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Front tires lean in at the top and is wearing inside treads down .i was told that torsion bars were adjusted all the way in.several mechanics have looked at this and find nothing misaligned

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  • ootonto Apr 19, 2009

    this truck belongs to a woman i know and she says that it has been aligned and they found nothing out of adjustment.she also took it to a local body shop that does frame straightening and they found nothing out of wack.she thinks it may have suspension lift on it but i could not tell. it does have body lift on it.she talked to previous two owners and they both say it was like that for them too and to prepare to buy plenty of tires

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    Dave C May 11, 2010

    Has anybody had it on a machine to actually check it?

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If you have run out of adjustment, perhaps you should consider replacing the bars. Essentially they are just a different kind of spring and over time they do loose tension. Obviously something is affecting your alignment or the tires would not wear!
What I fail to understand is that a shop can tell you it's not mis-aligned if the wheels have an obvious camber problem??!! Has anyone put it on an alignment machine?

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  • Richard Scordino Apr 19, 2009

    With suspension mods, all bets are off!!! If alignment is "techinically correct", possibly the factory specifications need to be ignored and camber needs to be re-set to compensate for mods. I'd also check with shops that do body lifts etc to see if there are either oversize bushings or torsion bars that are made for this. Also, since Ford wheels tend to "lay over" on turns, I would also consider making slight toe in changes to see if it helps.

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You will need a front end aliment

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Have the camber check and the wear on the bushing

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