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I've looked through but I don't find anything addressing this issue. When turning full lock, forward or backwards, it feels as though the truck is tripping over itself. I was guessing a problem with tie rods or something like that, but the garage says that everything is tight. just replaced sway bar links and bushings. what else could it be?

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4x4 or 4x2?

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Sounds like you might be locked in 4x4. If you have manual hubs, check them to see if they are in lock mode. Sometimes kids will play jokes and turn your hubs, so even if your lever is in 2wd your front end could bind.

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4x4 and no, hubs were free. (Just had a storm, and had to lock em, my auto lock doesn't work) No kids will be playin with my locks, I need pliers to lock/unlock.

Maybe my tires don't like full lock? Could almost be like the tire rolling as I turn. I'm at a loss. I'm about to replace the shocks just cause, so that will be eliminated. Plus, upgrade to bilsteins from stock.

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Sometimes the auto hubs will stick locked even when manually turned from lock to auto. Only way to check for sure is to grab each axle and make sure it turns freely. My tires grab the leaf springs when I turn too sharp and it makes the truck jerk and makes a bad noise but I have 315s. Guess it could also be a ball joint.

I just got 4 Bilstein nickel looking shocks in the mail from ebay for $280 yesterday, plan to put them on soon.

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I'll have them check the BJ's, but they were replaced in august.

I just ordered mine on-line. 270 shipped. I don't need the 5100 series, as they don't make them for the back of my rig, and I have no lift.

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Maybe a bad front u-joint that is binding when in a full turn? but also like alabama frog said, could be the ball joints, they can make a snap feeling when turning if they are bad, but you just replaced them so i dunno.

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I've seen BJ's be bad outta the box before, so I'm not doubting it.

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If you have to use a pliers to turn the locks is likely that they are stuck locked. I had the same problem with mine and switched to manual warn hubs.
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No, they are not stuck locked. I took them off, and lubed them up. Wheels turn freely when unlocked.

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