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Rear axle offset?

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by Voodoo Rufus, Dec 4, 2010.

  1. Dec 4, 2010 at 11:15 AM
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    I discovered something odd when I was taking pictures of my truck this morning. It appears as though the rear axle is offset in my photos. The driveway is slightly angled and there is the lean to the truck to factor in, but even on flat ground it appears to be a bit much.

    Can someone explain this to me? The left side looks sucked in and the right side is more out.


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  2. Dec 4, 2010 at 11:17 AM
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    Are you still under warrantee? If yes, take it in....

    It not, check your u-bolts & centering pins. Make sure the centering pins aren't broken and the leaf springs are sitting centered on each spring perch. Also, check your eyebolts & shackles too.
     
  3. Dec 4, 2010 at 11:27 AM
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    that looks pretty bad, i'd check it asap like janster said
     
  4. Dec 4, 2010 at 11:29 AM
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    hard to tell from the pics but check rear leafs / u bolts ect.....
     
  5. Dec 4, 2010 at 12:03 PM
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    Everything underneath appears straight. Leafs are sitting where they should on the shackles and u-bolts.

    How do I check the centering pins?

    What pictures would be more useful in diagnosing this?
     
  6. Dec 4, 2010 at 12:54 PM
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    well have you messed with the rear end since you started to notice the alingment???
    as for the centering pin the wheel would appear to not be centered in wheel well.....
    do you have axle shims installed???
     
  7. Dec 4, 2010 at 12:58 PM
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    The suspension is completely stock with no shims installed.
     
  8. Dec 4, 2010 at 1:04 PM
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    I just measured the difference in height. The right rear is 1/2" higher than the left rear, and the right front is 1/4" higher than the left front.
     
  10. Dec 4, 2010 at 1:05 PM
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    thats the taco lean....thats normal......
    AS long as your u bolts are torqued adn the wheels are centered in the rear wheel wells...i wouldnt worry about it.....
     
  11. Dec 4, 2010 at 1:13 PM
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    Well, I added enough weight (Subaru summer tires) to the right side to even it out. The offset is still there. It's just like the whole axle was shifted.

    The only other thing I can think of is if the wheels aren't mounted straight.
     
  12. Dec 4, 2010 at 1:38 PM
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    Is the bed even with the cab on both sides?
     
  13. Dec 4, 2010 at 2:05 PM
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    You're onto something 98'. It is not even. It is offset by the amount that would appear to make the wheel offsets seem equal if corrected.

    How do I fix it?
     
  14. Dec 4, 2010 at 3:00 PM
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    Loosen your bed bolts

    Move bed

    Tighten bed bolts.
     
  15. Dec 4, 2010 at 3:06 PM
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    I'm doing the additional bed D-rings at the same time and started playing with that before you posted. I can move it a little. I just hope it's enough. Thanks!

    *edit* I can move it a lot after nudging it. There is plenty of adjustment room for it. I took out four of the bed bolts. I'll be sure to put them back in before getting crazy with the adjustments.
     
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