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Still having sway problem, need advice

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Well, I have replaced all the ball joints, link and center joints, new rubber coupler in steering, power steering box, but I am still getting some sway while driving. Not as much as before, but it is still there.

Tires? Yup, can it be the damn tires? They are Cooper Discoverer H/T, but they are not E rated tires. Max PSI is only like 35. The load number is 106, which is low.

I bet it is these crappy tires that are the cause, what do you guys think?

Oh, I the king pins are nice and tight, the only other thing I will be replacing this week is the Axle pivot bushings. The old one's look like they are cracking.
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Axle pivot brakets look good. Will get the Poly Axle Pivot Bushings this week. Had to order them, none local. I will be getting an alignment after I get it all together. It is not a pull that I feel, it is like the truck wants to wander. Steering is tight now, so the only thing I can think is that the tires are not right. They are bulging a bit, and after looking at a lot of trucks this weekend, I have concluded that they need replaced. Will be on the look out for some good 10 ply E rated tires.
After I installed all the new components, it is much better than before. i had steering wheel slop, which is now gone. I have the toe correct, so I don't think it is the alignment. I am hoping to sell some stuff so I can get new tires. I want to haul my trailers, so I need good tires that can hold the weight.
I will do that anyway, once I get my Axle pivot bushings in towrds the end of the week. I still think that I need new tires, just for the safety factor. Not worth a blow out while towing.

Who does good truck alignments? I guess I would need a chain of some sort as I am in Ohio?

I bet my caster/Camber is off as you say as well.
I know that it is hard to find someone who knows these trucks and can or will do a good job and care about how it turns out. Most shops do it in like 15 minutes and it is crap. I have found a race shop here in town that also does some truck work. The guy said I can come in and assist and watch and we can set it up the right way. Sounds like a good place to go. Will stop by and check out their equipment this week. I bet you guys are right, that the alignment is critical as well as a good set of tires.
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