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Old 07-04-2012, 08:19 PM
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i was doing some off roading a day or so ago. during my escapade, i was crawling rocks with my truck, seeing just how much she would shift and whatnot.
afterwards, i noticed the sterring wheel sits about 15-20* to the right when i drive it down the highway, with no other issues to note. took a couple pictures of my rods in the front, and wondered if these bends are supposed to be there, or if i did it myself and need to be a little nicer to the front end when i go offroading. its a replaced front end, but stock as far as i know. was also wondering if it might not be the steering gearbox, or if i just put it a little closer to needing another alignment. thanks for your help guys.
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Old 07-06-2012, 12:52 PM
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is this the wrong place to ask something like this? or is everyone else stumped on this as much as i am. my apologies if i posted this in the wrong category.

guess ill take it to a shop and see what they have to say. probably needs a realignment anyways.
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from what i can make out from the pics it looks like your long tie rod bar is bent. A lot of shops offer free alignment checks, that would be your best bet.
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it could be bent but i'd have to see it in person to know for sure...like frickenbored said alot of places offer a free alignment check and it shouldn't cost more than 100 dollars
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could be a bent tie rod or a bent drag link
i have hit pot holes & bent drag links
with one of my old trucks i started welding angle iron to my drag links for extra strength
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thanks.
no change in the handling of the truck so far. found out i need to replace my brake pads ASAP. ill check and see if they will offer free alignment tests at the local shops. getting the front end re-aligned is definitely on the high priority list, but i was hoping to get a 2-2.5" leveling kit installed and have it done then instead of doing it twice. hoping for the best when i get it tested.

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brake pads have been replaced. will probably be needing new rotors next time. still havent gotten to a shop yet. been busy at work for 5-6 days a week and not much stays open during the weekend here in Homer.

thanks again to everyone who offered me input on this
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havent noticed any change in the handling of the truck. still sits to the right down the highway, but even when i let it go down the road without guiding it, it still has that ever slight pull to the right.
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