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You may have the same issue I had about a month ago. Mine has an 11" lift with leafs, shocks and 38's also. The steering felt loose after a while and it's almost like you are chasing the left and right steering just to keep the truck tracking straight. Lots of play when maneuvering at slow speeds going from side to side. It may feel in the wheel like the shaft from your steering wheel is sloppy when trying to go left/right in tight places like a parking lot.
I discovered that the steering adjustment sleeve was getting loose and actually disconnected on me. Thankfully I was in a parking lot and moving at 1 mph when it happened. Upon investigation I found the sleeve was barely 3/4" threaded on both ends to the rods. It just got loose and beat the crap out of my rod ends and just fell off. No one I know of makes a longer sleeve, and since your lift is so high like mine I had to have a machinist take a new sleeve and cut the center out. He welded about 2" of new steel in the middle and then reinforced it. I also had him drill the bolt heads and nuts so I could safety wire them.
Scared the hell out of me because just a week earlier I took my son to the airport right off of I-5 and thought about what could have happened losing all steering control at 70 mph. Would not have ended well for anyone involved.
Check the bolts on the alignment adjustment sleeve and stick a thin flathead screwdriver in the open slot and see how much rod is threaded in there before it decides to do what it did to me. The attached picture shows the sleeve after I got it temporarily back on to get the truck home. Note how much thread is shown available for use by the sleeve.
God forbid you are on the road at speed and lose all steering control. Check this before you turn the key please.
Last edited by Sediment; 09-02-2013 at 05:34 AM.
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