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Frame bent??

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  1. Gil G

    Gil G Active Member 1st Gen Owner V6 Engine

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    Hello I have a new problem. I changed body mounto on my 2002 ST Thank you for the assistance. But now I noticed my bed is higher on the passenger side by 1-1/4 inch besides the worst case scenario (bent frame) what could it be? There's no rust at all to suggest something rusted out. ...are there some type of rubber mounts that could be bad like on the rest of the body? And how involved is that?
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    Todd Z Well-Known Member 2nd Gen Owner V6 Engine V8 Engine

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    that's a HUGE difference..... Something else is messed up, maybe a bed mount, or there are shims ford installs to level these things out.
     
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    Gil G Active Member 1st Gen Owner V6 Engine

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    Bed shims is what I'm hoping for. The bed appears to unbolt from the top side. Are there nuts underneath? Besides the fuel neck what else would I be worried about? I will measure the clearance from the frame to the ground to see if the frame is bent...
    Thank you
     
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    swshawaii Well-Known Member 1st Gen Owner 2 Wheel Drive V6 Engine

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    Not conventional nuts. Four T55 Torx bed bolts use extruded "u-nuts" similar to the rear sway bar frame bushing brackets. Be prepared for a fight with a cheater bar or better yet an impact wrench. Four bed bolt threads are covered with Ford's super strength blue Loctite.
     
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    I don't thinks shims will do it..... 1 and 1/4 inch is a lot.... Do you have pictures??
     
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    Gil G Active Member 1st Gen Owner V6 Engine

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    I will get some
     
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    EddieS'04 Well-Known Member 1st Gen Owner 2 Wheel Drive V6 Engine

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    If I ever have to remove my bed, Im in for a fight. When ford installed mine. They split 2 of the torx heads. Im beleive the T55 will slip out. With the bed being plastic, I cant use my accy torch. Maybe from the bottom, IDK...
     
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    Gil G Active Member 1st Gen Owner V6 Engine

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    I took some pictures but without raising the bed I can not see much but I took measurements of just about everything I could
    First of all I measured the axel to the ground. They were the same as expected but here's some things that I couldn't figure why....
     
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    Gil G Active Member 1st Gen Owner V6 Engine

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    Gil G Active Member 1st Gen Owner V6 Engine

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    Notice the position of the end of the I guess sway bar to the leaf spring
     
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    Gil G Active Member 1st Gen Owner V6 Engine

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    Gil G Active Member 1st Gen Owner V6 Engine

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    Gil G Active Member 1st Gen Owner V6 Engine

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    My Apologies I'm new at posting pictures here
     
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    Gil G Active Member 1st Gen Owner V6 Engine

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    This point at the end of the frame were only 3/8 difference
     
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    Gil G Active Member 1st Gen Owner V6 Engine

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    Then of course the bed is off Driver side lower
    I believe this is the sway bar assembly the two "pillars" are the same length but the bar attached to the axel Its a horizontal horseshoe shaped part ..If I were to take it off and lay it flat on the ground one side would not touch the ground by 2 inches
    Are they not supposed to be the same on both ends?
     
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    Are you laying the bar on the ground upsidedown? That way the hump on the bottom, doenst' mislead you. Yes both ends should touch the ground.
    Possibly your trac got rearended. That would also bend the bar. Look at the frame rails at the bumper location. For signs of repair. Is your Trac a used buy.
     
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    Good point Eddie. 19mm rear sway bar can easily be bent from an impact. It's also known that end link and lower shock mounts are at different mounting points. Most common explanation I've read is to compensate for the very common left side lean (aka Ranger or Gangsta lean) because of the weight imbalance from the fuel tank, battery, and driver. Picture below shows end link and shock height differences with an upgraded sway bar and different end links, but the mounting points weren't changed from stock. If possible, take rear view and side profile pics of the vehicle on level ground.

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    Gil G Active Member 1st Gen Owner V6 Engine

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    I will take a pic. And yes it was a used buy. But I will say your sway bar ends are even...mine are not
     
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    Gil G Active Member 1st Gen Owner V6 Engine

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    By looking at your sway bar I can see that. They are pretty level both being on the bottom of the leaf spring. On mine one left / drivers side is at the bottom of the leaf spring like yours but the right / passenger is above the leaf spring. By what you all are telling me ...then I would definitely say my sway bar is bent ..tweaked
     

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