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2013 F250 Steering Question??

I just purchased a new 2013 F250 and had the dealer put on my Icon 4.5" lift with 35x12.50x20's. Coming from and older truck where I had feel in the steering... This new truck steering seems as if it was real loose because it wonders a little bit and I don't have as much "feel" in the wheel. I do notice that I have to turn the wheel alot further when turning into a parking lot than my old truck. (dodge) I asked the guys at the dealer and they told me the newer pickups have electric steering assist and that is why it is real easy to turn the wheel.

Does anyone know if you can adjust this where I have more stable feel?

I also installed the Icon dual steering stablizer kit as well.
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I just purchased a new 2013 F250 and had the dealer put on my Icon 4.5" lift with 35x12.50x20's. Coming from and older truck where I had feel in the steering... This new truck steering seems as if it was real loose because it wonders a little bit and I don't have as much "feel" in the wheel. I do notice that I have to turn the wheel alot further when turning into a parking lot than my old truck. (dodge) I asked the guys at the dealer and they told me the newer pickups have electric steering assist and that is why it is real easy to turn the wheel.

Does anyone know if you can adjust this where I have more stable feel?

I also installed the Icon dual steering stablizer kit as well.
I would have the alignment checked to make sure that you have around 4 degrees of caster.

The Dodges have a higher ratio in the steering box and a slightly smaller steering wheel. That's why they feel a bit more responsive and you have a tighter feel. I have both a 2010 Ram 2500 and an '11 F250 and it is very weird going back and forth between the 2.



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Thank SkydRam! I figured something would be different. Do you notice that you have to turn the wheel alot further in corners or pulling into a parking lot?
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Thank SkydRam! I figured something would be different. Do you notice that you have to turn the wheel alot further in corners or pulling into a parking lot?
Yes,
After driving the Dodge for a few days I forget how much extra steering input the Ford needs. It makes for a few close calls when pulling into a parking lot sometimes but it also makes the truck feel less sketchy at high speeds.



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Yeah just making a right/left hand turn on to a street, the Ford is over one full turn.
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Thought I would check the air pressure this morning while it was cool... Dealer put 75 lbs. in the tires and it says 65 lb. max cold on the side wall. So I let them out to 60 lbs. and that has helped a little with the steering. I think I will still need to check the caster and see where it is at.
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Thought I would check the air pressure this morning while it was cool... Dealer put 75 lbs. in the tires and it says 65 lb. max cold on the side wall. So I let them out to 60 lbs. and that has helped a little with the steering. I think I will still need to check the caster and see where it is at.
Wow!
I bet that it was a little squirlly and rides kinda stiff. Depending on what tires you are running I would go down to about 40-45 up front and around 35 in the rear when not towing.



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I'm running a Nitto Trail Grappler in a 35x12.50x20. You would run the air that low?
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I'm running a Nitto Trail Grappler in a 35x12.50x20. You would run the air that low?
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That's one of the stiffest tires in that size. That tire at 65psi will support 3195 ea so unless you have 3000 lbs in the bed of your truck they are way over inflated for when your truck is empty. I would experiment around 35 psi in the rear and see what you think. Since the front of your truck is around 4500 lbs that's where the higher 40-45 psi comes in to play.



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I'm running a Nitto Trail Grappler in a 35x12.50x20. You would run the air that low?
See if you can find the load tables for your tire. That will tell you the recommended psi. Then if you tow, you can air up your tires to the desired level. Air pressure can make a pretty big difference in ride quality.

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You will get some axle wrap with a heavy trailer, I can feel it when towing my gooseneck with some heavy equipment. My Deavers will wrap enough to make the tires rub the front of the rear fender well if I give it too much throttle on aceleration.
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