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Alignment shop issues this morning....

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by Sandfire, Oct 26, 2009.

  1. Oct 26, 2009 at 7:56 AM
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    Sandfire

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    I have searched and read several threads on here but was unable to find answers directly related to the issues I'm having this morning.

    I just got my OME lift and TC UCAs installed last week and this morning had the truck scheduled for alignment (keep in mind here that I am mechanically inclined enough to have installed my own lift but know very little about alignment.) The guy at the shop seemed very unsure about how to align a moderately lifted truck. He informed me he had no idea where to start since he usually just plugs in the year and model and that gives him specs. I told him I could probably get specs (from my friends at TW:)) but there might be some variables, slightly different lift heights, 2wd vs 4x4, etc. He said if it varies more than a 1/4" the numbers would be different.

    He then found out I am planning to put spacers on the front and said that would change things as well.

    I ended up leaving without the alignment done with the task of finding him specs and waiting until my spacers arrive.

    Are issues like this normal or is he making it harder than it should be? Also, if someone could provide me specs that match my application I would appreciate it. Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Oct 26, 2009 at 8:01 AM
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    wildjerseyfirefighter

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    if its done right, with new ucas and such, you should just use the factory specs
     
  3. Oct 26, 2009 at 8:06 AM
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    Sandfire

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    Huh....I was under the impression the specs changed with the aftermarket struts/3"lift?, and yes I did use TC UCAs.
     
  4. Oct 26, 2009 at 8:07 AM
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    David Tarantino

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  5. Oct 26, 2009 at 8:09 AM
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    This is correct ^^^
     
  6. Oct 26, 2009 at 8:10 AM
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    Thanks for the specs, should I wait for the spacers or is it not that big a deal?
     
  7. Oct 26, 2009 at 8:11 AM
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    4.10 gears, sliders, and lots of buttons.
    Spacers shouldnt affect the alignment.
     
  8. Oct 26, 2009 at 8:14 AM
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    Thanks Chris! The guy at the shop was under the impression it would affect caster for some reason.
     
  9. Oct 26, 2009 at 8:15 AM
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    Would these be the specs for a mild lift as well- 1.5"-1.75" in the front with rear 1.5" AAL?
     
  10. Oct 26, 2009 at 8:15 AM
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    Strange....The spacers simply move the wheel out a little further....Kinda like putting on new wheels with a different back spacing....Wont affect the Caster at all.
     
  11. Oct 26, 2009 at 8:16 AM
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    How ?
     
  12. Oct 26, 2009 at 8:17 AM
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    LMAO!!!! Ditto! :)
     
  13. Oct 26, 2009 at 8:20 AM
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    That's what I thought to but wasn't armed with enough info to disagree with him this morning.:)

    I have no clue...just relaying what he said so the experts here could muse over it.
     
  14. Oct 26, 2009 at 8:21 AM
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    go some place else and have them set it the the spic above
    youll be fine :D
     
  15. Oct 26, 2009 at 8:24 AM
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    Yeah might have to, now I'm kinda worried they don't know what there doing!

    Oh, and he also tried to talk me out of spacers, said they would be harmful to my wheel bearings.....I did call BS on that one and told him I knew of hundreds of people running them without adverse issues.
     
  16. Oct 26, 2009 at 8:57 AM
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    They can cause wear on the wheel bearings to be escalated. They increse the leverage against them.
     
  17. Oct 26, 2009 at 9:03 AM
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    It doesn't surprise me that wear is escalated but the concept would be the same as an aftermarket wheel with more backspacing if I am thinking correctly.

    Although in another thread I said I had no rubbing, turns out the tires are now rubbing (messing up my pretty new UCAs:mad:) at a full lock. Thats why I decided to do spacers.
     
  18. Oct 26, 2009 at 9:06 AM
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    Yeah, its the same as adding a wheel with 4" BS.
     
  19. Oct 26, 2009 at 9:13 AM
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    I could see that but I hope not....he's the same guy that assembled my new OME springs and shocks.:)
     
  20. Oct 30, 2009 at 8:16 AM
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    Hey did you get this resolved?
     
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