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Right rear sits too low!

Now I've heard of the Ranger lean, but isn't it usually the driver's side due to the driver/gas tank/etc? The right rear corner of my truck sits almost an inch lower than the left rear since my AAL/shackles. What could cause this? Could it be one of the new leaves is weaker than the other one?
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that or a broken ply
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What do you mean by broken ply? Like a tire ply?
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no a leaf spring ply
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They all looked fine when I installed the AAL, which was about 2 weeks ago.
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take pics of rear suspension
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when did it start sagging
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Broken shackle?
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but a broken shackle would let the rear end housing walk and break a lot of stuff, he'd deff feel or hear that 1 ud think n e way
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It's outside in the dark now, I'll try to get some pics up tomorrow after work. The shackles are 2 weeks old as well. I just noticed it was sagging last night when my bro-in-law moved it in the driveway for me. As far as I know, it was level before the AAL and shackles. I have measurements somewhere that I wrote down from before the lift, I just have to find them!
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u didnt put the spring end in diff holes on both sides did ya
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lol I thought the same thing, so I checked already and they're both in the holes closest to the end.
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just checkn $hit happens,measure ur shackles see if they r both the same
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Will do, I'll have a look tomorrow night.
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ya it only could be a few things ya know
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my truck has the gangster lean to and i know it isnt the frame because i replaced that a while ago.. mine is very noticeable when riding behind it or sitting on level ground it is very noticeable from a distance...none of my leafs are broken and i have a 2 inch lowering shackle from a chevy silveraldo but it had the lean before the shackle
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Adam....is this something that just happened? Or is it something that you just noticed when you took a tape to the truck?

Reason I ask is because my right rear bed sits lower than the left rear. I've seen a few un-wrecked rigs with this same issue. It's even in the Ford factory repair manual.....fixed with the use of shims between the bed and frame on that side.

What are your front left to right measurements? Could be totally possible that one side of the truck settled faster than the other, including the leaves. One bar not cranked high enough. That's how mine was after the SL install too. lol.
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I'll get some measurements tonight!
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Adam....is this something that just happened? Or is it something that you just noticed when you took a tape to the truck?

Reason I ask is because my right rear bed sits lower than the left rear. I've seen a few un-wrecked rigs with this same issue. It's even in the Ford factory repair manual.....fixed with the use of shims between the bed and frame on that side.

What are your front left to right measurements? Could be totally possible that one side of the truck settled faster than the other, including the leaves. One bar not cranked high enough. That's how mine was after the SL install too. lol.
That's what I did to fix mine...lol Ford over compensated on the Ranger right lean I guess so now our lefts sides droop.
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my right rear is about .5 to .75 inches lower than the drivers side. Last time I measured i was
Ground to lip of fender
FL - 35 1/4" FR - 35 3/16"
RL - 36 1/2" RR - 36"

I just said screw it on mine. But i guess its nice to know that im not the only one.
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I think that's about what mine is. I gotta put this on hold for now though, I'll get some measurements and pics up hopefully in the near future. I just found out tonight that I have bigger issues to deal with :(
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No bueno. Hope it all works out okay for ya'll.


Stand back behind your truck and see if your bed has a weird 'twist' or tweak going on. Like I said before, I've seen quite a few rangers like that before. Mine and Trevor's included.
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I'll check it out. I'll have details posted up shortly to do with the other problem. It's truck related so it's fixable, just very aggravating!
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Im not the only one, lol. Mine sits about 2 inches lower on the drivers side. and it just happened all of a sudden too about 2 months ago. i got up under it and checked everything was in place and not broken and it all checks out. I took it by ABC auto (east texas autozone on crack, lol) and the guy in there said it looked like my leafs had flattened out. i couldnt really see it and i also cant imagine how i bent them. but he told me I could go to a local business that would rebend them for $50. I havent done it yet, though i am interested to see how yours turns out.
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Reid....

Pull the driver rear wheel off and inspect that leaf. If it all of a sudden happened, something definately happened. Leaves don't just 'fall down'. lol.
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