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Old 03-16-2014, 05:30 AM
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Rear wheel position

Okay with my rear shackle flip I was required to relocate the axle a bit, I painstakingly centered it at ride height and checked at every degree of stuffing the wheel I could to make sure the tire would never contact the body (using dirt in the bed and a forklift to compress each side.

So my result was a perfectly centered rear wheel in the wheel well opening. But I keep seeing other trucks with the rear wheel slightly forward. I don't have any straight side shots of my truck from before the work to know if mine was, but it's bugging me.

My axle at ride height is dead center of the bump stops of the frame, and my wheels are nicely center in the wheel well. So from factory, are the rear wheels on these trucks pushed forward a hair?.
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Old 03-16-2014, 05:11 PM
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The wheels move back as the spring compresses so sitting a little forward is pretty standard for a lifted truck. Not like that with OEM springs cause they pretty flat but arc'd springs move the axle back a good bit when compressed. I run OUO rear blocks which allow 1-5/8" of for/aft adjustability. I have mine just 1/2" forward of center.

I have noticed that to a lot of trucks are not centered.
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Old 03-16-2014, 05:18 PM
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Yeah the perches I'm using had 1" either way... I welded up the one hole and drilled another one about 1 3/8" to centre the wheel because that little bit bothered me.

That said. My tire size is about the limit, it comes pretty close but that was flexed to an extreme I don't think I could ever duplicate in the real world.
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Old 03-16-2014, 05:21 PM
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My fifth wheel pin weight can be 3k if not loaded ideally so I can get the springs pushed down lol
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Old 03-16-2014, 05:25 PM
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Well that's good I can start gathering parts for traction bars then. Shackle style ones with as much ground clearance as I can manage
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