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I apologize if I'm posting this in the wrong spot. I'm kind of a rookie here. I've got an '08 with a 6" Fabtech lift. It had 60K miles on it when I bought it. I've put about 30K miles on it in the 5 years I've had it. I've also put 2 rack and pinions in it, and now I'm about to have #3 installed. The first two happened after turning fairly sharply into parking spots. When I went to back out of them the things just detonated. It made a good "thunk" noise and dumped the all the power steering fluid. After the second one I was anal about not cranking the wheels hard at all. I was 2 years into the last one and figured babying it had solved the issue. Then, last night I pulled into my driveway, after work, and gave it the slight left turn I always do there, and I felt the steering get hard. When I got out I could see a short trail of PS fluid on the ground.

I've read some of the older posts about the racks on here, but nothing recent. Has anyone heard of a legitimate fix for this? I haven't been able to play in the mud with it because I'm afraid of breaking it, and now I'm reluctant to take it very far up the local mountain roads, or even very far from home on the highway. I love everything else about the truck, but this issue is killing me. Anyway, any advice would be appreciated.
 

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The Torque Angle with the lift is going to simply eat the Main gear to bushings. There is no quick fix. The price to pay to play :)
To change the angle would require more than I care to type atm.
 

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Interested to see some responses here..just finished putting a fabtech lift on my 09.


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Interested to see some responses here..just finished putting a fabtech lift on my 09.


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I'd definitely baby the s**t out of it after you lift it. I'm gonna' put this third R&P in and then have someone put some new stops in. I can only think that the thing gets kinda' "hyper extended" when it gets cranked harder than it can take. The problem is that "what it can take" is really limited. I didn't get a jacked up 4x4 so I could drive it in a straight line down the highway. I love the truck except for this issue.
 

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Thinking twice about lifting now... I absolutely have to take tight turns getting in and out of the river swamps where I live and and on land I hunt on.... this sux! Maybe I'll sell it and get a ford or go back to my old '97 1500...
What's the point in having a d a m n 4x4,lifting it to get clearance to protect drivetrain and body just to only be able to use it as hwy bro truck.

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