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truck leans Blown Shock??

I recently flipped the rear shackles on my 98 shortbox but noticed that today my truck leans almost 1.5" from left to right. I measure the wheel wells then crawled under and measure teh shocks.

The left side rear shock absorber measured 7 1/4 from eye to "base" of top tube sleeve. The right was almost 2" longer at teh same locations. I think i may have a blown shock on teh left that is sagging causing the shock to compress, thuis causing the leaning

Is there a shorter rear shock that i shold use since i flipped the shackles i have read that the monroe's on there shoudl be replaced but no one ever says what to use.
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The shocks don't set ride height, the leaf springs do. Check out the leafs, could be just a bad case of the Ford lean.
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shocks do not hold the weight of the vehicle...

its the typical ranger lean, your rear leafs are sagged on the one side or you have a broken hanger
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Do you guys suggest picking up a junkyard set of leafs, with low miles this is going to drive me crazy! This might explain also why my truck when the rear get loose from bumps the back right (Higher SIde) wants to come around! UGH!

my truck has just over 100K and is a 98. THis sounds pretty common Huh?
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Its pretty common on Ford pickups, my 97 F150 did it and it was bone stock, and my ranger kinda does it. It probably did it before, but now that you flipped the shackles and allowed the springs to articulate more, its become magnified and you can actually see it now. I would worry about it, just get some deavers and your set :)
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