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post #1 of (permalink) Old 03-29-2000, 10:57 AM
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Front Tire Wear

My '88 Bronco keeps wearing the outer side of the front tires (both tires). I replaced the tie rods and the folks at Goodyear told me the alignment was OK. Does anyone have the same problem, if so, were you able to fix it?
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Re: Front Tire Wear

Rotate your tires regularly! The uneven wear from the Ford front suspension is typical. Rotate front to back and side to side as shown in your Ford manual and you should be ok (include your full size spare in rotation!). I rotate mine every other oil change and they wear pretty evenly.

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4-wheel drives are famous for unusual tire wear. BUT wear on the outside of both front tires and not on the inside is not normal. I would consider taking your truck to another shop. Try to find one that specializes in 4-wheel drive and fords. Any shop that tells you that the alignment is OK and it still wears the tires is not doing it correctly. The specs for a front end are for reference, some will need settings that are on the edge or out of spec to get proper tire wear without a pull to the side. I just replaced the tires on my 88 (BFG T/A's) that had about 60000 miles on them.

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More wear on the outside of BOTH front tires usually means too much toe-in. Easily fixed by turning both tie-rod adjusting sleeves to move both wheels leading edge out a bit. Could try one turn each, then watch over time to see if you need more. Turn both sleeves the same amount, so your steering wheel centering is not affected. Mark sleeves with chalk first, so you know where you were. Been doing this for years on all sorts of vehicles.
I am assuming that you don't have a camber on both sides problem, caused by front spring spacers added, or new coils that are tall or something like that, since these are swing axles, they move in an arc, not in a parallelogram like A-arm suspensions!

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Re: Front Tire Wear

Thank you all. Don, I had a suspicion it might be the toe-in but the folks at the shop told me they were OK. I'll adjust them myself and see what happens. As for the front end, everything is still stock. Nothing was added or changed. Thanks again...
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Re: Front Tire Wear

Just a thought... you may want to take a look at your radius arm bushings. Mine were badly deteriorated and resulted in some funny tire wear till I got around to replacing them.

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Your wheel alignment my be correct but if your camber adjustment is out of whack your tires will wear out faster on the outside edge. I know because mine are pretty much wasted for the same reason. This happens especially after lift kits or taller springs are installed.

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My front tires did the same thing. 95 XLT Bronco w/ 33x12.5 Dunlop MT's. It did not do this with stock tires. 6" Skyjacker Suspension System and a 1.5 degree shim on the upper driver side ball joint fixed every thing execpt the excesive wear from spinning the rear tires.

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Re: Front Tire Wear

You might take a look at your axle pivot bushings. If they're worn then they could be fine at the alignment shop but move around on you a little during driving. I would definitely get a second opinion too, because they might have just checked the toe and not the camber, which is vitally important on fords.

It's a Jeep thing? My Bronco thing will run over your little Jeep thing.

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