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Help a buddy out. Is his truck toast?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Dirty Dave, Sep 19, 2002.

  1. Dirty Dave

    Dirty Dave 1/2 ton status

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    A buddy of mine came to me today with a K5 suspension/axle problem. I am clueless about this type of thing so I thought someone here could help.

    He has a 86 K5 and was out the other night and busted his 10blt. He had a local shop swap in a 14blt and 8 lug 44.
    He got the truck back today and while pulling in my driveway he rubbed the front passenger side tire on the fender. I found this strange so I measured from the tread to the bottom of the fender well and got 3in to the back and 4in to the front. The drivers side is the exact opposite.

    Just guessing I say he hit something, but he says he cant recall hiting anything hard enough to do that. Could the shop have messed something up? How bad could this be to fix, if it is fixable?


    All opinions and responses would be appreciated especially since this is his daily driver.

    Thanks in advance.

    Dave
     
  2. zcarczar

    zcarczar 1/2 ton status

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    Did you check and see if the ground was level and the wheels were straight? Its the easiest thing to check
     
  3. Dirty Dave

    Dirty Dave 1/2 ton status

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    That was the first thing I checked.
     
  4. dubl_t

    dubl_t 1/2 ton status

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    didja check th eu-bolts? sometimes they loosen up
     
  5. chulisohombre

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    make sure the ubolts are tight and strait up.
     
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    Check to make sure everything is tight, if it is, the shop may have put a leaf spring in backwards. I've seen dumber things done.
     
  7. Grim-Reaper

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    May have a sheared center pin and the axle is sliding backwards.
    Few things to check.
    Measure from the front spring mounts to the frame mounted piviot point on the shackle. This will tell you if you have a bent fron frame.
    Measure in a X accoss a couple common points on both sides of the frame again to make sure the frame is straight. Measure from the eye down to the center pins. May be drilled wrong.
     
  8. 77Jimmy

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    Hey Grim.
    When I accelerate from a stop it feels like the whole body of the rig is sliding back onto the rear axle, or like my rear axle is sliding out from under me -- could it be the sheared center pin your're talking about? Where would I look to check that out? Thanks.
     
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    Grim-Reaper 3/4 ton status Author

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    No I would start checking for cracked leafs and bad body mounts. does that truck have a body lift? Watch the t-case shifter. Left and right from the engine torquig is normal. a little front tro rear is normale. a LOT of front to rear is not. I can tell you right now the cab mounts are shot especialy the ones right at the front of the rear floor. Yours is the same as mine and mine were crushed a good inch. New set did wonders for weird noises and sloppy feel in the body.
     
  10. 77Jimmy

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    Ok, will do. No, no lift on the truck.
    Thanks. /forums/images/icons/grin.gif
     
  11. Z3PR

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    No lift ???? Well ya better change that. LOL. I'm just giving ya hell.
     
  12. BIG STEVE

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    Common somthing is cockeyed spend some time and look ever
    thing over you just took the easy way out and hoped some one a thousand miles away could point it out if a were next door no problem
    90 jimmy spent years as mechanic and service manager for
    heavy eguitment company we wont abandend you just give it a little effert our tell me to go to hell /forums/images/icons/grin.gif
     
  13. Dirty Dave

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    Thanks for the replies everyone. We will be checking everything out today.

    BIG STEVE I would like to think you in particular. You have confirmed my belief that every group no matter how cool always has at least one [censored].
     

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