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What's causing this wear mark?

Picked up a very clean 96 ranger super cab, xlt 4.0 4x4 with 160k miles on it from an older couple at my work for $500! It's got new Kenda 31's on it, stock suspension. I hear a rub sound sometimes when turning but it doesn't do it all the time. I can't find any rub marks except by the driver's side spindle .
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The pic shows up when I edit the post but it's not showing up for me when I look at the thread?
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Looks like the spindle is hitting that housing. Is there a mark on the spindle as well?
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Looks like the spindle is hitting that housing. Is there a mark on the spindle as well?
yes theres a mark on the inside of the spindle
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Ive been messing and thinking with it all day. Cant find any reason on stock suspension that the spindles should be hitting. It does it on both sides.
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Looks off. How do the tires sit when looking at the truck from the front? being able to see the front alignment might help get you better answers.
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Looks off. How do the tires sit when looking at the truck from the front? being able to see the front alignment might help get you better answers.
They look decent to me. I just had it aligned but the shop had to order my front tires, and aligned it first, then put the tires on. It didnt do this before hand. Ill give them a call when they open to ask them.
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Ive been messing and thinking with it all day. Cant find any reason on stock suspension that the spindles should be hitting. It does it on both sides.
Have you turned the steering wheel full lock to see if it hits?
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That is the factory steering stop doing what it was intended to do. Contact of the knuckle on the beam limits how far the steering can turn. Look at another Ranger from the same era and you will see the same marks, one set on each side.

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That is the factory steering stop doing what it was intended to do. Contact of the knuckle on the beam limits how far the steering can turn. Look at another Ranger from the same era and you will see the same marks, one set on each side.
Anyway to get it to not grind? Maybe it's the rust? Just catches me off guard. I was backing outnod a tight parking spot and the wheels just locked up and stopped at full turn lol. I thought something broke.
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Nothing is rotating where you see the marks, so I can't see how that would stop the tire/wheel. Obviously, the first suspect is the larger diameter and width tires. Have a careful look with the steering fully cranked to each side.

Also, make sure that the front suspension components, wheel bearings, brakes and 4WD parts are all in good condition. I guess there is some possibility that the front axles or u-joints or whatever could be binding up when fully turned.
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Nothing is rotating where you see the marks, so I can't see how that would stop the tire/wheel. Obviously, the first suspect is the larger diameter and width tires. Have a careful look with the steering fully cranked to each side.

Also, make sure that the front suspension and 4WD parts are all in good condition. I guess there is some possibility that the front axles or u-joints or whatever could be binding up when fully turned.
That's that's probably a good possibility. I think everything on this truck is almost original and in need of replacement but I got it cheap and I'm doing one thing at a time
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