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Old 01-01-2013, 11:46 AM
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Axle off center

I am finally trying to figure out why the driver's side tire sticks out from the fender and the passenger side is tucked in. Here is what I know:

-'05 F250 4WD super cab/long bed 10K GVW w/stock suspension
-Owned for 5 years (34k then and 96k now) and has been like this the whole time
-It looks like about an inch off but not sure where to measure from other than the fender to tire
-Was in an accident before I bought it (owner said it was in a parking lot and was not major but was on the pass side front)
-Drives okay
-Others have followed behind and have not noticed dog tracking or crabbing
-Local dealer (the best in our area for SD's) scratch their heads
-Two very reputable alignment shops scratch their heads
-Just got it back yesterday (rust repair) from a very good body shop and they are scratching their heads (but did suggest an adjustable track bar).
-track bar measures about 37" long center to center.

An adjustable track bar would most likely fix this but it seems to me there is something wrong here. A wild guess on my part is that it has the wrong track bar on it. Maybe someone could measure theirs for me if they have the same configuration as my truck.
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Old 01-01-2013, 01:37 PM
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The track bar is the only thing that centers your axle. It may be bent or have a wrong bracket. You might try removing the upper bolt and see where the truck settles. It should move right over to center barring the coils arnt junk. You will know then if you need an adjustabe track bar. Post some pics as well of underneth, we may see a bent bar or the wrong bracket.
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Posted pics of track bar

I now have photos of my track bar in my albums. Please look at them and let me know why you think the axle is off center about an inch. They are not great but these are the best 10 out of 20 photos. It would be nice if someone would verify if the length of the track bar center to center should be 37" (on a stock F250 4wd 10K gvw w/super cab long bed to be totally accurate).
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Old 01-02-2013, 02:34 PM
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put a link to your album please
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The track bar that i took off of my 2012 is 37 1/2 in. from center to center, that 1/2 will make the difference that your seeing.
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The track bar that i took off of my 2012 is 37 1/2 in. from center to center, that 1/2 will make the difference that your seeing.
Thanks for measuring. Do you know if this should be the same as my 05? It looks like mine would need to be closer to 38" but that is why I started this thread because there might be something else going on here that someone can see in my photos. Could the ball joint be bent? I know I can fix the situation with an adjustable bar but will be more money. Can anyone else measure their stock track bar to verify?
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Old 01-03-2013, 07:45 AM
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Is there a lift installed? Longer springs or spacer?

Increasing the distance from the axle to the frame without increasing the length of the tracbar will move the axle towards the driver's side.
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Stock suspension.
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Old 01-03-2013, 08:02 AM
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i will measure my 06 in a minute

this looks like the track bar has an arch ?
camera angle? it should have a bend at one point but that looks off? and would also explain the driver side bias

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