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Alignment after lift question?

I just purchased a 06 F250 lariat fx4 with a 6" fabtech radial arm lift. It's a great lookin truck and rides really well. My only issue is that it wants to pull to the right pretty good. I have had three alignments done to it and none have corrected the problem, nor do they know what the problem is. This is where I could use some help from someone with more knowledge than myself about this kind of issue.
I did see something about being able to adjust the radial arms to possibly fix this issue. Could this be true? All the alignments have only been on the wheels like a normal vehicle. Look forward to some input. Thanks.

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I faintly remember another member having s similar issue.
It ended up being the camber/caster bushings. Not sure what they are called exactly. I believe they are nylon or similar and go under the nut for the top ball joint.

That guy had his truck to the alignment shop a few times too but never checked those. After replacement, all was good.

Might ask them about it, idk

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Thanks for the info INFRNL. I'll run that by them, see what they think.
Still open to other suggestions. Thanks.

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did they give you a copy of the alignment printout? if so post the specs. Try crossing the front tires and see if the pull changes directions. I do alignments alot at work and alot of the time it is a tire pull. If it is a tire wheel shop they most likely have a newer alignment machine. The one we have tells you exactly which bushings to buy to get it in spec and gives you part numbers for napa, moog, ford, etc.
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agreed, it my be a tire....

does your arm have any adjustment for caster ? if so, an eccentric may be misaligned and actually trying to twist the axle tubes.

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So I did some measuring and discovered the axle needs to come back to the drivers side about a half inch to be centered. Also the passenger side tire is turned to the right with the steering wheel straight and the driver side wheel straight. Would have thought after 3 alignments they would have picked up on that. The track bar is stock and not adjustable. Do I need an adjustable track bar to fix the axle and then get a new alignment? Thanks in advance.

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With a 6 inch lift, a dropped pitman arm AND a dropped track bar bracket should be used. The important thing to remember is to keep the track bar and drag link at the same angle.

On a side note, go to a different alignment shop. It staggers the imagination that it took 3 trips and they didn't catch that.

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