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Old 09-27-2010
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2003 Supercab XLT leans ever so slightly to the side

I just bought a 03 super cab xlt and I notice then when you look at the truck from the front I notice it leans a little bit to the left. I though maybe my eyes were playing tricks on me so I measured from top of the fender to the floor and indeed it was off on the side that I suspected. I then measured the rails on the rear end of where the bed sits and both sides measure the same. one person told me that maybe the bed is crooked when it was put on in the factory and someone else says maybe I need some extra leafs. I've heard this is real common in pick up trucks. I'm hoping that it's not the suspension and something just needs to be adjusted. I don't notice the suspension to be rougher or different on the passenger side but then again I've only this truck for 2 days. Any thoughts?
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if its the driver side thats lower, its because of the "ranger lean" battery gas tank and driver all on one side is the culprit
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the right side(or drivers side as you're saying it) should be a little bit higher so when you sit in it itll level out.
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The right rear of my truck is 1" lower than the other three corners... I still can't figured out why! I don't know how much weight a shock would actually support but I've always wondered if it's because of the way one shock is ahead of the axle and the other is behind...
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if its the driver side thats lower, its because of the "ranger lean" battery gas tank and driver all on one side is the culprit
The passenger side is LOWER. When I measure all 4 wheels (top of wheel well to ground) all are around the same (like an inch in difference) while the passenger side rear is off by 2 inches or more. its almost like the truck needs to be up higher in the rear a little. I've heard if you swap leaf springs it can solve the problem. theres no way it evens out when I get in the truck, i'm not that heavy. either way barely noticeable and nobody would notice it but myself but it's killing me. the truck should be even all the way around

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Since it's that odd corner that's off, the Ford manual calls for use of shims to correct this. Of course, this is all depending on bent frame or not but Ford has a procedure for droopy bed corners.
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[QUOTE=Fx4wannabe01;1739528]Since it's that odd corner that's off, the Ford manual calls for use of shims to correct this. Of course, this is all depending on bent frame or not but Ford has a procedure for droopy bed corners.[/QUOTE

no bent frame. this truck is practically new, a few paint chips here and there that's all. what do I shime?
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2003 is not practically new. you bought it used. Did you see the car fax?
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2003 is not practically new. you bought it used. Did you see the car fax?
if you saw it it's pretty new. I saw the carfax smart ***..... let's put it this way this 03 ranger is in way better shape than most other rangers out there. i put tints on it yesterday & she looks even sexier
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odd my 08 has normal ranger lean, the right fenderwell at a solid 34" and the left a hair over 33" with the fronts even at 31.5"
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Since it's that odd corner that's off, the Ford manual calls for use of shims to correct this. Of course, this is all depending on bent frame or not but Ford has a procedure for droopy bed corners.

Where do the shims go? Under the bed or in with the factory lift block on the suspension? Mine is slightly lower (about 5/8") on the rear passenger side too. Front is perfectly level and the truck has never been in an accident. It was worse before I changed shocks, I think one of them was sticking.
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okay so I adjusted the torrison bar and it was off on the side that I suspected it was indeed. i swear though it is still ever so slightly off........
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interesting. I bought my truck last week and noticed i had really bad lean as well. My front fenders at at 34 1/4" and the d/s rear is 36 1/2 and the p/s is 35 1/2. guess i need to shim the bed?
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do most mechanics know how to put spacers in the leafs or where ever they go?
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Ive had mine on almost perfect level surface and it leans toward passager. My mustang dont sit perfect either....i doubt and car or truck does.
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Ive had mine on almost perfect level surface and it leans toward passager. My mustang dont sit perfect either....i doubt and car or truck does.
yes i'm sure all vehicles bodys aren't sitting completely level but that's one thing but it's another if it's noticible. anyways i can still visiually notice that it still has a lean to it to the right from the rear. i own another ford and i put a level on its back bumper and it's pretty much dead nuts. I know i can't have it absolutely perfect but i know i can get it so i wont notice it....... any other suggestions..... where do these spacers go?
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the shims go under the body mounts of the bed.
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Weak leaf spring,torsion bar can cause leaning. Spacers will only mask the problem and make the body sit level. It depends on how far you want to go to fix the problem.
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Weak leaf spring,torsion bar can cause leaning. Spacers will only mask the problem and make the body sit level. It depends on how far you want to go to fix the problem.
i want fix the problem completely
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there is no problem w/ the suspension the body is just cocked slightly
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so I figured it out. I raised the side that was lower and lowered the side that was high with the torsion bars. Problem solved. Thanks!
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