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Old 10-17-2010, 03:17 PM   #1
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Let's talk about alignment (keeping alignment)

What are you guys doing to maintain alignment? I am in need of an alignment after swapping coil overs and I want to see what I can do to hold alignment off road.
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Old 10-17-2010, 04:56 PM   #2
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Use the Total Chaos alignment tabs and once you get everything straight tack weld the cams. That is the only way aside from converting to heims. If you're on a budget, just get the alignment done and put bigger tacks on the bottom and top of the cams, but they will still probably warp and bend the tabs.
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i have a set of light racing upper control arms. they have the 1-1/4'' nut on top that holds the ball joint in place. it's very very strong, but that is the most likely place for my alignment to go bad (if the nut/ball joint slip). when i got it alligned, i had the tech put the ball joint all of the way to the outside of the control arm. twice now, i've hit stuff hard enough off road to slide the ball joint assembly in. all i have to do is losen it, slide it back out, and torque it back to spec. i'd much rather the nut move and have to reset it, than the next weakest point, which would not be a 2 minute fix.

but like what was said above, reinforce the alignment tabs. if you really want to drop some money, you can get the all pro steering upgrade (stronger tie rods, and uniballs instead of ball joints)
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lets see some pics of the new shocks, chase
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I'm already running AP steering, as I'm on AP LT. I'm thinking I'm just gonna have the shop align the truck and mark the tabs.

And I will post pics soon Matt. Fox RR all the way around now. Plus a new rear bumper and front fenders.
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I added the Total Chaos alignment tabs and that helped a lot. Also get the Firestone Lifetime alignment warranty for around $130 and never pay for an alignment again. I get an alignment about every 3 months just because.
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I'm already running AP steering, as I'm on AP LT. I'm thinking I'm just gonna have the shop align the truck and mark the tabs.

And I will post pics soon Matt. Fox RR all the way around now. Plus a new rear bumper and front fenders.

That's what I do. Despite hitting a mountain of stuff and taking some abuse the tabs haven't moved. But if they do i'll know about it. And get the life time alignment deal from firestone as was already mentioned.
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