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Which first? tires/align?

Discussion in 'Wheels & Tires' started by tyaker, Apr 25, 2010.

  1. Apr 25, 2010 at 10:39 AM
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    tyaker

    tyaker [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Hey, guys... did a search and couldn't quite find anyone's ideas on this

    Background: just leveled (sort-of... a lil' bit high in front) my '99 SR5 xcab w/ billy 5100's/OME 881's up front. I know I need an alignment, but as luck would have it, my too-soft Nokian Vatiiva's are wearing out. Gonna move up to some BFG T/A 31's, and I'm not sure what I should take care of first.

    Should I align now, and then get the new tires? Or wait and get the alignment done at the same time? I figure they'd have to align before they install anyway, but will the worn rubber on the alignment make a huge difference?

    Thanks for any help.
     
  2. Apr 25, 2010 at 10:41 AM
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    lotsoftoys

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    get the alignment done at the same time.
     
  3. Apr 25, 2010 at 11:58 AM
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    Yeah...Get the alignment after the tires. A nice fresh set of treads shouldn't make a HUGE difference- but you are better off getting the best alignment possible on the tires you'll be using for the next 25-40K imo.
     
  4. Apr 25, 2010 at 3:38 PM
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    Sounds logical, but what if, say, I go get the BFG's at Costco- by far the best deal on 'em around. They don't do alignments.

    Will it work to get the rubber, then go get an alignment elsewhere? Or will the Costco techs refuse to do it?
     
  5. Apr 25, 2010 at 3:40 PM
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    Naw...you'll be fine to get the tires there and then go elsewhere for the alignment (Firestone does 150 for lifetime alignments)
     
  6. Apr 25, 2010 at 3:41 PM
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    Everytime I have purchsed 4 new tires and alignment they always did the alignment after the new tires were installed. I don't know if there is any reason behind that though.
     
  7. Apr 25, 2010 at 3:44 PM
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    right on... wish I had a Firestone in town. Just Big O and a few mom n pop shops.

    Yeah, willy, I would think a proper balance would need a decent alignment first, but I ain't no rubber tech. Thanks for the advice!
     
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