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Well I was cleaning my truck the other day and I noticed that my driverís side sits about 2 inches lower than my passengerís side. Is this normal or is my driverís side suspension worn out or is the t bar just need to be tightened?
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Normal. If you think about it there is a lot more weight on the drivers side with the driver and gas tank. Try evening it out with a t-bar crank on the drivers side, but you may need to replace some worn out springs.
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Gas tank

It's the classic Ranger Lean due to the weight of the gas tank being primaraly on the drivers side.
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ranger lean due to fuel tank, steering column and driver all sitting on the left side.
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Lol 3 answers with in 1 min
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adjust the tbars
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well i can understand the gas tank making a difference but when i looked i didnt have any gas and i wasnt sitting in my truck when i was looking at it
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from all those times when you did have gas in it .. it wore out on that side.
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okay i never thought about that. so should i think about replacing some parts or should i just tighten the t bars up some. i was also thinking about lifting the front of the truck so should i just do it all at the same time and get one adjustment>
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who ever designed that placement should be punched. Is the F-150 the same way?
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yeah i think it looks retarded or broken when your truck is sitting lopsided like that
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not only the gas thing but, it always has a driver sitting there too. ..
i would just adjust your torsion bars to where you want the truck to sit...thats what the adjusting bolts are for anyways.
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there is an easier way to make the lean go away, just take off the rear leafs and exchange them from 1 side to the other, lean gone,
or get another passenger side leaf pack from the Junkyard, and put it in,
but it will only last so long,
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there is an easier way to make the lean go away, just take off the rear leafs and exchange them from 1 side to the other, lean gone,
or get another passenger side leaf pack from the Junkyard, and put it in,
but it will only last so long,
Get a fatter gf to sit in the passenger seat all the time. it'll even out....lol. 2inches sounds too much, but i suppose it true. Its cheaper to just deal with it. been fine the whole life of the truck....spend your money on moar mods!!!
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Get a fatter gf to sit in the passenger seat all the time. it'll even out.....spend your money on moar mods!!!
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2inches sounds too much
yeah thats what i said when i noticed it to thats the reason i posted this thread and my truck only has 70000 miles on it
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does it lean more in the back or in the front? if its in the back maybe you broke a spring hanger..
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just in the front. the back is pretty level
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plus you got the battery on the same side i think you should crank the drivers side t-bar more than the passengers see what ya get and go from there also a shock could possibly be bad...
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yep, Just check out your torsion bar and see if you have some turns in it.. you can definitely always upgrade to #1 t-bars. that will help with the lift that you want too.
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Ford specs call for level within .64" in the front, .8" in the rear.
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bump. I'm thinking of putting a shim under my drivers side leafpack where a block would normally go. All i can hope for is to correct it alittle bit, I will never eliminate it. I just put explorer leafsprings in and the lean is still there

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who ever designed that placement should be punched
i agree, I used to have a 50lb sandbag in the right rear corner and that helped a little, but i cant justify the decreased mileage anymore. Besides now that I have exploder springs with more payload, that same 50lb bag won't sink it as much now .
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Is the F-150 the same way?
Ive never noticed it on any fullsize truck but I have seen the gangsta lean on s10's/sonomas and tacomas.

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Try measuring to see exactly where the problem is, then adjust as required. A lift will affect the actual readings, but not the measurement methods or side to side differences. These shots are from my 2004 shop manual:

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I cranked my driver side 1/2 turn more and mine sit's level
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man i wish i had a tbar truck.
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