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Alignment question after 3" lift

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by thedude, Jun 19, 2011.

  1. Jun 19, 2011 at 12:27 PM
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    thedude

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    I just got a 3" OME lift installed. I did not get aftermarket UCA's and the shop said it aligned just fine. Do these numbers check out? Thanks


     
  2. Jun 19, 2011 at 12:31 PM
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    Before and After Alignment numbers
     
  3. Jun 19, 2011 at 12:35 PM
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    They look acceptable. Caster isn't as important as camber & toe. As camber & toe being way off will wear your tires out and your truck will not track straight.
     
  4. Jun 19, 2011 at 1:04 PM
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    LR UCA's add 2* of caster at their neutral setting

    This would help you a lot

    Also , have you looked to see if your alignment shop flattened your aligmnent tabs to get you extra caster ?
     
  5. Jun 19, 2011 at 1:55 PM
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    No I didn't check, don't know where the alignment tabs are? Hmm I'll have to pay attention to the wander when I drive on the highway to see how bad it is. Besides the wander the tires should wear evenly with these specs correct? So if I can live with the wander - no after aftermarket UCA's needed? I just don't want to spend the $500 or so unless I really need to. Thanks for the help!
     
  6. Jun 19, 2011 at 2:00 PM
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    The alignment tabs are where the LCA attaches to the frame
     
  7. Jun 19, 2011 at 2:26 PM
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    just spend the money and get the light racing upper control arms. I put a 3 " ome lift in my double cab and it drove me nuts, it just felt so weird at highway speeds . the LR UCA's made it feel like a new front end, best 500 bucks i ever spent. and for any offroading your front suspension will thank you
     
  8. Jun 20, 2011 at 8:55 AM
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    Yes, I can tell it rides weird at hwy speeds. Feels like it's windy when there is no wind. I'm guessing I need another allignment when I get new UCA's installed?

    The instal shop here isn't familier with aftermarket UCA's - they are pretty straightfoward to instal correct.
     
  9. Jun 20, 2011 at 9:07 AM
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    Yes , another alignment .

    The UCA replacement is a straight swap , the only hard part can be getting the long UCA bolt out .
     
  10. Jun 20, 2011 at 12:32 PM
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    Thanks for the info/pics - I remember him saying the caster couldn't be adjusted so I don't think they did anything but I'll check. Well I've already spent my a$$ on lift/tires/wheels why stop now - LR UCA's it is :)
     
  11. Jun 21, 2011 at 11:48 AM
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    Hey guys, does 2.5 hours of labor ($160) seem like a fair price for instal on the LR UCA's? I don't have the tools/know how to do it myself.
     
  12. Jun 21, 2011 at 12:39 PM
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    Seemed a little high to me too, I would be surprised if it took somebody who knew what they were doing 2.5 hours but who knows.

    It does look simple - the problem is every time I start a simple mechanical task it turns into a whole day thing - I suck I may ask a few guys at work if they can lend a hand, a case of beer is a lot cheaper than $160!
     
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    I also did mine myself, and it wasn't that hard with hand tools and someone to help. I wish I could get something like that done here for $160...dealership/ places here quoted at least $500 Canadian. Told them F that and did it myself, just like my lift.
     
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    Indeed, me too. Fat Bobs is THE place to get Light Racing UCA's.
     
  16. Jun 21, 2011 at 4:05 PM
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    Thanks guys, I talked to the shop today, he quoted two hours to be safe, he's never done it before - he's a trustworthy guy and will only charge me an hour if that's what it takes. He installed my whole OME lift for $260.

    Yeah dude if he said anywhere near $500 even if Canadian (isn't our currency close now) That would be a no go.

    I'm sure I could do it if I had the time, but right now my time is more important than the money. Thanks for the help and I will give Fat Bobs a call!
     
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    Looks like all they did was set the toe. Camber could be better, and the caster is way too low.
     
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    come on maan it's not that easy, you forgot to tell him that you have to bend the inner fender to remove the long bolt in the passanger side.
     
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    or you can cut the head of the bolt off.
     
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