it, the camber kit they will make you get is around $130.. experienced this a few weeks ago with "Shmig Shmo" Tires and they didnt address the true problem at hand... so, just be prepared to spend more on top of the actual alignment price.


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ok got it all done and put back together but now my tires make a V does this have to do with the chamber kit thing?
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Yes it does, time for an alignment.

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