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Basic alignment after all new steering components

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by MTBLAZER89, Jun 20, 2004.

  1. MTBLAZER89

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    Getting ready to finally finish up my crossover install. New balljoints tie rod, and of course draglink steering and pitman arm. What basic adjustments do I need to do to keep my tires from wearing, and for it to drive straight? I know about toe-in, but on a search get mixed meathods and amounts. 3/16" toe in right, and measure from the rotors? What other adjustments can I make in the driveway?
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    That is basically all I did. Got my toe-in 1/8" closer in the front than the rear, and drove it to get an alignment for $30 /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    You will probably want to measure toe off of the tire. The drag link allows you to center the wheel and to even the lock to lock ratio.
     
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    so meausre toe-in off the sidewalls not the rotor?
     
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    there is no need to go to a shop to align these straight axles
    toe is all that can be adjusted other then centering the steering box with the draglink
    toe should be measured at the centre of the tire
    put the front on jack stands under the axle
    make a chalk line around the tire
    use a nail or something and spin the tire to scrib on both sides
    get a friend to help hold the tape comparing front to back measure

    that is exactly what the alignment shop charges you $30 for unless you want to check wheel thrust angles to look for a broken frame
     
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    I'm not quite sure what you mean MJ?? Sorry maybe I am just reading it wrong could anybody explain this better? I understand the 2x4 and tape measure method
     
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    Mark your tires in the center at the front. Measure the distance with a tape measure. Rotate the tire 180* and measure again. Adjust your tie rod. Do this until you have the toe-in that is desired.

    You have now aligned your truck. Congrats.
     
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    same idea
    only I wipe a section/stripe of the tire with chaulk while rotating it
    then use a sharp item like a nail to scribe a circumference line around the tire, holding the sharp object still and spin the tire to scribe
    gives you an easy to see reference line around the tire
    measure from as close to mid hieght of the tire as possible comparing front to rear
    the pros have a stick with moveable points to measure with
     
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    Yep, I knew you'd said the same thing, I was just attempting to clarify. Your way probably works well and sounds great to you, but in words it hasn't come out very clear. Even so, same thing, same idea, job done easily. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    Ok so actually mark the tread with chalk measure then spin 180* and measure again?
     
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    [ QUOTE ]
    Ok so actually mark the tread with chalk measure then spin 180* and measure again?

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    Yes. Exactly.
     
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    cool Thanks Tim and MJ /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif
     

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