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Old 09-09-2012, 08:04 AM   #1
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I had an AS 2" level put on my truck a few months back. Since then it feels like the front end is loose at lower speeds. I've had the leveling kit double checked and everything is tight.

I've read that it might be the steering in my truck and not the suspension? Please give me your thoughts.
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I had an AS 2" level put on my truck a few months back. Since then it feels like the front end is loose at lower speeds. I've had the leveling kit double checked and everything is tight.

I've read that it might be the steering in my truck and not the suspension? Please give me your thoughts.
Did you get an alignment done after the install?
Do you have a 2011+ and did you disconnect your battery before installing?
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Yes I got an alignment and I'm not sure if the shop that installed it disconnected the battery or not.
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It's a 2011 FX4 screw
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Old 09-09-2012, 09:26 AM   #5
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I've heard not disconnecting the battery can damage the EPAS system. When I installed mine I didn't take any chances, I disconnected the battery and waited half an hour before giving the knuckle a smack to release the tie-rod joint. Apparently doing so with the battery connected can screw up the EPAS system. Here's a link to another member that found out the hard way. http://www.f150forum.com/f7/2011-f-1...problem-97425/
Take this with a grain of salt tho (I am by no means a mechanic), it could totally be something else. Good luck man!
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Hey man, I have the exact same issue after installing my pro-comp 2.5" front leveling kit. I think I *may* have found the issue and will post back this evening once I check **** out.

In pro-comp's instructions, it says to torque the lower shock bolt to 325ft/lbs, Ford's spec is 406... I think pro-comp got lazy and didn't bother updating the instructions for the '09 up trucks. Also, Ford's procedure is to torque this nut with the wheel on, and the weight of the truck on the ground or else "incorrect clamp load and bushing damage may occur"

I torqued mine with the axle in the air to only 325, and I have a noticeable looseness over slight washboard/gravel roads and I hate it.

I'm going to (with the truck on the ground) remove the nuts from the lower shock bolts, apply anti-seize, and re torque them to 420ft/lbs tonight.

Talk to you soon.
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Any news?
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Any news?
No improvement after torquing the shock bolts. Took it
to the dealer, new rack on the way. Ill update once I get it back.
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420ftlbs for a shock bolt? Holy cow.
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420ftlbs for a shock bolt? Holy cow.
they are struts, you don't want them coming loose.
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