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ranger bed is tilted

i have an 09 ranger sport 4x4 and I've noticed ever since i bought the truck that the body lines don't match up between the bed and the cab i under stand that can be normal, but I've also noticed that my bed is tilting more and more to the driver side at the rear, . what i mean is if i go outside and put a straight edge across the bed, 3 corners of the bed will be at the same height but the driver rear side of the box will be lower. i had the dealership manager fix it once by adjusting something in the back, however when i go to the dealership know they tell em there is no such thing to adjust that in the rangers. can any one shed some light on this or does anyone know what i have to do to get my truck bed level again.

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I seen this on a lot of rangers. Seems to do it when you have a full tank of gas. I call it the ranger lean.
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the thing is i don't have a full tank of gas right now and it's still doing it, I'm wondering do you think it will fix itself after i put the add a leaf and the new shackles on. or is it something else that's causing it.
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Considering there's more load on that side than the passenger side, the springs wear out quicker. So you and a tank of gas add over 200lbs everyday to that side.
I have the lean, even with add a leafs...
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My '03 FX4 does that also only to the passenger side. It seems kinda typical of Rangers and mine has never been wrecked, only 60K miles. I just went and bought some good stainless washers, took out the bed bolts, and evened mine up. Looks fine now and only cost $4.
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Yeah there are shims you can add under the bed bolts to even up the body lines but as far as suspension lean goes you have Ranger gangsta lean and you can't do nothin' about it.
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I posted this in trepauls sas thread, it is a simple fix, works over 90% of the time. Get a big boned girl to sit in the passenger seat, and if that doesn't help get one to sit in the passenger side of the bed too.
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try taking the slack out of the driver side t-bar. Crank the drivers side a couple times. But i have never seen as much lean as you have. Yours is really out of whack for some reason...
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to be honest the frame looks warped on that side
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to be honest the frame looks warped on that side
x2 i didn't want to be the one who said it. Its a ranger lean that i have never seen to that extent
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If you look close enough.. it also looks as if the bumper is out of whack as wel.. and since the bumper is tied into the frame directly, thats telling a story all its own - I woudl be inclined to get yourself under there and inspect the frame.. make sure nothing crashed on it and someone jsut did a bed swap to cover it uyp.
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the truck has been in 2 accidents equalling a total of $20,000 dollars. the first time it hit a concrete wall on the passenger rear side goign about 50 KMH and the second time a guy going 50 KMH plowed the driver side rear end. the guy who hit the truck tore the rear shackle right off the frame and bent the leaf springs on the driver side, but they replaced it with new ones and told me the frame wasn't warped. they said they checked the frame by putting it on an alignment machine.
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Hmm.. from what it looks like - the frame is definitely tweaked.. most likely the drivers side was pushed down just a slight bit. Enough for it to definitely tweak the bed on it.
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x2

mine did this for a while when i flexed it out really hard one time. fixed it by flexing the other side equally as much haha
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mine did this for a while when i flexed it out really hard one time. fixed it by flexing the other side equally as much haha
Even cheaper than my fix...lol...and more fun
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Hmm.. from what it looks like - the frame is definitely tweaked.. most likely the drivers side was pushed down just a slight bit. Enough for it to definitely tweak the bed on it.
Yeah there is no way you could put that much stress on the frame and not have it tweaked at least a little. It's just something you will have to deal with. Or buy a new truck. Or replace the frame.
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Try bringing the Torsion bar up on the front a little but more on the drivers than passenger side, if they already aren't cranked out. it might help a bit.
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Hmm.. from what it looks like - the frame is definitely tweaked.. most likely the drivers side was pushed down just a slight bit. Enough for it to definitely tweak the bed on it.
If the Frame was bent, the otherside of the bed would be out of whack with the cab. like it wouldn't line up right.
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here is the other side
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Your frame isn't tweaked, that side wouldn't look right if it was. it looks fine to me. try tightening up the torsion bar on the drivers side, there's a how-to if you don't know how in the how-to section.
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isn't the torsion bars for the front how would it affect the back.
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Its what i've always done when someone has come to the dealership and complained about the lean, if you crank it a few threads it should give you the lift to fix it.
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Maybe it is just the pitch of your driveway causing the truck to look like that.
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