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Old 05-17-2010, 06:27 PM
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Tire Rub Problem....HELP!!!!!!

i have an 04 f350 power stroke.

i went 4" lift [procomp] with dual stabilzers and 35x12.50r20
tires.

well, numb nutz me forgot that this truck has leaf springs up front
and now i have tire rub. and, as you all know who have these trucks,
they are no ferrari when it comes to turn radius and losing ANY
steering movement is bad. and right now, i diont have to go all the
way to lock on each side to get rub.

anyway of corrrecting this besides going back to factory size tires?

can the leafs be ground any or modded to accomodate?

can i switch over to a coil type like the newer rigs run and get rid
of the leaf springs?

if i can go to coil over, what am i looking at cost wise. is there a recomended
kit?

ALSO: when i picked up my truck and was going down the road, everything was GREAT! rode much better than i thought and the pro comp xtreme
all terains are super quiet. but, i notice that my steering wheel is WAY
off center!!

my steering wheels center bar, where the horn and and controls are mounted
was straight across, 3:00 and 9:00 as to clock reference. now it is at
12:00 and 6:00!!! makes it real uncomfortable to drive that way.

they said thats what happens when you lift a truck. but this is pretty damned
severe, expecially when my tires were always centered with the center spoke
being straight across. its only a 4" lift, i didnt think that was concidered to
severe of a lift.

anything i can do to resolve that?
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Old 05-17-2010, 06:36 PM
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You need to get an alignment and that should straighten you steering wheel up.
I dont think you want to go grinding on your springs so dont do that haha.

What backspacing do you have on your rims? That may be the reason you are getting bad rub cause Im running the same setup and I only rub if Im at full lock and go through a ditch or something.
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Old 05-17-2010, 08:25 PM
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The ideal wheel for that setup would be a 4.5" BS -12 offset. Sounds like you went with a + offset maybe? Some people use wheel spacers to bring the tires out away from the springs. I'm running a 13" wide tire, with 4.61" BS -10 offset and no rub on springs at full lock.
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Old 05-18-2010, 07:38 AM
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i dont know what the backspace was.

i had a shop do a package deal for me and they ordered the tires
and rims mounted, and then they insatllled them on my truck.

sounds like a problem that can "easily" be fixed. on this back space,
is this a shim of some sort that goes on the inside of the rims?

sounds like i either have to change the rims to a different backspace
or run spacers, correct? any issues/risks with adding spacers?

thanx so much again guys. great info!!!!!

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