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I've noticed my rig is pulling slightly to the right. It's not a terrible pull but it does require me to counter steer. Getting ready to replace the ball joints next week with heavy duty ones. I know they are not part of the problem, but just wanted to add that.

Checked things like tire pressure, that's all good. The axle itself isn't bent. I don't have any issue with death wobble or vibration, it's just a pull. I know there isn't a whole lot you can do from an alignment standpoint with these. Someone suggested that an issue with the toe could potentially cause it to drift, so I'm going to try making a couple of turns on the steering arm to see if that makes a difference or not. Just looking for other opinions. Thanks.
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Whens the last time you rotated your tires?
tires are brand new.
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I don't know a whole lot about solid front axles, but was caster set when you put it in and/or can it be checked and adjusted? From what I know that is what causes pulling and steering wheel not returning to center.
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caster is set on these with the c-bushings, mine are 4 degrees, and it was fine before.
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caster is set on these with the c-bushings, mine are 4 degrees, and it was fine before.
In that case I would look at toe like you said. There's a pretty trick way of doing it with some plates and tape measures if you haven't seen it before.

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Caliper sticking or collapsed brake hose? Are either of the rotors blueish covered?
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Was this change sudden, or gradual?

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Caliper sticking or collapsed brake hose? Are either of the rotors blueish covered?
I've had stuck calipers before and this doesn't feel like one. Brake hose is fine and no discoloration on the rotor.

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Was this change sudden, or gradual?
good question. It doesn't get driven more than 50 miles a month, so it's tough to say..but I did notice it pulling a bit on the last long road trip..trying to remember if I had the same pull before I took off the swampers, but I just don't remember..they road so bad that even if they pulled that was the least of the problems..
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There are sleeves in the top of the C that you can adjust a little bit. This maybe where you have to adjust yours to get it right again. There is not a huge amount of adjustment there though. Yes I know you are using a solid 44, it has them too but you would never see them with ball joints and knuckles installed
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I would suspect the calipers since it is driven so little and you didnt really notice before.

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I would suspect the calipers since it is driven so little and you didnt really notice before.
+1 on that, our dump truck needs calipers from sitting too. Put new ones on years ago but are sticking again, the truck does not get driven in the winter and gets used ocationally in the summer. Gonna have to purge the whole system and get all the fluid flushed out, think moisture got in there from sitting too much.
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There are sleeves in the top of the C that you can adjust a little bit. This maybe where you have to adjust yours to get it right again. There is not a huge amount of adjustment there though. Yes I know you are using a solid 44, it has them too but you would never see them with ball joints and knuckles installed
I do agree on looking at the toe setting too
yes, camber sleeves..I have them, and you're right they may need to be adjusted..getting new ball joints put in next week and they come with sleeves.



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I would suspect the calipers since it is driven so little and you didnt really notice before.
guess it can't hurt to check, but it stops fine and I don't have any brake fade, that's why I ruled that out.
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These are what I have in there now..

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Whens the last time you rotated your tires?
How new?

The bigger tires and more aggressive the tread the more often they should be rotated from what ive seen


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less than a thousand miles on these tires.
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New USA alloy heavy duty ball joints were installed yesterday. The old ones were pretty well shot, especially the tops, one side was completely rusted out and there was so much play, you could move them with your fingers..

the 1/2 camber sleeve that I had in there (passenger side) was busted, so it really wasn't doing anything at all. installed the camber sleeve that came with the ball joints and there is still the same amount of pull as before.

Beginning to wonder if that busted camber sleeve was the reason for the pull and whether I should put another one in there..

anyway, as far as the steering goes, the ball joints helped tighten things up, but I still think the steering box is the weak link..
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I think a Redhead steering box is in your future.

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New USA alloy heavy duty ball joints were installed yesterday.
You got part numbers on those?
There site lists them only for Jeeps.

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I think a Redhead steering box is in your future.
That is on the list.

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You got part numbers on those?
There site lists them only for Jeeps.
USA Alloy PN is 11802. It is listed for Jeeps but works on Fords as well.
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