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Off road and alignment

Discussion in 'Off-Roading & Trails' started by OBJMS33, Mar 9, 2009.

  1. Mar 9, 2009 at 6:13 AM
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    OBJMS33

    OBJMS33 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I have an 05 four banger with plain 4x4. My buddy has a TRD v-6. He says his alignment is off after taking his off road. I got mine just to go to the snow but
    the fire and power line roads are looking attractive. I have a bike for my off roading and had planned on only using this truck to go to the snow. Since I will be doing a lot of freeway driving i don't want this thing pulling to the side. Any thoughts on this. If some mild off roading is going to affect my alignment noticebly I will just stick to my bike. But I know a lot of two track dirt roads and now that I have this awesome truck I would like to go down a few.
     
  2. Mar 9, 2009 at 6:18 AM
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    Mild off-roading will not hurt your alignment from my experiences. If you do happen to get it out of alignment go to sears for the front alignment. Sears alignment jobs carry a 6 month 6,000 mile warranty, if it gets out of alignment again...............free service!!!
     
  3. Mar 9, 2009 at 7:55 AM
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    I ignore a lot of this friends experiences. He's a good guy for sure, but our thoughts on these kinds of things usually differ. Me I like torque wrenches. Him, he just cranks stuff down. I'm more meticulous. Especially with my new 20k freaking investment!!:eek::D
     
  4. Mar 9, 2009 at 8:06 AM
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    98tacoma27

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    Mild offroading really doesn't effect your alignment. You would really have to hit hard from say a big jump or hit the wheel on the side against a rock. You should be fine with some moderate wheeling. If you are that worried, here is what you can do. Get an alignment before you go offroading (at Sears like DK said). Ask for a print out of the results. Go do your offroading in the taco. Then go back to Sears and tell them it feels like it is pulling to the side and have them do it again. Get another print out of the results and compare to the original. They should tell you whether or not it is in fact "out of alignment". Plus it would be free under their warranty. That should settle or prove your worries.
     
  5. Mar 9, 2009 at 8:18 AM
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    I was thinking about this exact issue the other day when I was doing a little dirt trailing. Very minor though, no big bumps or hills. I was kind of worried about my alignment at first but I've invested to much in my truck to baby it that much! I mean come on, 3" lift with 33's and TC UCA's!! Got to do some off-roading!!:D
     
  6. Mar 9, 2009 at 8:31 AM
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    I don't plan on getting crazy. I know a lot of good roads that are pretty tame by 4x4 standard. When I was out in the desert on the way to the mountains the other week I started looking at all these groomed fire roads that I would go right down on my KLR. Only reason I did not go was past experience I knew not to go alone and such stuff. I was on my way to go snowboarding and knew I could come back to San Diego and try out the roads I know here. And after getting more time to look around on here.
    All your answers are really helpful. Thanks!
     
  7. Mar 9, 2009 at 8:34 AM
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    Truck came with brand new BFG A/T's too. Got up around Bishop and Mammoth lakes and saw some of the roads I was just riding in summer with about a foot of snow on them and was drooling! Wanted to check out friends comments.
     
  8. Mar 9, 2009 at 8:53 AM
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    +1! I've already had mine aligned twice and it's about to go in a third time in the next week or so (coilover adjustments, not offroading alignment problems).
     
  9. Mar 9, 2009 at 11:31 AM
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    yeah...i've had mine aligned 3 times from firestone since last august. i took it in at 200 miles for the first alignment after the spacer lift....then in november after wheeling, then again the other week after CO's and rear setup

    EDIT: oh yeah...forgot to mention that i have the firestone lifetime as well. they say it can be done every 6k miles...or as needed
     
  10. Mar 9, 2009 at 2:44 PM
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    +1 on the Firestone lifetime alignment. When i get my new tires- It'll cost me 150 more cause I'll be getting it for the truck!!!
     
  11. Mar 9, 2009 at 2:55 PM
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    I have had one alignment after my billys were put on, I have hit hard a few times going a little fast down some fire roads, I think I will do an alignment twice a year. It still drives straight as a arrow.
     
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