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truck is EATING tires like no other

I am having a problem with my front end. I keep getting it aligned and my tires are getting chewed up. There is twice as much wear on the inside as the outside.
The tires do need to get rebalanced but thats not the issue here, separate on though.

truck is an 02 fx4, superlift with 33x12.50 15s.

I will take a photo of the wear tonight, maybe help decode the problem.
I am wondering is something from the lift kit is causing it, or lower BJs, or tie rod ends.

I have no clue. but- its excessive camber wear and cupping. ***** shakes too when I drive. (that is the balanceing issue thats being resolved)
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Bad wheel bearings will cause tire wear and a mean shake too. Lift the front on Jack stands and check thefront end
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check over the front end and then get an alignment
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Check pretty much everything. Wheel bearings, ball joints, tie rod ends, bushings, shocks.
The person doing the alignment is probably just throwing it on the rack and adjusting it without having a good look.
Aligning everything while it is static isn't going to help if there is a bunch of play in the ball joints, tie rod ends, wheel bearings, etc.
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Check pretty much everything. Wheel bearings, ball joints, tie rod ends, bushings, shocks.
The person doing the alignment is probably just throwing it on the rack and adjusting it without having a good look.
Aligning everything while it is static isn't going to help if there is a bunch of play in the ball joints, tie rod ends, wheel bearings, etc.
exactly, you probably have something worn out. BJ, tierods, wheel bearings, even your rack and pinion can give you play if it is worn.

the guys that are doing your alignment should check to see if you have any play before they align it because if you do, then they align it, then you drive it and it goes right out again
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some aftermarket ball joints have an alignment notch

pull the wheel/tire combo off and check if the alignment notches line up

( most older model moog`s can only 2 ways left and right ,, not all the way around )
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UCAs were done a few months ago, and both wheel bearings were done two years ago. That leaves the lowers, and tie rod ends.

How do you check either of those? Sorry for my grammar on my first post. I was typing way too fast.
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I am going to have him go through and check everything this week.
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Raise the front end off the ground and try moving everything, check for any movement or looseness.
Or just have them look.
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Im pretty sure with the tires and all the added stress on the truck your wheel bearings should be replaced more than once in 2 years. I was told when I got my truck lifted I would probably need them done twice a year.
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greg, yours need to be re-pack every 6 months and inspected. he has a 4wd so his bearings are sealed, mine were just replaced for the first time, one at 179k and one at 187k
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greg, yours need to be re-pack every 6 months and inspected. he has a 4wd so his bearings are sealed, mine were just replaced for the first time, one at 179k and one at 187k
My 98 Ranger (33x12.50s) had 145k miles on the wheel bearings, and my 97 Explorer had 115k miles on the wheel bearings. Although it seems like newer Rangers go through them faster.
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you have to spin the ball joint very slowly ,, you are looking for a small punch mark

to check for one way direction,, hold the base of the joint with 1 hand and grab the threaded stub ,, and move it around to see if it is directional
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your new upper ball joints may be articulation limited
( meaning ,, they are preventing your upper c.a from fully moving downward )
thus holding you suspension in a off-camber position .
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greg, yours need to be re-pack every 6 months and inspected. he has a 4wd so his bearings are sealed, mine were just replaced for the first time, one at 179k and one at 187k
Oh thanks lol
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stop burning out
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My 98 Ranger (33x12.50s) had 145k miles on the wheel bearings, and my 97 Explorer had 115k miles on the wheel bearings. Although it seems like newer Rangers go through them faster.
125k w/ 50k of that with 35's and 10" steelies. I'd say that's pretty darn good considering 20k before the 5's went on, I was running 32's and 33's on steelies too. lol.

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your new upper ball joints may be articulation limited
( meaning ,, they are preventing your upper c.a from fully moving downward )
thus holding you suspension in a off-camber position .
Some trucks, like mine, needed UCA cambolts to get the proper camber adjustment. That might be something you should consider.
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If nothing else helps Crank up the T-Bars some, then realign.
T-Bars maybe worn out.

Give us a pis of the truck side view before you do anything else.
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cranking bars = negative camber
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He already has wear n the inside of the tire, cranking the bar will lift the truck/suspension and put pressure toward the outside; maybe correcting the wear problem.

I did state if all else fails.
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inner tire wear is caused by 2 things, either too much camber, or toe out
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CRANKING BARS CREATES NEGATIVE CAMBER because the UCA's are shorter than the LCA's. Cranking the bars will not solve the OP's problems...it'll make it worse(if camber is in fact the issue).
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Ya OK I se what you are saying.
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