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Alright I'm new to this site, an new to the big lifted truck world so to speak. All my other ...


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Old 11-15-2016, 10:07 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Alright I'm new to this site, an new to the big lifted truck world so to speak. All my other truck had your typical 3 or 6in name brand lift on them. An luckily there was never any issues with any of the lift or suspension parts while in my ownership.

However, I just recently purchased a 2000 dodge ram 1500, lifted 10in in suspension an 3in body with 44x18.5x15 tires on it. Truck only has 60k miles on it. Zero rust! An has never seen mud or snow! It was a company's show truck they used as a rolling bilboard for their company. It has the 5.9L 360. One hell of a truck!!!

Apon buying this truck I was told by the previous owner that it needed a wheel bearing. Witch is why it wobbled really bad. Almost as if the front wheel was gonna fall off so it felt. Or like there was a belt broke in one of the tires. Needless to say it was the scariest experience ever driving it home. Once I got it home, I immediately went to the parts store an bought a moog wheel bearing. Took 2 nights, 2, 5ton jaw pullers an a 10lb sledge hammer to get the old one out, but I got it out. New one installed an yet, the same problem.

After using a go pro mounted under the truck, I was able to see what was moving under there that was causing the bad wobble while driving. Control arm bushing. Passenger side was gone. You can grab the passenger front wheel while it's parked an see the movment an play in the control arms.

So my question is, how can you tell what kind of brand the control arms are so I can order some new bushings?

After googling a shit ton of pictures I'm pretty confident that it's a tuff country lift. But from what I've found online tuff country don't make a 10in lift. (Reason I say 10in lift is Bc there is 10ins of blocks in the rear)

But, the dual steering stabilizer is bds.
All the shocks on the truck is pro comp.
So I'm kinda clueless to what kind of lift kit this damn truck even has.....please someone she'd some light


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I don't have the answer to your question, but damn 10" blocks? That's insane and probably unsafe. I'd go through your entire suspension and do it all right


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Really? I've seen some guys run even bigger blocks.....there's 3 separate blocks. If I remember right there's a 2, 4in blocks. An like a 1 3\4in block. U bolts still look new so I didn't think nothing of it. Blocks are nice an straight.....yes I have heard it's not good to have that many blocks..due to that being alot of extra weight on the axle housing....I'm still learning this site. I wish I knew how to post pictures
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More than one block is just as bad honestly. And it has nothing to do with weight. The taller the block the worse the axle wrap. If your curious what that can do look up YouTube videos


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[QUOTE=Csanders1992;1398967]More than one block is just as bad honestly. And it has nothing to do with weight. The taller the block the worse the axle wrap. If your curious what that can do look up YouTube videos






So after checking out some vids of what axle wrap is....I kinda doubt my truck would be doing anything like that...only Bc I have these long ass I'm assuming their called control arms that run from the frame down to the bottom of the rear axle.
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I'd start with those bushings you mentioned. I would imagine they're either tough country like you mentioned or Fabtech. Only other companies that make any for us are bds and dodgeoffroad and those aren't them lol.

If the wobble persists i would probably do a tire rotation. Left on right and right on left. See if the problem follows


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I believe that's a long arm and not a control arm.
Long-Arm Vs. Short-Arm Suspension - 4-Wheel & Off-Road

You may need something custom made to replace what you have since I doubt many people will have parts for a 2000 with a 10" lift. Rubber/ poly bushings are cheaper, FK stainless bearings are fail proof but will make noise.


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