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Unread 12-01-2014, 04:44 PM   #1
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Lets talk balljoints & rim backspacing.

So after my alignment the guys at the shop said my axle was slightly tweaked and that OFFSET balljoints would be the best way to get a true front end alignment. Does anyone know if Spicer makes an offset balljoint? I was getting outside tire wear on my front passenger tire.

As for rim backspacing. I was talking with Kg6mov about this subject and he passed on alot of good input. I just installed a IRO 3.5" Benchmark kit and am wanting to fit 32's under it. I heard from alot of JF members that it is possible with the right backspacing on my wheels. What does everybody reccomend and what does everybody currently run with that setup?

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Unread 12-01-2014, 06:39 PM   #2
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Post up the alignment specs.
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Unread 12-01-2014, 07:38 PM   #4
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Post up the alignment specs.
LEFT FRONT


Camber Before: -0.74
Camber Actual: -0.60

Caster Before: 6.74
Caster Actual: 6.74

Toe Before: 1.27
Toe Actual: 0.13


RIGHT FRONT


Camber Before: 0.72
Camber Actual: 0.65

Caster Before: 6.01
Caster Actual: 6.01

Toe Before: 1.28
Toe Actual: 0.14


FRONT

Cross Camber Before: -1.46
Cross Camber Actual -1.45

Cross Caster Before: 0.74
Cross Caster After: 0.74

Total Toe Before: 2.55
Total Toe Actual: 0.27
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Unread 12-01-2014, 07:40 PM   #5
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Per Invoice From Shop...

" Truck pulls right camber off right front positive left front is negative. Suggest all four ball joints with the uppers offset for better alignment".
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If the axle really is tweaked it would be cheaper to buy a junkyard replacement than install offset ball joints.

You should be able to run 32's with the stock backspacing and 3 1/2 lift. If you get aftermarket wheels then look for 4" backspacing.
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If the axle really is tweaked it would be cheaper to buy a junkyard replacement than install offset ball joints.

You should be able to run 32's with the stock backspacing and 3 1/2 lift. If you get aftermarket wheels then look for 4" backspacing.
Thank you Techno. 4" it is then!

Are offset balljoints spendy? Or is the installation just a pain in the a$$?
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Ive never heard of an "offset'' ball joint before
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Unread 12-01-2014, 11:12 PM   #10
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Hole-ee CRAP!
$75/PER ball joint? Thats crazy! I bet its still cheaper than what Big O would charge me. However I dont think they install outside products.
And I reallllly dont wanna go chewin up new tires as a result of not getting them.
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Unread 12-02-2014, 03:11 AM   #11
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If the axle really is tweaked it would be cheaper to buy a junkyard replacement than install offset ball joints.

You should be able to run 32's with the stock backspacing and 3 1/2 lift. If you get aftermarket wheels then look for 4" backspacing.
15X8" right?
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Unread 12-02-2014, 11:04 AM   #13
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Yeh the offset balljoints can correct for the axle being slightly bent but it would be better to get a new one and truss it.
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Unread 12-02-2014, 02:07 PM   #14
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Yeh the offset balljoints can correct for the axle being slightly bent but it would be better to get a new one and truss it.
I wish I had the time for that. I barely got the free day to throw my lift on from the mrs and 18 month old daughter lol.
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Is the shop assuming the axle is bent due to the camber being out of spec?

Or did they inspect the axle and measurements showed it was bent?
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