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Old 02-24-2009, 06:22 AM   #1
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My truck has a 4in lift that was on the truck when i got it. Does anybody know how to keep the front wheels from bowing inward or can it be fixed. I've already fixed the ball joints.
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Is this a twin I beam suspension? If it is, find a big truck shop, they will bend the axle like its butter to set the camber.
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If its a 2wd, the "bending" will work, but not a 4wd. If your wheels are bowing in, they may not have done the lift properly. I've done a couple of these. The F150 and F250 are the same except the 250 has leafs and the 150 has coils and radius arms. The rest is the same.

Since they lifted it 4", can you tell if they put in drop brackets for the axles? These are brackets that bolt to the engine crossmember, and are the pivot-point of the axle beam. Any lift kit over 2" comes with these brackets to drop the pivot point down, and keep the same suspension geometry. You have to use them.

Sometimes people will use only the springs to lift the front of these trucks, not use the drop-down pivot brackets, and think they can just have the camber aligned that way. That's not the case. That causes the bowing you describe. A small amount of lift can be adjusted for by your camber adjusters, but 4 inches is a little much.

Also, but I doubt this is it, Check the condition of the bushings the axles where they bolt into the brackets.

I would take the lift out, and put it back to stock.
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Driver, obviously you've been around the lifted trucks, you knowledge is apparent, especially the last sentence, loose the lift and go back to stock. That works for me. But thats me.
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Thank you Goodoldbill,

I used to play with these things when I was a little younger, until I grew up and realized that the Ford engineers do things a certain way for a reason, and that there is a COST/BENEFIT to be considered with any modification.

The easiest way to fix this is to go to a spring shop, and either get shorter springs, or have these cut down a bit, then have it aligned.
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Thanks for the suggestions. We have a close four wheel drive shop so I'll try that and let you know who won
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