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Put on New Tires, Do I have to Align it?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by GeoTaco1, Jan 30, 2011.

  1. Jan 30, 2011 at 2:03 PM
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    GeoTaco1

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    I replaced my stock BFG Rugged Trails with Toyos same size. Does it need to be aligned?
     
  2. Jan 30, 2011 at 2:08 PM
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  3. Jan 30, 2011 at 5:04 PM
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    Never hurts to have it checked.
    Just replaced the tires on my wife's Camry and my shop checked it, it was in spec and the did not charge me.
    I always like to start out knowing it is good rather than finding out later due to wear patterns.
     
  4. Jan 30, 2011 at 5:09 PM
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    No, but its a good idea so you get max life out of the new tires.
     
  5. Jan 30, 2011 at 6:42 PM
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    I think alignments are one of the biggest wastes of money out there. Sure if you've done some suspension work and changed parts that actually affect the alignment you should have it done. But otherwise if it goes straight and doesn't chew up tires you are wasting your money and they may actually screw it up trying to "fix" it. I started doing my own alignments on my Mustang a few years back with an SPC camber/caster gauge with a toe adapter after 2 shops royally screwed it up. If you have a good shop with an alignment tech that knows what they are doing with a quality machine that's properly calibrated that's great. But that's rarely the situation when you are asked if you want an alignment when you are buying tires. My wife's 4Runner has 206k on it and it's never had an alignment. The steering wheel is dead straight, it tracks straight, and the tires wear perfect. My tacoma had an alignment done by the last owner when he had tires replaced about 15k ago. The steering wheel is slightly off and it pulls slightly to the left.
     
  6. Feb 26, 2011 at 2:10 PM
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    Well I finally took a test drive on sand today with my Toyo ATs'. They were great! I only aired down to 20 LB, stayed 4H and I was able to drive up hill, downhill, soft sand, no problem.

    Only once from a stopped position, it felt like it wanted to dig in, but it came out real fast. I did not have to switch it out the standard 4H ever.

    I am wondering, should I keep it in Drive, while in 4H, or bring it down to gear 3? or 2?
    I usually will n ot drive over 30 MPH on sand.
     
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