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post #1 of 13 Old 01-23-2012, 09:21 AM Thread Starter
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Are axles supposed to be shifted?

I was looking to replace an idler pulley that is wearing today when I noticed this. Looking down the passenger side of the truck I noticed the tire is sticking out further than the drivers side. Truck is on a level part of the drive.

I ran a plumb bob down the top of the fender and measured. I have nearly 7/8" of the rear axle shifted to the passenger side. On the front axle, its shifted toward the drivers side 7/16". I've owned this truck since new. Never smashed curbs or hit anything. As far as I can tell the truck drives fine, can take my hand off the steering at 70mph and it will track straight for a good bit.

The truck is not lifted nor leveled, completely stock suspension. The wheels are 20x9 XD missfits with a 0 offset. 34x11.50 tires.

Is this normal? Does anyone else notice this? More importantly what can I do about it?

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how long have you had it? does it dog walk? cab ever been off?
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Bought it new in January of 2010. Cab has never been off. Never felt any "dog walk". It tracks straight. I might have someone drive it down the road while I follow to see it if it looks funny.

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you can't feel dog walking... a truck can run perfectly straight down the road and still be dog walking. only good way to tell is have somebody drive behind you and make sure the truck is facing forward
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If it is dog walking, how do you correct this?? I have the same issue. I have a 1 inch spacer up front and 35 inch tires.

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first thing is find out why. have it inspected/aligned by a good frame/alignment shop.

It could be a combination of production tolerances, it could simply be that the body isn't square to the frame. It could be that the frame is tweaked/damaged
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Went out and took some more measurements. I was hoping the bed may have shifted but tire clearance to frame measurements show the same issue. Drivers side is nearly 3/4" further in then the passengers. The U bolts look like they may have shifted. I'm more worried about the front axle at the moment. I need to find a reputable 4x4 shop and get thier opinion.

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I dont know, all I have left is the powertrain warranty. Its technically a suspension deal. Knowing my local service dept they will find any and every reason not to warranty it. Aftermarket tires ect...

Anytime you need warranty work done you must provide tsb's and do your own leg work with this place or they will screw you.

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