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Had new tires put on the truck, right size. had alligment done and all.. now, no matter if I'm going 30 mph or 60mph, I have to keep both hands on the steering wheel, it feels like I'm gonna lose control over the truck. I love my truck and only had it for about 4 months. I hate driving it that way though. It always feels like a 18 wheeler is passing me ... thats the best way I can explain it. The day I got the tires, I also had the lower balljoints on both sides replaced.

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It may be the swaybar bushings

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If you were off-road, it wouldn't matter too much, but on paved road, where the tires tend to grip not slip, these different rates subject a locked drive train to tremendous stress. This can bind up the gearing in the transfer case. Hopefully after only ten minutes, no permanent damage was done.

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While it's in the air, you should probably put the original size tires back on. So choose which end to jack accordingly.

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