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Old 02-02-2008, 11:55 PM
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Crooked Rear Axle!

Hey Guys,

So I have kind of a big problem. I put a lift on my truck about three months ago and it been fine the only problem that with the added torque from my performance mods I get some nasty axle hop whenever I hit the gas. As I was driving home from college today it felt like the whole time I was driving the truck was sideways a little. So when I got home and checked it out I noticed the rear drivers side tire was about 10 inches from the front of the fender and only about 2 inches from the rear of the fender.

So I looked on the other side and could see the tire was sitting kind of sideways. I got under the truck and saw that on the drivers side the stock block (kit was add a leaf) had tried moving backwards with the axle but luckily the ubolts held so the axle didnt seperate from the leafs. So my axle is now crooked. I am assuming this happened from three months of intense axle hop creating forces trying to push the axle backwards which finally succeeded. I am assuming that the solution to this problem is to buy rear traction bars which I have found for $330 a pair. Im planning on taking apart the rear end tomorow to see if there is any damage such as the centering pin being broke n and if not I will straighten out the axle and install track bars later on when they come in.

So I think this is the solution but if any one else has any suggestions it would be greatly appreciated. And also if anyone knows of where trac bars for a 95 f250 can be found cheaper please let me know.

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Old 02-03-2008, 04:03 AM
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Traction Bars

I have a 6" lift on mine and have traction bars to eliminate the problem. Sounds like you were lucky it didn't come out from under there. That would definately have left a mark! Be careful!
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Old 02-03-2008, 04:14 AM
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another option would be to go with a full lifted spring pack from a company like Alcan. Blocks are notorious for creating wheel hop. Alcans would ride better and flex better offroad than the AAL/Block combo you have now.

Just my $.02
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+1 I agree with both Hank and Joey. I think the trac bars will definately help you out though.
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Old 02-03-2008, 11:34 AM
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OBS trucks are horrible about axle hop in stock form. The lift and bigger tires made it tons worse. I would definatly put some type of ladder bar on it and look into getting some rearched rear springs to get rid of the blocks. Another thing that helps is when it starts hoppin....get off the throttle. You cannot drive through wheelhop on these trucks very well.
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My lift was add a leaf the blocks on there are the stock blocks, but when I looked under it today I think my centering pins broke too. Ill know more when I take the axle down to see if there is any more damage but Im definitely going to get ladder bars.

Thanks for the help guys!
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