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Old 05-21-2008
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Front end on a 97...

I've been having alot of issues on my 1997 front end. Cracked cross memeber where the left control arm connects to it. Also cracked that bracket in half too. Once I got the crack all welded up and put the new "same size bracket"...I couldn't get it alined...they got the biggest cambers on there all ready and the arm D bolts are moved at much as tehy can too, but the passenger side is off 2.8 degrees negitave and the drivers side is off by .9 degrees. I bought shorter brackets to try and bring the bottom of the tires inward. Has anyone else had an issue simlar to this? Or am I on my own with this? The truck was lifted in feb of 98 so the left is about as old as the truck.

These pictures are of before I fixed the crack and put the same size bracket back on...
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I will Add the ned pictures of if welded and the broken bracket offand the difference in size of brackets.
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if you didnt pull the crossmember back together before welding it, the it won't do any good.

Lifts put unwanted stress on all truck parts.
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you may have some bent parts as well. ill bet that thing will never line up again without a lot of work. are your springs broke or very weak? that will shove the camber way off on a dual i-beam truck.
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you need to replace the engine/TTB mount crossmember.

its gonna be a lot of work.
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I said that once before and he didn't believe me.
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yeah, the passenger side pivot point is where the problem is, and its on the drivers side of the cross member.

depending on how he welded it (and it must have been done wrong) then it may not be fixable.
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Old 05-22-2008
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No those pictures are before the cross member was even welded.

That's why its so off, but yes its still off...and yes I did bring them back together but I was sure that it droped a tad over the time it was
cracked.

So thats where is might be "bent" down the arms and everything else looked and leveled out right but I'm sure on that the cross memeber is saggin a tad, but as of now I'm gonna give the shorter axel brackets a try, they should bring the axel pivet arm up on the inside and down to bring the lower part of the tire inward and alow them to aline the SOB.

The springs are fine, and I'm sure they are settled but it still sits level, so now changes there.

It's been alot of work, and still is going to be...Two shorter brackets then off to get the alinement.

Us northwesterners are having a little get together in two weekends up to Mt St Helens...So I got two weeks not including Memorial weekend, and I work 7am-3pm and my friend works 12pm-10pm....Luckly I got a flexible boss and I can take off the morning and try to get it done before work but if we don't get r done I can't go to work...ahhhh shucks.

I need some luck on my side!
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unless you pulled the crack back together, then welding didn't do anything for fixing it.
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we used a jack and jacked up from under to push it up a little bit.
Once we sell my mothers and my ladies mothers and her bf's house's we are all taking care of cash situations and I can get a cummuter/work truck and just f u c k around with this truck!
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How did that happen?

I have the exact same truck as you and I want to do the 4" and 33's but now I am kind of worried
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