I have a 2000 GMC sierra with a 6" lift kit. I hit a big pothole and
had to replace the passenger front shocks and upper shock hoop. My
real problem is a severe vibration between 40 and 50 mph and my
steering wheel is cocked to the right. Also sharp turns at low speeds
there is clunking in the front end. I'm fairly certain the wheel needs
to be balanced and that could be the shimming. Does anyone know what
else could be going on? Tie rod? Rack? Linkage? steering damper?
Get it up and check it out, anything in the front could cause this just
basic diagnostics for the condition. Bent wheel, broke tire carcass. Wheel
off center is something bent in the steering/suspension.
If you hit hard enough to bend the shock hoop then you probably did more
damage than just that. If the wheel is different now it is very possible
you bent a control arm, damaged the lift kit parts, bent a tie rod, bent
a rim or damaged the belts in a tire.
Get it into a shop and in the air and check it over NOW. And stop
driving it at speed unless your really looking forward to rolling it. If
a suspension part or tire fails due to the damage it WILL go over. There
are a bunch of parts that could be damaged.
I agree find the problem now. Something else is bent or broken. Left
stock that front end will take a pretty good beating but when you lift
it and run large tires it places a lot more stress on front end and
when you hit something with a tire, parts can start bending and
breaking even if tires was not harmed itself.It that truck was
designed for that kinda of tire and lift it would have much heavier
componenets in it from factor from wheel bearing to frame. You need to
closely examine EVERYTHING in the front end. I would start with
control arms and bushings for them and then the frame where they
attach because I feel the problem is in that area somewhere. If it
checks good check out steering linkage and steering box itself.
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