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major front ifs problem

heres the scoop, i have a 05 edge, 3" fabtech lift kit on it, and when me and some of my buddies were out fooling around at the local offroad park, i decided it would be cool to jump my truck....lets just say not one of my brighter moments, but anyway, it was a hill about 5 feet high and i hit it going about 45-50 mph, flew over and on the other side there was a rut which my front tires landed in and bounced me back up in the air about 3-4 feet, somehow it still drove itself home, this was about 6-7 months ago and 1400 dollars later(new power steering rack, upper control arms, all ball joints, theres more but too much to list..) and my tires still look like this....
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anyone have any advice on what i can do to fix this(sorry, nowone can find the video of the actual jump, but if i find it, ill post it)
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Replace the spindle NOW if it's a 4x2. I jumped my truck a while back and 6 months later the drivers side shaft just snapped. I wasn't ready to SAS yet so I had to buy new spindles and repair it. Note: you can only buy them in pairs generally -- I know that's not good news.

It could be just some bent control arms -- but if you are a 4x2 you should for sure remove the wheels, brakes and hubs and do an inspection at the very least.

If it's a 4x4 then I have much less knowledge of the IFS and what might be the problem. Do get it checked out soon -- mine broke at very low speed on a secondary road and there was very little collateral damage. I was very, very blessed. It could have killed me.
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i took the passenger side off and it checked out just fine, nothing seemed outa place, its a 4x2 btw
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have you gotten it aligned?
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You need to wipe off the spindle real well and look for evidence of bending or hairline cracks.

Might not be it and I hope not. But after what I experienced, I thought I'd deliver a strong warning.
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Buy some camber adjusters and then have a shop align it, should take care of it.


BTW John is right about replacing the spindles, many times you won't be able to detect a crack upon visual inspection.
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local offroad park????
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Yea when i first looked at the pictures i thought alignment but i would take a goood good look at all your parts and double...no triple check your self that notings cranked or broken or anything.
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local offroad park????
yeah, over by stanton, what about it? and ill double triple quadruple check everything as soon as i get the chance to, but you guys must realize, the trucks been like this for 7-8 months and about 15000-18000 miles ago, i figured something would have happened by now, plus i drive atleat 70-100 miles in it everyday, but ill take the advice, thanks
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I gotta go once im done with my sad lol i want to see more carnage.
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im not doing it again unless someone is gonna buy me a new front end again....but it was fun! its amazing how much you love the ground after youve been that high in the air, i even hit my head on the roof of my truck....but we should set up a meet there(theres no other r-f members within like 200 miles of me...)
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I'm less than 100 miles away from you! There is a guy on here from Lubbock, and Camodown just moved to Midland.
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I'd love to get a POS truck and jump it a bunch, then light it on fire and party. LOL.
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we need to have a meet then! theres only like 5 4x4 rangers in the midland odessa area, and none of them ive seen on here
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I'll be in Midland Friday and Saturday. Unfortunately it won't be anything fun, my sister is getting married and I have to go.
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most likely it's just your alignment cams. But yeah, be safe & check everything also.
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aw that sucks, you wont be able to do anything?
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