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Problems keeping it on the road!!
Let me start off by saying that I am not new to the F250 truck. I have been in F250's for the last 10yrs.
I recently traded off my 2006 F250 PSD CC King Ranch 4x4 that had a 6" lift and 20" rims wrapped in 35" MT's for a 2008 F250 PSD CC King Ranch 4x4 that was completly stock except for a Frontier full replacement front bumper. The truck has 30K miles on it. I got it about 3 weeks ago from a dealership about an hour away from me. I noticed on the drive home that it liked to "road walk" alot more than any "stock" truck that I had ever drove. I thought this was abnormal, but I also thought that it was just a new truck to me and I wasnt used to driving it yet. During that first week of driving I noticed that when on the highway driving at 50-70mph when I would go into a mild corner that the truck had no "return-to-center" on the steering. Most vehicles when your into a curve/corner and you let go of the wheel it automatically straightens out back to center.....this truck did not. I could let go of the wheel while in a corner/curve and it would hold its track steady and stay on course until I took control of it again and straightened it up. I thought this was very odd as well.
At the end of the second week of having the truck I had a 6" Pro Comp kit installed with MX6's and new replacement HD leafs in the back as well as a dual steering stabilizer kit up front. I put on some 20" XD Armours and some 37" Toyo Open Country MT's. As you would guess the "road walking" problem was magnified and is much worse than it was when stock. Now I can expect a trucks steering to change some after doing suspension mods and wheel/tire upgrades, but Ive also drove lifted trucks most all my life and NONE have ever been this bad with road walk and over-steer. It is a constant battle to keep this truck on the road now when on the hwy at 50-80mph. The wheel has to constantly be moved back and forth to keep it between the lines. It will not hold a steady course on even the flattest/smoothest roads.
Since I drove this truck when it was totally "stock" and it had the "road walk" issue then I am prett sure that something is worng. If it had drove correctly when stock and then had issues after the lift I would be less concerned and just blame it on the lift/mods, but my 2006 was lifted/modded and drove very good, much better than this one drove when it was stock. I doubt this has anything to do with it, but could the added weight of the front replacement bumper have anything to do with this?? I doubt that it is, but Im at a loss as to what could make a nearly new 2008 truck with less than 30K miles drive like a Ford 9N tractor pulling a 6ft disc!!!
Any suggestions? Any advice? Any and all help is appreciated.
**Please dont reply saying "thats just the way these trucks drive after you lift them" because that is a false statement.