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Rear axle alignment is off. Solutions?

I was staring at my truck tonight, and noticed my rear tire on the passenger side sticks out 1/2 - 1 inch further than my driver side... I measured from the inside of the tire to frame and sure enough, a little less than an inch off. This is bugging me bad. Are my leafs twisted? Did the axle come out of alignment where the u-bolts and spring packs attach? hmmm truck is in perfect alignment, drives straight, doesn't dog tail. Just looks off. I fixed the ranger lean with a little t-bar adjustment and now I'm tackling this issue. any input would be great.

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have someone ram your tire with a big truck! that might do it!
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have someone ram your tire with a big truck! that might do it!
We are all more dumb for reading that post....


Ben, your passenger side hardware like your leafs, etc... look to be newer then the driver side? Could that affect it?
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remember that you noticed your leafs were F'd up after we put the lift on

that may be the cause....one leaf may be twisted
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We are all more dumb for reading that post....


Ben, your passenger side hardware like your leafs, etc... look to be newer then the driver side? Could that affect it?
nope, got drunk and forgot to paint the pass springs. LOL
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remove the u bolts and loosen the center pin and let everything relax and straighten the leafs. reassemble, torque the u bolts down or replace them and take it to have the thrust angle checked to see how far it is really off, the bed could be crooked after the BL so that isnt an accurate measuring point
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Lord of War!! yes i agree, i feel dummber after reading my own post.. but honestly, hardware isnt going to change because it "looks older"... unless its "bent" or "damaged" but not newer or older...
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Ben, go sleep off the alcohol and remeasure in the morning
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sorry, just read you did measure to the frame
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Lord of War!! yes i agree, i feel dummber after reading my own post.. but honestly, hardware isnt going to change because it "looks older"... unless its "bent" or "damaged" but not newer or older...
not exactly true. newer springs have less sag in them, but these springs are original and the bolts on the packs haven't been touched. I'm gonna jack the truck up tomorrow of this weekend and take the wheels off and loosen all the bolts on the leaf packs and move it over a smidgen.I'm pretty sure its just a little tweaked. no big deal. Me and the texan (JohnBaum13) drank a 6 beers each staring at it. lol
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What did you measure from the frame to? the wheel? brakes?

I still say wait till the middle of the day tomorrow when your beer goggles aren't playing games with ya haha
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hmm. this cant be normal...

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Me and the texan (JohnBaum13) drank a 6 beers each staring at it. lol

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What did you measure from the frame to? the wheel? brakes?

I still say wait till the middle of the day tomorrow when your beer goggles aren't playing games with ya haha
digital caliper from frame to inside of tire. on level ground.
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hmm. this cant be normal...


hmm, yeah not to say its normal or anything but i was chatting with another Ranger owner and he said that his overload leafs were a bit crooked on his 05 and he had to straighten them out... after taking a quick peek at mine (08) i noticed that mine were slightly off as well.. not quite as much as yours but not straight either... perhaps over time they start to shift a bit...?? anyone else?
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hmm i think im gonna have to check mine out at lunch.
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just looked at mine and my passenger overload it off like that too.
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hmm. this cant be normal...

That is normal lol, they usually aren't straight
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hmm. this cant be normal...

actually it is.. overloads do that a lot.. take a hammer to it.

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digital caliper from frame to inside of tire. on level ground.
caliper? thats one hugeeee caliper.

are you sure you measured to the exact same part on the tire?

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That is normal lol, they usually aren't straight
Finally..
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my 09. 9,500 miles or so. Yeah its crooked too.

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my 09. 9,500 miles or so. Yeah its crooked too.

thats exactly how my 07 looks at 45k miles
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Yeah that is not your problem, overloads move, when you flex is when it really moves it. Mine were almost hitting the tire at one point after they shifted, just knock it straight

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yea my overlaod is way off, im just gunna fix it when i put on my AAL.
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here's THE solution..
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