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hodgeee 05-30-2013 08:40 PM

How crooked is my truck?
 
Well ever since lowering my truck with the belltech kit, my passenger side rear sits about 1" lower than the driver side. It would look almost level on the passenger side, but then raked on the driver side. I swapped the springs from each side, and still the same.

I looked at the bed, and found it is bolted directly to the frame, so where is this discrepancy? I look at the suspension and everything looks even on both sides, and when I push the springs into place when installing the pressure is the same from both sides

I finally bought a Suspension pro 1" spring spacer, and needed to install a spring isolater that raps around the top two rings of the spring(made to surpress coil noise, now everthing is pretty even. Rides great and no problems, but the only thing I can think of is that the upper spring bracket is welded on incorrectly!

Anyone else had this issue? No big deal now, but for 6 months bugged the hell out of me, and had taken my rear end apart like 6 times trying to see what was the deal.

RAM EM 05-30-2013 08:57 PM

Not BT, but when I cut my stock coils they were cut EXACTLY the same and installed in the exact same way and side they came out. Truck sat uneven in back. Had to trim and fit several times to get it even. Dunno...:4-dontknow:

DWWHemiguy 05-30-2013 09:23 PM

I had the same problem only mine was lower on the drivers side. It was only .5 in. too low but it bothered me. Belltech sent me a thicker spring seat to go on top and it helped some, but it's still crooked looking. When I measure it on level pavement it only shows about .25 in. difference. Where did you find the Suspension pro 1'' spacer?

xtreme 05-31-2013 05:16 PM

Mine is pretty level maybe 1/4" diffence but not enough to complain. I have noticed some suspension noise in the rear when going at slow speeds. It's pretty annoying

RAM EM 05-31-2013 06:45 PM

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Originally Posted by xtreme (Post 1112780)
Mine is pretty level maybe 1/4" diffence but not enough to complain. I have noticed some suspension noise in the rear when going at slow speeds. It's pretty annoying

The locating arms, panhard bar, and sway bar bushings probably all have a torsional preload on them since the drop. Jack the truck up so that the suspension stays compressed, loosen all the aforementioned bushing bolts, get on the bumper and give the suspension a few good jounces, then tighten everything back up. Your squeaks should go away.

xtreme 05-31-2013 09:02 PM

Good idea. Gonna try this when I get my exhaust to install. I also just modified a wrench for the upper shock bolts. So pretty sure they are not 100% torqued right now!!

shawnu 05-31-2013 10:09 PM

Mines the same. About 3/4" lower on the passenger side.

No one notices it but i do... I cant stand little things like that... Lol

xtreme 06-01-2013 11:10 AM

Yeah it does annoy me as we'll but the slow speed noise is annoying me worse at this point. One thing at a time!

hodgeee 06-02-2013 05:10 PM

Well, I let it bother me for 9 months, then said screw it and modded and adjusted it like 4 times to get it to sit level. I bought the coil spring spacer on line, ebay, don't remember who from, I just typed spring spacer or something on the search engine and it gave me a listing of like 100 different thicknesses and sizes. I actually had to trim my spacer a bit, being made of polyurethane it was a real biatch, and I used it as the rubber isolater instead of the stock one. I even syliconed it to the spring cup just to make sure it wouldn't move.

RAM EM 06-02-2013 08:02 PM

How did you cut it? A hacksaw has always done it for me, goes through like butter...


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