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Old 07-29-2012, 12:19 PM
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2000 F250 Steering issues

Ok suspension/steering guys, I need some help... Here is the story: I bought a 2000 F250 back in May with what appears to be a Tuff Country 2.5" leveling kit on the truck. The truck could hardly be handled going down the road, steering was awful. Eventually found that the truck had a drop bracket for the track bar, I grabbed a hold of the track bar and it was loose! Removed it and found there was no concentric drive spacer inside the bushing at all. So I installed a factory track bar bracket and a factory pitman arm( had a drop pitman arm on it).
I also put an adjustable track bar on it. Even with the track bar adjusted all the way in, the passenger tire still stuck out farther than the driver's tire, so I muscled the factory track bar back on to try and center the axle. Axle is still slightly to the passenger side. Steering is better, but still wanders and has bump steer. I installed a reman Ford gearbox in it last week, so the steering is nice and tight, but it is still a pain to drive.

This is really driving me nuts. I'm not real familiar with lift kits and what not, but I would expect this truck to drive much better than it does. I really have to "drive" this truck.
Hopefully this all makes sense, but I can't figure out what the deal is with this thing. I'm very surprised that the axle is still shifted to the right even with a 2.5" lift and stock track bar...does this mean that my suspension is tired out?

Truck has new ball joints, new steering gear, and a new steering gear.


thanks in advance!
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Old 07-29-2012, 04:59 PM
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start here... truck has a 2.5 lift of some sort, with stock track bar, and pit man arm , correct ???????

look at the steering and track bar from the front, the closer to parallel they are, the better it drives.
does the steering wheel jerk during bumps ????

to help center the axle, if a stock pitman arm is present, you need an adjustable track bar. if not, you need a drop bracket to keep geometry correct first. then a stock length or adjustable may be used.

to help future install, a ratchet strap may help pull the frame side to side to center and then install track bar. hope this helps.
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Old 07-29-2012, 05:06 PM
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Yes, I have a stock pitman arm and stock track bar with no drop bracket. I actually bought an adjustable track bar, but my axle is actually shifted to the right, not the left. I realize the geometry, when you lift the front end, the track bar doesn't move which pulls the axle to the left (driver's) side...but in my case, it seems as though I need a track bar that is even shorter than stock. Thats what it doesn't make any sense to me....any ideas?
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if you are sure there is no trackbar bracket, select whichever bar you like ( adjustable ) and have it built to order, specify adjustability to be shorter than stock. i would also look real good at the frame....no accidents ? broken mounts ? may be just bad build day ????
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I already have an adjustable...and thats what I was thinking too, I'm going to see if a friend of mine that works at a machine shop could customize it shorter for me. We'll see.
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