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Re: Suspension Woes
Wow, lot's of new little icon's to play with over here. [img]images/graemlins/gituar.gif[/img]
I would be suspicious of the verdict being the rear too, but it's not out of the question. Things you can do yourself to diagnose:
Start with the front. I assume you have all the proper bracketry installed for the 6" lift? Are you running the stock camber bushings, or did you need to get adjustables? Wear on the outside of the tire is usually due excessive + camber (wheels like this \ / )
when viewed from the front. If you have a sears protractor you can get a rough estimate of your camber. If it took you 2 years to notice this, the problem is not severe. Does the truck track straight driving down the highway, or pull?
Jack up that side, pull/push on wheel, on the sides, and top/bottom. Any noticeable loosness? Getting any shimmy while driving? looseness here could be due to worn ball joints, improper wheel bearing preload setting.
How is the tire worn, is it feathered, or?
For the rear, you don't just have to take their word for it by how it might be stamped "front" or "rear" on the spring, I would take a tape measure and physically check distances (both sides) of each spring from the center of eye on front part of spring to the bolt holding the pack together and same for the rear eye. They should be practically exact.
My rear end is out by 1/4" (or so said the alignment machine), but that's not unusal to be off a little. In order for one front tire to wear, I would think you should be able to physically see a problem in the rear. So, look at the position of your tires in the wheelwell, and tape measure this too. I know this won't be real accurate, but anything strange here, i.e. 1 tire sits about a 1/2" or more closer to the front part of a wheelwell? Any wear problems with the rear tires? Rear end sitting level? when you reinstalled the rear, all the pins for the blocks, and the springs lined up ok?
Has any shop actually given you the specs they came up with?