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Old 11-06-2007, 11:06 AM
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Passenger front wheel - set back? Drivers side front wheel forward?

It's really bothering me that the passenger front wheel is so much more set back than the driver's side. maybe an inch or more closer to the back of the wheel well. If i put on larger tires it's going to appear even closer. when you stand off the passenger side of the truck, it just looks so uneven. the wheel doesn't sit in the center of the wheel well. the driver side front wheel looks just kinda set forward, almost like the axle is crooked. I asked the guys at the local reputable tire shop, who just aligned the wheels, and they said it was just the way Ford built these trucks, and that this isn't the result of an accident or any mechanical failure. Previous owner had ball joints and some other front end parts replaced, including the track bar. Anyone know what i'm talking about? are there aftermarket kits to adjust this? i don't believe my truck has any lift at all. my theaory is that the front axle on one side shifted back on the leaf spring. there's a 4" block above the read axle, but nothing on the front. looks stock. there's a pic in my gallery. thanks.

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Old 11-06-2007, 12:29 PM
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That don't look or sound normal at all to me and I have an early 99.
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Old 11-06-2007, 12:57 PM
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The pic you have looks like the wheels are turned to the right. The wheels will naturally look offset when turning.

If that pic is of the front wheels straight, then you definitely have something wrong. Does the truck track straight down the road? Wearing your tires in any funny way?

The things I would check for
Check the center pin on the front leaf spring, it has possibly broken and let the axle move to the rear.

The other thing to check is the rear shackle. I have seen them bottom out against the frame and get wedged and stick. That would pull the axle back a little, but I would think you would notice that side riding 1/2 - 1" lower.

If it drives straight and neither of those two things is wrong, I have no idea what it could be.
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Old 11-06-2007, 03:00 PM
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the wheel in the pic is turned slightly to the right. when it's straight ahead it's barely noticeable. when the wheel is turned slightly to the left it's not really noticeable. i'll check out the shackles and leaf spring pins. the truck aligned just fine, and drives smooth and straight. probably just my overly-critical mentality. i'm saving my money for a leveling kit.
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Old 11-06-2007, 03:27 PM
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When I made my “leveling kit” I spaced the front leaf spring down 3” and 1” to the front and spaced the front bumper out about 1 ” and I love the way it looks. Shutterfly | Slideshow
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Old 11-06-2007, 03:39 PM
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alabamafrog, your truck looks great. i'll check out those pics.
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