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how bad of an alignment can i drive on to the shop?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by gov875, Nov 4, 2011.

  1. Nov 4, 2011 at 3:06 PM
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    i just installed my 5100s, eibachs, and LR UCA's and the front alignment is wayyyy off. The tires squeal as i drive down the road. I drove it 3 miles home worried the whole way and i have a 930 appointment tomorrow morning to get my Nittos put on and have an alignment done, will it be able to make it the extra 10 miles to the shop without any issue?? Should i jack up the front and try and adjust the LR UCA's to a better alignment prior to taking it over?

    thanks for any help! the rest of the lift went great!
     
  2. Nov 4, 2011 at 3:08 PM
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    Cr250jumper

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    I would try and get kinda close. Mine was way off too after installing LT but the tires werent squealing. Just get it close by eye and you should be fine
     
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    Wow, you're soo far off it squeels going down the road?!?! :eek: I have nothing to add, but damn that's impressive! If you can physically see how bad it is, it might be worth a go to attempt to correct it manually. It might save your tires a little bit.
     
  4. Nov 4, 2011 at 3:10 PM
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    my tires squeal when i turn lol.

    i would do it if it was only 10 miles and just take it easy. since your getting new tires put on there i wouldnt worry aboyut it
     
  5. Nov 4, 2011 at 3:11 PM
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    Well yeah... but you're LT and I'm assuming no sway bar :rolleyes:
     
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    No he is not......yet. But I am and I dont sqeal when I turn
     
  7. Nov 4, 2011 at 3:13 PM
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    You're not going fast enough then :cool:
     
  8. Nov 4, 2011 at 3:13 PM
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    I would just eyeball it use a measuring tape and try and fine tune it but if you have an appointment tomorrow morning, I would just eyeball it.
     
  9. Nov 4, 2011 at 3:17 PM
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    Money pit.
    Pretty damn bad.

    Bent spindle and I limped to a shop like this for ~ 5 miles at 15 MPH.

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  10. Nov 4, 2011 at 3:17 PM
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    pics of it:

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    what's the consensus? jack it up and tweak the LR UCA's to get a better alignment or just drive it like 30 mph the 10 miles to the shop and have them put on the new tires and do my alignment right entirely?
     
  11. Nov 4, 2011 at 3:18 PM
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    True. But everyones tires sqeal with that applied lol
     
  12. Nov 4, 2011 at 3:43 PM
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    looking at the pics is it worth fixing? it's actually only 5 miles to the auto place...

     
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    Money pit.
    As long as it's not rubbing the spindle, you're fine.
     
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    If its only 5 miles, I wouldnt even worry about it.:cool:
     
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    It almost looks like the LR UCA's aren't in the right position
     
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    You can adjust the camber pretty easy by loosening the nut on top and sliding the ball joint out away from the coil .
     
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    They are very adjustable. I eyeballed mine before I drove it because it looked pretty bad as well. Its pretty easy to adjust if you have the time.
     
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    yea i think that's what i need to do to fix it, pretty sure that's the biggest issue, just not sure how far out to push it in the slot on the UCA. If i push it all the way i think it'll be too far... for 5 miles i may just ride it out.
     
  20. Nov 4, 2011 at 4:10 PM
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    what do you mean? they're installed correctly i'm pretty damn sure...
     
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