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Ive asked this before with no luck... I have an 08 fx4.. did t bar crank n keys with rear axle blocks. Truck drove fine. Then had 3 inch bL installed n 35s mounted. Truck then began pulling left when you let go of wheel. Took truck for second alignment and still pulls left. I checked brakes no seized calipers or ne thing. Tire pres. Is good. What can this be. P.s. im also running 2 inch aluminum wheel spacers could that have ne thing to do with the pull? It almost feels like im crab walking when i drive. Im guna go out soon n retighten shackles for axle blocks. Hoping that could be the problem. Had it dun like 3 weeks ago and a buddy just told me i should have retightened them a week after they were done. Could rear have shifted under hard torque?
Any help is appreciated. Thanks guys
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Yes,retorque the u-bolts but make sure the rear axle is square to the frame and the front end.

Why the spaces, do you realize the pressure you are applying to the wheel bearing packs... !?
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Don't forget to recheck the tire pressures. Ten pounds low in one tire may not stand out looking at it but will cause the truck to pull.
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I know the spacers make the 13 inch wide tires stick out real nice and look good but kill ev thing. Im taken them off this weekend when i change roatars n pads. And as for tire preasure i checked and filled using digital guage. And whats the best way to make sure he back end is squared up? With an actual measuring squRe of is it like something i should bring back to my buddies suspension shop?
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Park in a nice flat empty parking lot.
Tie a piece of string , about 40 feet long to the brake line where it enters a rear wheel cylinder.
Run the string around the front of the tire outside, midway up and walk straight back from the truck.
Have a friend direct you side to side until the string just touches the sidewall on the rear or the tire.
Sight down the string from the end you're holding.
You should be able to see evenly down the side of the truck.
Do the same on the other side.
If you can see one side of the truck but not the other, the axle is crooked.
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Just talked to my buddy. Told me to bring truck to his shop this afternoon n were guna try to get ev thing all traightened out. Thanks again for the info... Hopin that its nuttin besides a little side tracking
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Ended.up replacing casters with adjustable ones and problem was fixed in under an hour
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Glad you got it fixed!
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