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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-15-2013, 12:30 AM Thread Starter
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My 2009 Ranger has a rear axle 8.8 and 3.55 ratio limited slip ( R5 ) 2 wheel drive.
Noticed my rear tire on the driver side sticks inward about 1/2 inch.
When it rains by looking in the mirror I have been noticing the tire tracks are wider on the driver side then the other side.
It has been that way since I bought it new.
I am asking why would they built a vehicle like this.
It does not make any sense.
Nothing is bent, drives straight. Just looks off.
Any one else notice?


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Are you sure it's the truck and not the rim or tire?

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My winter tires are on different rimes and same thing.
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Have you had a 4 wheel alignment done?
I doubt anything can be adjusted in the rear. But maybe the front is out?

How's the tire wear?
Have you spoke to ford about this?


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A few years ago I had a 4-wheel alignment done on my B4000 4x4, and the shop had to use a come-along to pull the rear axle into alignment, so I assume it was off by quite a bit (not quite square to the driveshaft, I think). I didn't notice any problem before that. I only had the alignment done because I did a torsion bar "lift" on the front.

I can see how there might be quite a bit of wiggle room on the rear axles, just from the way they are built. Really the only thing holding the axle in line are the leaf springs, and I'm sure the shackles, etc. have quite a bit of play. The axles themselves have considerable end-play right to the differential.

Personally, I wouldn't worry about it unless you're getting uneven tire wear or it's driving funny. It's a truck, not a Porsche 959, so pretty loose tolerances I'd guess.

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Frame alignment may be off a little. Had an accident?

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The rear on your ranger is out for sure. The rear track should be narrower then the front on each side, not on one side, and not by much though. Most vehicles rear track is narrower then the front track. You can google it, and see.
But yours is defenitely out, and should be an easy fix with an alignment like already stated.

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That being said, try looking at the right front wheel. It may not be out far enough.

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Relying on tread marks in the mud or looking in the mirror while driving in the rain is a pretty un-scientific (and dangerous) way to check your alignment.

Have a professional alignment done and then at least you can determine if you actually have a problem, or if you're just seeing things.

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There are plenty of opportunities for the rear axle to not be perfect since it is only a dimple in the leaf spring that locates the axle relative to the mounting shackles. If you experience good tire life wear, no scrubbing or abnormal tire life on one side or the other, just leave it alone.

Yes you could spend the money on a 4 wheel alignment and I support that completely if you have done suspension modifications. If you haven't and tire life is good, save your money.

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