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post #1 of (permalink) Old 04-27-2009, 03:29 PM Thread Starter
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Bought an 89 ford f250 with lift. question about pitman arm

ok so as the subject says i bought an 89 f250 with a 3" lift.

i purchased this truck for my landscaping business and i know nothing about the necessary parts for lifting trucks and what those parts do. i have been driving it for about 2 years with it riding on the outside edges of the front tires and they're starting to get pretty worn down. the tires look like this from the front view \---/ with the "/" being the tires lol. it isnt that bad but im sure you catch my drift. from what i understand, my dilemma is the toe in and out on the front wheels.

from my research, a dropdown pitman arm wasnt installed. i bought a replacement (found here: JC Whitney ) and when i compared the 2 arms under the truck side by side, i see that i was correct in that a dropdown pitman arm wasnt installed when it was lifted.

my question is this. is the dropdown pitman arm all i need to fix the issue with the front wheels toe in and toe out? or is something else necessary to flatten the wheels out.

i can take pictures if necessary because like i said i dont know anything about what parts are needed to lift the truck. im trying to fix the problem myself so i can save some money

thanks in advance
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Cool pitman arm

what i did after i installed my drop Pittman arm i had a front end alignment i have 35.12.50 MT no problems.
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I have seen this condition on many a Ford with the TTB front axle setup. I don't think the drop pitman arm is going to help with your issue, but I may be wrong.

Again, I am assuming that you have the twin traction beam suspension, and along with the lift springs, there should be drop down brackets to relocate the axles at the pivot points to help keep all the geometry corrrect. If there are no brackets, then that would most likely be your problem.

Otherwise, install the new pitman arm and take it to a reputable alignment shop and have them look at it.

Toe is the difference in measurement taken from the front of one front tire to the other front tire and then compared to the measurement of the back of the front tire to the back of the other front tire. If there is no difference, then toe would be "0". If the front measurement is wider then the rear, then you have a toe out condition. Toe in would be when the front measurement is less then the rear measurement. (ie walking pidgeon toed would be considered a "toe in" condition while placing your heels closer together with your toes out would create a "toe out" condition.)

Hope this helps!!

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