Easy way to fix driver's side lean?

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Easy way to fix driver's side lean?

Post by aheiser » Fri Aug 24, 2018 5:04 pm

As seems common, my driver's side on my '12 is almost an inch lower at the fender height than the passenger. New springs in the front helped it a touch, but that's what I'm left with. I don't mind the spring rate, etc on the factory PW springs, and almost hate buying new springs in back just to level it. I suppose I might be able to find/make a block to further space the spring from the axle? Has anyone priced factory springs? I assume it's just better to go carli or thuren, etc? Probably almost the same price I bet too lol.
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Re: Easy way to fix driver's side lean?

Post by OffroadTreks » Fri Aug 24, 2018 6:13 pm

aheiser wrote:
Fri Aug 24, 2018 5:04 pm
As seems common, my driver's side on my '12 is almost an inch lower at the fender height than the passenger. New springs in the front helped it a touch, but that's what I'm left with. I don't mind the spring rate, etc on the factory PW springs, and almost hate buying new springs in back just to level it. I suppose I might be able to find/make a block to further space the spring from the axle? Has anyone priced factory springs? I assume it's just better to go carli or thuren, etc? Probably almost the same price I bet too lol.
I'm not 100% is this even applies, since you have a 2012 with 4-link versus the radius arms on my 2015. But there is a note about this in regards to radius arm trucks on Don Thurens site > https://www.thurenfabrication.com/tech/ ... dling.html that the alignment can effect drivers side lean.

Matter of fact, I had this happen to myself. Took the truck to Les Schwab aka moronville and they put my truck up on the alignment machine, and then next thing I know, the truck has a wicked lean to the passenger side. They tried telling me, well the gas tank is on that side. :angry:

So I took Thuren's specs and went to another shop, and magically the truck is level again, with a full tank. Anyhow, your alignment might be a cheaper item to check before you go throwing springs and stuff on your truck.

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Re: Easy way to fix driver's side lean?

Post by Colibri » Fri Aug 24, 2018 7:39 pm

Actually had a similar problem myself, the alignment monkey had my cam bolts 180* out from each other and it caused the whole body to lean like an inch to one side. Fixed alignment and the lean disappeared. That’s on a 4 link truck
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Re: Easy way to fix driver's side lean?

Post by OffroadTreks » Sat Aug 25, 2018 10:35 am

Colibri wrote:
Fri Aug 24, 2018 7:39 pm
Actually had a similar problem myself, the alignment monkey had my cam bolts 180* out from each other and it caused the whole body to lean like an inch to one side. Fixed alignment and the lean disappeared. That’s on a 4 link truck
:cheers: Monkeys. So if it happens on 4 link too, I'd start right there. Mine was so far out it was visible, like "WTF IS WRONG WITH MY TRUCK" lean.
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Re: Easy way to fix driver's side lean?

Post by aheiser » Mon Aug 27, 2018 10:05 am

Ah, good tip. Didn't think to check that. I installed new control arms myself and had it aligned at a decent shop. I'll try to take a look! Probably wouldn't hurt to have it rechecked anyway now that it's all settled in after several thousand miles.
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Re: Easy way to fix driver's side lean?

Post by OffroadTreks » Mon Aug 27, 2018 10:44 am

I'd have it aligned to Thuren's specs personally, and not the default. I saw a big improvement in tire wear and the truck seemed to just handle better with Thurens specs.
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Re: Easy way to fix driver's side lean?

Post by gtomike60 » Wed Aug 28, 2019 10:28 am

I had the lean on my 2012.
Had it aligned to Thuren's specs and it sits level now
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Re: Easy way to fix driver's side lean?

Post by FirerescuePW » Wed Aug 28, 2019 2:06 pm

All of this ^^^

You turn the axle into a big torsion bar if the cams aren't set pretty close to each other. You won't twist the axle, so it either raises or lowers a rear corner. If it raises the left rear, it pushes down on the right front.

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