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Alignment question

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by SunriseTaco, Apr 19, 2017.

  1. Apr 19, 2017 at 8:18 AM
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    SunriseTaco

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    Planning on installing my lift kit this Saturday evening. Will it be ok to run until Monday morning before I get it to an alignment shop?
     
  2. Apr 19, 2017 at 8:19 AM
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    You can drive it but your tires will take a hit.
     
  3. Apr 19, 2017 at 8:20 AM
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    Do you really have somewhere pressing to be on Sunday?
     
  4. Apr 19, 2017 at 8:20 AM
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    depending how much lift and how far you need to drive. But short distance shouldnt be too harsh on the tires. I wouldnt drive it for a month with out getting it aligned though.
     
  5. Apr 19, 2017 at 8:21 AM
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    You'll be fine, mark the OEM alignment and "get it close" .... as long as you're not going on a 500 mile vacation trip Sunday you will be ok.
     
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  6. Apr 19, 2017 at 8:21 AM
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    Just do your best to adjust your alignment by eyesight, maybe even take a few measurements while your adjusting and you should get it close enough to be ok but don't be surprised if you can hear your tires squealing down the road
     
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  7. Apr 19, 2017 at 8:34 AM
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    It isn't going to kill you just don't rack up 300+ miles on the truck between alignments. Mark the alignment cams if you loosen the LCAs so you get it back close to where it was. No big deal to wait a couple days.
     
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  8. Apr 19, 2017 at 9:03 AM
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    this^^^^
     
  9. Apr 19, 2017 at 4:47 PM
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    If you are installing a lift then you will probably be getting new tires so who cares.
     
  10. Apr 19, 2017 at 5:07 PM
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    I installed a lift but I do not plan to get new tires until the stock ones wear out. My lift is only 1.5", I am not lifting for looks to install "bigger tires" so that's part of the reason I am in no hurry. I am more about function and performance personally.
     
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  11. Apr 19, 2017 at 5:12 PM
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    Smitty,

    I loved your write up on your lift and plan to do the same after 1 year and hope my tires wear out ASAP within reason to bump it up a little.
     
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  12. Apr 19, 2017 at 5:16 PM
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    Thanks if it even helps a couple of folks, I am glad that I took the time to write it. :thumbsup:

    I believe most of the process could be applicable to many other lifts too, not necessarily brand specific.
     
  13. Apr 19, 2017 at 5:24 PM
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    You can drive without any worry. It would take thousands of kilometres to do any real damage to tires (from a bad alignment).
     
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  14. Apr 20, 2017 at 6:03 PM
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    I have a similar questions. Do I need to redo the alignment if I change the stock sr5 shocks to the stock OR shocks and springs?
     
  15. Apr 20, 2017 at 6:08 PM
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    Alignments are cheap. Just get an alignment if you do any major suspension changes.

    You'll definitely need an alignment to get it perfect if you change the struts or leaf springs. The hardware that puts them in alignment is part of how they mount to the truck in the first place -- remember, smitty99 mentioned the alignment cams? Even if you get them perfect, they may need to be slightly changed if the spring rate changes or any geometry at all changes.

    My local shop does specials on lifetime alignments for $150, you should invest in the same and just not worry about it.
     
  16. Apr 20, 2017 at 6:46 PM
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    Thank you that's very helpful information.
     
  17. Apr 21, 2017 at 2:31 AM
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    You'll be perfectly fine for a couple of days. You won't ever notice it on your tires.
     
  18. Apr 21, 2017 at 4:35 AM
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    I've done over 500mi without alignment on my 2in lift, camber is obviously off just by looking at it. Ive noticed hardly any wear if any on my stock tires. I'm ordering my new tires mon and installing new wheels so I've been holding off getting an alignment so the tech has an idea of how much caster to try to put in.
     
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