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Old 04-29-2009, 17:00   #1 (permalink)
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89 Ford F250 - Lifted - Will Drop Pitman Arm Fix Camber on tires?

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 camber on the front wheels.

from my research, a dropdown pitman arm wasnt installed when the previous owner did the lift. 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 (the one i bought is longer than the one installed now).

my question is this. is the dropdown pitman arm all i need to fix the issue with the front wheels camber? 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 and it looks like they did a half ass job on the lift so i have no clue what parts im missing. im trying to fix the problem myself so i can save some money

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Old 04-29-2009, 17:13   #2 (permalink)
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Re: 89 Ford F250 - Lifted - Will Drop Pitman Arm Fix Camber on tires?

I'd install the drop pitman arm and have it aligned. If you'll notice after removing the linkage from the arm, if you raise it up or down the front tires will try toe in and out, like /--\ and |--|. I bet that's what happened, without the drop pitman arm the linkage remained 3" higher resulting in excessive toe in.
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Old 04-30-2009, 17:21   #3 (permalink)
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Re: 89 Ford F250 - Lifted - Will Drop Pitman Arm Fix Camber on tires?

ok now im confused about camber and toe in/out

is my problem camber or toe in/out? when i stand in front of the truck, looking at it head on, my tires look like this \----/

i originally thoght it was called toe in/out but someone on another forum told me it was camber. sorry for my ignorance, i dont know much about alignment on automobiles..im more of a motorcycle guy

EDIT: NEVERMIND I FIGURED IT OUT - Wheel Alignment Explained - What is Caster, Camber, Toe In, Toe Out, Alignment - Four Wheel Alignment
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Re: 89 Ford F250 - Lifted - Will Drop Pitman Arm Fix Camber on tires?

No, the steering linkage doesn't affect camber. Camber strictly is a suspension measurement.
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Re: 89 Ford F250 - Lifted - Will Drop Pitman Arm Fix Camber on tires?

I'm dealing with the same issue right now on the 88 f250 I just bought, if you look up lift kits for your truck they should all come with I-beam drop brackets, these brackets should be what you need to fix your issue, the brackets are available by themselves on ebay
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