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Old 01-07-2013, 12:21 PM
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I have an 04 1500 with the stock suspension. I haven't swapped anything out for aftermarket parts. In fact everything with the exception of the ball joints is from the factory.

I've noticed over the past 6 months the truck is beginning to lean to the left. The driver's side is about 2-3" lower than the pass. side. It's noticeable when viewed from the rear, and when looking at the truck from the pass. side, the gap between the top of the tire and wheel well is dramatic.

I did try and crank on the torsion bar on the drivers side to correct it, but it made no difference.

There do not appear to be any driveability issues related to this.

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You may also have a left rear leaf spring that's weak. How many turns did you put on the torsion bar?
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I put a turn and a half on the drivers side torsion bar.

Would the weak leaf spring also create a clunk if I were going over a speed bump or uneven pavement slowly one tire at a time? Because occasionally there is a noticeable clunk-clunk when encounter a slow speed bump.
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If you find the answer to the clunk let me know. i also am experiencing a clunk over speed bumps. I am changing Upper control arms and lower ball joints tomorrow. Shocks are brand new also. Not very much left if it doesnt stop after tomorrow. I will update tomorrow afternoon if all goes well
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I put a turn and a half on the drivers side torsion bar.

Would the weak leaf spring also create a clunk if I were going over a speed bump or uneven pavement slowly one tire at a time? Because occasionally there is a noticeable clunk-clunk when encounter a slow speed bump.
You may need to put a few more turns on the bar to get the adjustment you need. If it seems excessive, you may have a damaged component somewhere.
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I found the source of my clunk. It was sway bar link on passenger side. looked fine, but the ball was popping in and out of the joint. New Upper Control arms, new lower ball joints, new sway bar links, and new shocks and new tires. Rides like a new truck!
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I would agree with the leaf spring diagnosis....may not be the leaf itself but something in that area....a shackle or something. I had a Mazda B4000 the shackle rotted off of. The driver's side rear sagged more than the front...the leaf was riding on the box...still worked (kinda) but just was up on the box.
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Thanks for the suggestions. Haven't had a chance to get under there and check it out, but when I do, I'll report back.
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