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Ehhh.. somthn seems wrong

well ive noticed this for a while, but today it kinda got to me when me and a buddy were driving up to his place and we parked behind my truck. what im getting at is that my truck in the rear mainly, looks like my axel is shifted more to the pass. side, caue you can tell my rear tire sticks out more on the pass than the driver side. its slightly the same in the front, but i was wondering if any of ya had a thought on why this is. i dont think its the BL, cause i noticed it before i got the lift.
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Look at the spring packs, are they still lined up? Check for bent shackles?
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Placement of the bed on the frame may be off a little....mine on my chevy is mess up like that.

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well i know for a fact that my last spring in the pack, watever the small one is, (cant remember the name) is off quite a bit on the driverside and a little on the pass. but i dont know if it would cause this. i'll get pics of it tomarrow. other than that i dont think anything else is wrong but i'll have to look close at it tomarrow
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The U joints should hold it straight. Andy take a level and check your front tires as compared to your bad tires. Do you notice your truck dogtracking at all?

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no i dont think it does, but it seems as if the front and back is off about the same.. about 1-1/2" or so
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It looks like you got your answer, but I thought I'd chime in anyway...

I've seen threads on this before, and it seems like the axle-to-bed alignment is not perfect on any of our trucks. Some Rangers seem to be off more than others.

Like it has been mentioned, your leaf packs can throw the axle alignment off, but it's generally how the bed is centered on the frame. You might check the gap between the portion of the bumper that extends under the tailgate, and the edges of the bed sides where they wrap around the back corner. Then again, your bumper alignment could be off too.

A shadetree mechanic's test for crabbing (or a bent frame after a collision, for that matter) would be to drive your truck through a puddle of water and then get out and look at the tracks left on the dry pavement. That will show you if the rear axle is following the front tires, or if it is out of alignment, relative to the frame.
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The U joints should hold it straight.
What the ?
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I like the puddle suggestion! Chances are your body just isn't perfectly strait on your frame, IMHO unless you have tire wear issues or it seems to drive strangely, it's probably nothing to worry about unless the look of it being off bothers you that much (it would me). I spent hours nudging the body back into position when I reassembled my '85, and I'm still not convinced it's perfect, but it's incomperably better than factory!!!
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yea im only worried what it will look like with the 15x10's and 35's , but i'll get over it
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What the ?

Lol sorry. I pulled an all nighter last night and was hopped off my a** on on nodoze and redbull and a bag of sour skittles. I can't remember what i meant to say last night but it has nothin to do with u-joints lol.

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U-bolts maybe heh
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how bout u-suck!

My rangers straight. I've always thought somethins been wrong with your ranger. how it always acts funny around my truck. (insert innuendo about your truck being gay here).

As I said, measure and seee.
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you is retadeded
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