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Old 06-24-2010, 07:18 AM
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I understand overtime Rangers like to lean to the driver's side because of things like gas tank, battery, brake booster, my 185 body, etc..... well monday night my driver-side shock went out, so I replaced both shocks (I know I put the Rancho RS5000 shocks for now because I wanted it up and going, and a buddy of mine had a set for his fx4 which he totaled so for $20 it was a good deal, I am ordering some bilsteins this weekend). Well it did not fix the lean at all. My driver's side is about 3 inches lower then my passenger-side in the front. Even jacked up with wheels removed, that side sits lower. Am I missing something? I know I still have to fix my sway bar link so don't worry about that, it's getting done in a little bit. I also don't want to lift it on the torsion bar just one side so that things don't wear out unevenly... any ideas? I took some pics:

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Old 06-24-2010, 07:22 AM
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Default Re: is this a normal lean?

that doesnt look like its close to being 3 inches lower. have you taken measurements? also shocks will not fix the lean although you will like the bilsteins. you can crank up the torsion bar on that side and that should help alot with the lean.
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Old 06-24-2010, 07:22 AM
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looks like you cranked your t-bars....?
that is a pretty good lean, i'd even out it out by the t-bars.
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Old 06-24-2010, 07:31 AM
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no the t-bars have not been cranked by me unless they were cranked by the previous owner.... it really did not lean that bad until my shock went out monday night
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Old 06-24-2010, 07:54 AM
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So i took some measurements:
Driver side from ground to bottom of flare: 36 inches
Pass. side from ground to bottom of flare: 38.25 inches

Driverside from center of wheel to bottom of flare is: 22.5
pass. side from center of wheel to bottom of flare is: 24.75

so the driver side is 2.25 inches lower.... that's a pretty big t-bar adjustment
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Old 06-24-2010, 07:56 AM
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well your passenger's side looks really extreme (the angle of the arms is big). I'd lower that side some, and raise the driver's side. Meet in the middle.
Its also weird it wasn't that bad until your shock went out...that doesn't should too right?

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Old 06-24-2010, 07:59 AM
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well your passenger's side looks really extreme (the angle of the arms is big). I'd lower that side some, and raise the driver's side. Meet in the middle.
Its also weird it wasn't that bad until your shock went out...that doesn't should too right?

You are also missing the sway bar link.
I'm doing the sway bar link a little later tonight,well actually replacing both of them with some polyurethane bushings.
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Old 06-24-2010, 05:02 PM
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I agree, looks like the t bars were cranked. Probably just have some major sag on that side. I would try and even them out. lower one raise one, meet in the middle. Or replace the T-bars if you can.
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Old 06-24-2010, 05:14 PM
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Default Re: is this a normal lean?

Thats weird man, do you think maybe because you have a new springy shock that the sway bar and link are making it drop more from the old shock going out on you. Is it possible maybe something went out of whack when the old shock gave out?
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I agree, looks like the t bars were cranked. Probably just have some major sag on that side. I would try and even them out. lower one raise one, meet in the middle. Or replace the T-bars if you can.
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Old 06-25-2010, 05:12 AM
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Thanks Clinton. And to the op, when you jack the truck up one side will droop lower, due to the sway bar link not being there.
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Old 06-25-2010, 04:36 PM
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ha! didn't think the sway bar link would make such a big difference, but I changed them both. The sway bar (at the link) sits 7.25 inches away from the LCA on both sides.... the truck is level again! Both sides (from ground to bottom of flare) are 37"... well the driver's side is 1/8th of an inch lower, but I can live with that... just wanted to share

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Old 06-27-2010, 03:13 PM
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ha! didn't think the sway bar link would make such a big difference, but I changed them both. The sway bar (at the link) sits 7.25 inches away from the LCA on both sides.... the truck is level again! Both sides (from ground to bottom of flare) are 37"... well the driver's side is 1/8th of an inch lower, but I can live with that... just wanted to share

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