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Lift question / Bump steer

I have a 2006 F350 with a 6" lift I bought used. I have a lot of bump steer. When I look at the track bar and drag link ( I think that's what there called ) there angles don't match. Any of you have an 05 or newer F series truck and can look at the angles of them on yours and tell me how close the angles are to each other. I will go out and try to get a picture of it right now.

Steering gear box, drag link are new, ball joints and tie rods are all still good.

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My thought is that the track bar drop needs to drop more so the angles are closer to the same. I've found other mis matched pieces on my truck and wouldn't be surprised if the lift kit was pieced together with mismatched pieces.
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Dropped pitman arm, drop bracket for the upper track bar mount, for starters. Then, look at the trailing arms, are there drop brackets there? If not, you know what's next.

Pushing the axle down without addressing the trailing arms induces negative caster. Not dropping in the track bar pulls the axle to the driver's side. Finally, yes the track bar and drag link work best at the same angle.

I agree with your assessment that this lift was pieced together. I wouldn't be surprised if the stabilizers were shot.

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Trailing arms and everything are dropped. It just looks to me like the pitman arm drop doesnt match the drag link drop. I replaced the stock steering damper and that helped. It already had dual stabilizers and they feel nice and stiff when I push them by hand.

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From that picture its hard to tell if either one has been dropped. Can you get another shot, focusing on the track bar bracket?

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There's a drop pitman arm in pic, but doesn't look like there is a trac bar drop bracket.
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Heres a pic of the pitman arm.
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And one of the trac bar drop bracket.
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It's got a drop pitman arm and track bar bracket....maybe that was a 4" kit and it was pushed to 6"....that's about the only thing I can see. The pitman is the same for a 4-8" lift. The track bar is what's different in each kit. Take another pic of the whole front like your 1st pic u posted....where we can see the mounting points of both and the angle a little better. The 1st pic it's kinda hard to see the pointing points on right side of pic.
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Ok the kit was "pieced" together....I'd say u got a 4" drop bracket for trac bar, not a 6"
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