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Old 02-03-2014, 03:54 PM
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Hlep me understand why camber adj?

So I have read on here many times that you need to adjust your camber when you lift the front of these trucks (mine is 2013 CCSB). So if I put a leveling kit on I will need the alignment cams and probably an adjustable track bar or drop bracket to keep the axle centered. My question is: why? If the axle is raised ad centered via proper track bar bracket or extended bar why would it even need to be aligned? Learn me guys!

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Hey I'm with you. I'm running 6" of lift with a drop trac bar bracket and adjustable trac bar. I've never needed an alignment. When I did get an alignment check they told me I was good to go.
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CASTER needs to be fixed on these trucks with certain lifts. If you just put a spacer or taller coil on the factory arms, you changed the angle that the axle rides down the road. This can lead to tons of steering problems.
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Ok, I hear what you are saying but why? Now, I had a 04 F-250 with the front leaf springs and had both the 4 and 6" lifts on that truck with no alignment required. Probably a whole different animal but... Thanks for the help guys. I want to lift and just want to understand why its necessary??
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Ok, I hear what you are saying but why? Now, I had a 04 F-250 with the front leaf springs and had both the 4 and 6" lifts on that truck with no alignment required. Probably a whole different animal but... Thanks for the help guys. I want to lift and just want to understand why its necessary??
If the leafs were lifted evenly then the caster remained the same as stock. With the 05-07, when you lift the front, the radius arm pivots downward. This tips the axle forward and changes the caster. Basically draw a line through the center of the ball joints and when you tip the axle forward that axis tips forward as well. This decreased caster can cause the truck to wander or handle badly. The positive caster helps the steering center up and track well.


This is a good example.


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I got ya. Makes since now I think. So Can I assume this is fixed a few different ways, some better than others?

1. Caster adjustment cams
2. Drop radius arm brackets
3. New radius arms


Why is it that some lift companies offer different components for their leveling kits besides cost? How tall can the front end be raised before you need a drop track bar bracket or longer track bar? Having the axle centered is very important I would think.
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having the axle centered is nice but honestly you won't feel it in the handling except maybe in certain rut situations

since the axle is still perpendicular to the rear axle the wear and other concerns like dog tracking don't arise
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