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Old 02-15-2008, 12:15 PM
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Tires rub on new F250...didn't on my old one.

Ok, so last week, I traded my 08 F250 for another 08 F250. I didn't want to spend another $1200 buying another set of 35" Toyo M/T's, so I had the dealer swap the wheels and tires from the old truck to the new one. The two trucks were almost identical, except for one option. The new one has the "stabilizer package" option. The old one did not. Apparently, the "stabilizer package" includes heavy duty front springs and an anti-sway bar in the rear. On the old truck, my tires NEVER rubbed...not once. Not offroad, not when cutting the wheels sharp to the side while turning, not while backing. Well, they rub on the new truck. They rub if I cut the wheel all the way to one side or the other while braking or going down a sharp incline and they rub when the wheel is turned all the way while backing up into a parking space. The only thing that I can think of is that the "stabilizer package" adds a component that is a little larger than the original and the tires are rubbing on that component. I looked to see where it was rubbing and could not tell. I will check again this afternoon and post up what I find out.
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Ok, I know that nobody is interested, but I found more information about this that I find interesting. My truck has option 63B, which is the stabilizer package.

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HEAVY SERVICE SUSPENSION PKG -inc: heavy service front springs *Recommended only on vehicles which will permanently utilize aftermarket equipment such as HD winches, brush guards or apparatus which loads the front axle to the specified GAWR* (N/A w/471 Camper Pkg, 473 Snow Plow Pkg or 63B Stabilizer Pkg) *May result in deterioration of ride quality. Vehicle ride height will increase with the addition of this package.*
This description leads me to believe that if the stabilizer package were to cause a height difference, it would make the truck sit higher. My new truck does not sit any higher or lower, but the tires rub. I think I will go out to the parking lot and see where they are rubbing.
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It has to do with HD suspension.

You've got the wide frame version.
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It has to do with HD suspension.

You've got the wide frame version.
That makes sense. Is that a good thing?
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That makes sense. Is that a good thing?
Yes and no.

It sort of limits you on tires and other suspension mods.

But it's going to help you the next time you tow something heavy.
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I bet the steering stops are just adjusted differently on the two trucks since you say the rubbing is at full steering lock.
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I bet the steering stops are just adjusted differently on the two trucks since you say the rubbing is at full steering lock.
Now that you mention it, this one does seem to steer further left and right. Is there a way to adjust that so that it does not steer as far?
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Yes, but I'm not sure how.
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I bet the steering stops are just adjusted differently on the two trucks since you say the rubbing is at full steering lock.
Could be... but I doubt they'd do that much of a hack job on adjusting them properly.
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Yes, but I'm not sure how.
Ok, thanks a lot. I guess I either need to lift it a bit or adjust the steering stops. I am thinking a 4" lift, but maybe a 6" would be the way to go. If I knew I could get it into my garage with a 4" lift, I would buy one right now.
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Now that you mention it, this one does seem to steer further left and right. Is there a way to adjust that so that it does not steer as far?
So they did do a hack jobber... interesting.

Hopefully nothing falls off your truck, and hopefully it wasn't built on a Friday.
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So they did do a hack jobber... interesting.

Hopefully nothing falls off your truck, and hopefully it wasn't built on a Friday.
Ok, I just scoped out the situation...and the problem is just about a half inch of plastic at the bottom edge of the black liner in the wheel well. I took a pair of scissors and trimmed it up in like 2 minutes and the problem is resolved. Thanks for all the info guys. No need to adjust the stops.
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Ok, I just scoped out the situation...and the problem is just about a half inch of plastic at the bottom edge of the black liner in the wheel well. I took a pair of scissors and trimmed it up in like 2 minutes and the problem is resolved. Thanks for all the info guys. No need to adjust the stops.
You my friend, just got lucky.

Nothing like a true and true "scissor" mod... reminds me of the Zoodad mod...
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Freeky your running 35s on the factory rims right? I decided to sell that set of 22in Rockstars w/37 Nittos I had (I cleared $1K profit on them) now have a set of 22x11 Motometals with 335/55/22 BFG Mud Terrains on the way. Do you think a Donahoe 2.5in lift in the front would clear them (they are about a 36in tire)? And what about in the rear...would a F350 block be enough? As it is now my truck sets level...thats the way I want to keep it. I hate that front end higher than the rear look. Is the rear suspension on out trucks the same as 07s? I know a add a leaf and a F350 block would be plenty but I can only find add a leafs for 07s.
I really dont want to go 4in...so a 2.5 would be perfect if it would work. The truck will never be off road so I am not worried about rubbing while flexing the suspension.
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wait whyd you swap your truck? did you get another identical one?
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