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Why does my truck lean towards the drivers sid??

I have a 2000 Ranger XLT ext. cab and since I purchased it last year I have thought that it looks like it sits lower on the driver side rear then on the passanger side rear. Today I finally measured it and sure enough it does. On the passanger side rear it measures 32.5 in. exactly from the ground to the top middle of the fender well. On the passanger side it only measures 31.25 in. which is 1.25 in lower then the other side. What might cause this and is this normal? You can really tell it if I am hauling something heavy in the bed of the truck. The front is not as bad as the driver side is only .25in shorter then the passanger side in the front.
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rangers are notorious for this. It happens because you have the weight of the driver constantly on that side. Also you have the gas tank on the drivers side, which is pretty heavy.
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Gas tank + Battery + Driver = being the heaviest side of the truck, thus creating "tha ranger lean".
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the battery isnt exactly light either..
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All of which I did not take into consideration. Is there anyway to fix it? I have had two other rangers, both of which were 4x4, and they did not seem to have this problem. Is it more noticeable on the 2wd's like mine is?
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the battery isnt exactly light either..
the little ones kinda are, then you get the huge one like i have and its heavy as ****.
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Is there anyway to fix it?
Get a fat gf to sit on the passengers side.


jk, jk. Not much to do. the lean gets pretty bad on lowered rangers and some of those guys cut a little of the coil on the passengers side to lower it down to match the drivers. Prolly about it unless you got T-bars and you can crack up the drivers or crack down the passengers.
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Get a fat gf to sit on the passengers side.
thats why us 2wd guys life 'em high. FAT CHICKS CAN'T CLIMB! (well most )
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Did you check for a broken leaf in the leaf springs? Every Ranger I have ever owned I had to replace at least one set!
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ur leafs are shot, happens all the time, get a new or good used set of leafs to put back there and call it a day....
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Ok thanks guys for all the info. Ill try getting a new set of leaf springs and see how much that helps.
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How would it be leafs? Both sides will wear out about the same and he will still have the problem.

Only way to cure it is to install a fuel cell. That would help alot!
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Ok thanks guys for all the info. Ill try getting a new set of leaf springs and see how much that helps.

geeze, at least check em first before you go blow yer wad on new leafs...
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geeze, at least check em first before you go blow yer wad on new leafs...
with a ranger if its leanin to one side in the back its the leafs, they all do it, they just get whooped fast
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Its not Leafs....its weight distribution...
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with a ranger if its leanin to one side in the back its the leafs, they all do it, they just get whooped fast

im just sayin... buddy should check his leafs for himself, before he just takes anyones word for it and replaces them for the helluvit... just sayin...
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Its not Leafs....its weight distribution...
if it was ONLY weight distribution the truck would sit nearly level when he was out of the truck, becuase of the poor left to right weigh distribution on the rangers they always cause the driver side leafspring to wear sooner, it IS the leafspring, ive fixed this problem on over hundreds of rangers over the years between workin at ford and for a 4x4 specialty shop.....
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Again, thanx for all the input. I will check them first before just putting new, or newer ones on, but to me it sounds like a good place to start. If I do decide to replace the leaf springs does anyone have any recomendations on where to purchase a set?
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You learn something new everyday. I have never heard of this problem before, and as my screen name states, I am on my fifthranger.
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if it was ONLY weight distribution the truck would sit nearly level when he was out of the truck, becuase of the poor left to right weigh distribution on the rangers they always cause the driver side leafspring to wear sooner, it IS the leafspring, ive fixed this problem on over hundreds of rangers over the years between workin at ford and for a 4x4 specialty shop.....
You just said the left side weighs more so it wears the leaf out faster.

A leaf spring should not fix it, chevy springs may almost fix it.
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Hi Folks. My 2000 XLT 4 door 4 liter does the same thing and I HATE IT! The fat GF line was pretty good though. I'm also thinking of gettting new leaf or an add-a-leaf set.
I have noticed more than a few Rangers leaning on the Houston roadways but most look like they're doing a wheelie!!! wimpy leafs...and overloaded...
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its more then likly NOT the leaf's... there is a ton of weight on that side of the truck.. its going to do it... period.. u could try n stick a little stiffer spring back there n see if that helps plus crank the t-bars. may help, may not.... it's like "its a jeep thing" well this is "its a ranger thing".
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A Ranger's engine/trans/driveshaft/rear diff housing are all offset to the passenger side about 2" which should effectively counter the weight of the fuel tank/t-case/front diff/etc. This is not so much about weight distribution of the truck itself. ALL vehicles tend to sag the driver side suspension quicker as the miles pile up. There is always a driver in the vehicle but not always a passenger.

Cheap/easy fix for the lean - assuming that the leafs are in usable condition, just swap the rear leafs left for right - they are interchangeable. Front coils are a little more difficult to swap but still doable with the correct spring compressor. Torsion bar trucks just need a couple of turns on the driver side adjuster to go with the leaf swap - easy.
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front spring

I shimmed the driver side front spring in my 2001 Ranger a few months ago and it no longer leans. The problem is not the rear spring, unless the shackle is broken. The driver side rear spring was normal height. The passenger side rear was up an inch because the front driver side spring was down and the truck tilted. The front and rear are level now and I get traction at the rear wheels on wet roads and in snow. This is an easy fix - Vince
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I don't have the problem at 193K miles but if it does develop it will be an easy fix for me. I will just put a little more air in the driver's side air spring and adjust the T-bar a little.
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