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Old 05-26-2013, 09:29 AM
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4 inch lift, now pulls right

Ok so I've got a '01 F350 4x, just had Dunbar Spring here in Phx do a rearch, aal, and adjustable trackbar to level me up. Brought the front up a nice four inches. Right when I picked it up it pulled to the right. I brought it home, installed Icon extended sway bar links and Icon 2.0 shocks. Took it to get an alignment and they said everything is perfect, maybe a tire. So to Discount I go and tires are fine, did a rotate an balance, still pulls to the right. What could be causing this?
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It pulls to the right, or the steering wheel is pointing left and when you have it centered it steers right?
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Old 05-26-2013, 10:05 AM
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Pulls to the right, let go of the wheel and I change lanes. Happens no matter what road and how much crown. Had the steering wheel centered so m good there.
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Old 05-26-2013, 10:27 AM
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Does the "pull" change when you brake? lightly? or firmly?

Is it a steady pull?
As in you can hold the wheel to the left steady in one place?
Or does it wonder around?

And at all speeds? give or take.
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Old 05-26-2013, 11:58 AM
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I'd say the trac-bar length is not set correctly or that the adjustment has backed off. Did they use red thread locker?


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Pulls constant and steady and doesn't change with braking and no wandering.
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I would be taking it to a different alignment shop. Or go back to your first alignment shop and have them give you the results.
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Old 05-27-2013, 02:20 AM
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ask for a printout of the alignment results after its done... I would also make the shop to it again. If you pay for an alignment you shouldnt have a vehicle that pulls.


As for the numbers being "in the green" (as seen on the screen) .... pay attention to the cross, it is still possible to have it "in specs" and wear tires.

if it didnt pull before the lift and you didnt change tires, id say they didnt install it correct. all bolts are supposed to be inserted, tightened, torqued in the loaded (tires on the ground) position. if they did it in the air id say that is where your problem will start. drive it around the block and over a few bumps, loosen all the bolts without removing them to ease the stress of the suspension and retorque. see if anything changes. then take it back for another alignment
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if it didnt pull before the lift and you didnt change tires, id say they didnt install it correct. all bolts are supposed to be inserted, tightened, torqued in the loaded (tires on the ground) position. if they did it in the air id say that is where your problem will start. drive it around the block and over a few bumps, loosen all the bolts without removing them to ease the stress of the suspension and retorque. see if anything changes. then take it back for another alignment
I have done several lift configurations under my 2003 and it never acted funky when I was done. While doing all of this monkeying around with my front end I found out that on a 4" lift, you can flip the sway bar mounts to the bottom of the frame and use the OEM end links.

How do you know that the length of the adjustable track bar is correct? Have you had a 4 wheel alignment done to ensure both axles are pointing in the same direction? Your front alignment can be dead on, but it means nothing if the axle is pulled to the left because the track bar is too short.

PERSONAL OPINIONS, I have seen rearched OEM springs sag, and I think that at 4" of lift, a track bar drop bracket and a dropped pitman arm should be used.
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Update

So adjusted track bar so axle is nice and center and that didn't change a damn thing. Went back to Network Alignment, they put in the adjustable cam and now everything is nice and straight. What a headache that was. Thanks everyone for all your suggestions.
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