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Old March 24th, 2013, 11:41 AM   #1
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I have a 79 chevy half ton, lifted 7 inches, 3 suspension and 4 body, and it looks like its sittin crooked. Like the passenger side is a little lower than the driver side. I was wondering if maybe anyone knew why this was or has had experience with it. Also when its being driven, it looks like its going down the road a little sideways. Would that just be in need of a front end alignment or what?? Please let me know if you guys would. Thank you
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Old March 24th, 2013, 11:53 AM   #2
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Check your body mounts, make sure they're all there and not rotted away, as well as the bushings. I know of a few 87- trucks that the body mounts went bye-bye and it was sagging on one side; after a body lift instal.

As for going down the road crooked; i'd go ahead and get it aligned but it's probably that the axle was bushed back on one side
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Alright Ill check it out and let you know. thanks.
And how do i fix a pushed back axle if that happens to be the problem?
Thanks again
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Old March 24th, 2013, 03:08 PM   #4
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What type of lift is it? How long has it been on? Spring could be sagging if it is to old or a chineese lift.
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Im not sure what lift it is or how long its been on. I just bought the truck 3 weeks ago and i'm just trying to get it ready for silver but I seem to keep stumbling across problems. It looks pretty old tho, the nuts on the u bolts wont budge, even with the impact, the u bolt on the passenger side isnt tight.
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a body lift over 3 inches is booty fab and illegal. body mounts are toast i bet.
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Measure the distance between the front and rear tires one both sides. If one side is longer than the other you know you have an issue with the axle alighnment.

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I measured earlier and the passenger side was a half inch longer than the driver side. Do you know of a way to fix or correct the axle alignment?
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Old March 25th, 2013, 12:00 AM   #9
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Re-drilling where your center pins go on your rear axle perch
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Re-drilling where your center pins go on your rear axle perch
that sounds safe
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We need pictures to be sure what it might be. Post as many as you can from far away and close up. Probably an easy fix.
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if you're just going to silver lake, then why does it matter?

Sounds like a trail beater that's been beaten.
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if you're just going to silver lake, then why does it matter?

Sounds like a trail beater that's been beaten.
That's rude
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If the rear has a lift block it can easily shift and cause dog tracking like you explained.

At the very least get an alignment, check for broken springs in your leaf pack, and it sounds like it wouldn't hurt to get some new u bolts all around.
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That's rude
Just speaking the truth. In high school I drove a 79 chevy that had previously lived as a work truck. It dog tracked horribly, as in you could almost read the signs on the door while driving behind me.
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I measured earlier and the passenger side was a half inch longer than the driver side. Do you know of a way to fix or correct the axle alignment?
First I'd check to make sure nothing broke, such as leaf springs, or spring mounts that kinda thing. And like someone else said make sure the lift blocks (if you have them) didn't shift.

You also need to figure out if it is the rear axle or front axle that is crooked, the most likely is a lift bock. If that's the case; good excuse to get rid of them and get new springs.
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Its definitely the rear and I'm pretty sure it has something to do with the lift block on the one side like you guys were saying.
Looks like I'm gunna have to start lookin for some new springs
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Why not take apart the side that appears shifted and investigate instead of just looking for new springs?

It could be something as simple as a broken centering pin. The new u-bolts would be more expensive than the centering pin.
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I changed the axle in my ole truck and when I lowered the truck onto the lift blocks the centering pin missed the hole in the lift block and settled nicely next to it, causing a severe dog track issue. I loosened the u bolts and registered the pin on the block a week later.
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Why not take apart the side that appears shifted and investigate instead of just looking for new springs?

It could be something as simple as a broken centering pin. The new u-bolts would be more expensive than the centering pin.
I can't get the nuts to move on the u bolts tho, even with the heating torch. They're locked on good.
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