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Old 12-04-2005, 01:26 AM
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front tire lean

Why does it look like my front tires are leaning in at the top?
The truck drives alright but looks kind of dorky.
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Old 12-04-2005, 01:37 AM
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They might be?
Sometimes things drive ok but eat tires.
Get a front end alingment and see if it's good or bad.
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Ford wheels are supposd to have a lean, try backing up and check them you will swear they are falling off. I wish I could get mine back to OEM factory specs for that softer ride with NO tire wear. Due to the crown in the road the highways dept use Ford adjusted the angle so your truck would steer right.
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Old 12-04-2005, 10:27 AM
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Check the front spring shackle.
The end up inside the frame seems to be the one that wears the most.

I had this clunk when I hit a pothole that I looked for for a year or so, never could find it.
I replaced my springs and shackles last summer.
When I pulled the front shakle out of the frame I found the clunk, the top bushing was gone on both sides.
The new springs had an extra leaf in them.
The shackle did more to raise the front of the truck than the extra leaf did.
Also the negative camber was reduced considerably since the front end sat higher.
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Old 12-04-2005, 02:48 PM
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Trucks with TTB are hard on tires its not one of Fords better brainwaves it is better than "A" arm suspension thou like Chev uses.

You also want to check the center pivot bushings they wear out too.
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Another thing to check is the ball joints. Jack the wheel off the ground, grab the bottom of the tire and pull while somebody watches for sideways movment.

My 85 had the leaning tire syndrome a couple of years ago. New top and bottom ball joints fixed it right up.
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I have a question.
All I know about COWBY5s truck is it is a diesel.
How do any of us know if it's a twin I beam or a straight axle or?
I see answers that could be for either ?

Let us know what your truck has and year might help too..
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Old 12-05-2005, 10:23 PM
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I have seen many TTB front axles with the overloaded VW bug tire stance. In at the top out at the bottom.

Never seen that on a straight axle, hope I never do.

But then I may be wrong.
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If the camber (i.e. tire lean) was right at one point and now is not, it is due either to a change in ride height or a bad component (like worn ball joint, bent axle member etc). The camber can be adjusted with ecentric bushings - rockauto has the moog ones for less than $20.
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