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Old 09-21-2018
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Wheel spacers

Hi, im here to ask anyone that may have an answer for this. My 98 ranger has a 3 in body lift, 4 in susp lift, 33x 12.50x 15 tires, a 302 with shorty headers. I had to change my steering setup to get headers on. I used steering shaft and 2 u joints and a collar bearing to do steering. it works good but at about 45 to 50 mph I will get a small amount of vibration in steering wheel. I recently put 1 inch bora wheel spacers front and rear and it looks good, however at about 40 mph I get a good shake in steering wheel, the spacers are tight. is this common with spacers or not.
 
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No, I have 2in Bora spacers on my truck for a good 40k no issue what so ever..
 
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Have u by chance checked balljoints and tie rods for play? And of course tire balance
 
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No, all good suggestions and will get them checked. im hoping its not my altered steering setup
 
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Originally Posted by rangerbill61 View Post
No, all good suggestions and will get them checked. im hoping its not my altered steering setup
did u drive the truck prior to altering the steering set up?
 
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Yes, Ive owned the truck since 07, it was 9 yrs old and stock. did not change the steering til I put mustang shorty headers on the 302. which btw isn't a mustang motor. the steering was normal til ii did the steering. its possible it needs an alignment and the spacers are throwing it out more?
 
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Originally Posted by rangerbill61 View Post
Yes, Ive owned the truck since 07, it was 9 yrs old and stock. did not change the steering til I put mustang shorty headers on the 302. which btw isn't a mustang motor. the steering was normal til ii did the steering. its possible it needs an alignment and the spacers are throwing it out more?
It sounds like itís the steering u changed to accommodate the headers......
 
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Yep, im wondering if some sort of front side to side steering shock would help, there is a truck n stuff place near me I may take it to for advice
 
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Was looking online at threads where guys had the steering wheel wobble like I do after putting wheel spacers on. someone made the point of how important tightening the lugs on spacers is. I used impact gun, not torque wrench. he said he slowly tightens each lug then half torques each on in star pattern, then full torque, could the impact gun be the issue...if so..my bad
 
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Well, sure if it’s not tight that could cause a wobble.........like I mentioned I’ve been using BORA spacers for 40k + miles no issues....... the key is proper torque and use loctite on nuts when mounting them. Let me add that periodically checking them , such as when rotating tires .It sounds to me like u need to go out there and start double checking your work...... sounds like u may have over looked something.?
 
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I didn't say they weren't tight, I said I might have tightened them incorrectly...not in sequence. I have another thought on this, it occurred to me that when I bought the spacers , they sent me ones for a 2wd ranger, they didn't ask and it didn't occur to me that 4wd would be different in front. when the front wouldn't go over front hubs..i have manual locking hubs, not the factory auto. anyway I tried to grind some material off the outside of driver side and it didn't help so I sent them back and they fixed the front ones. well the front spacers sit around the hub to keep them in place, with the left side ground down some my left front wheel could possible be loose on hub even with lugs tight. I will look into this soon.
 
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