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Unread 02-25-2012, 10:19 AM   #1
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Troubled alignment

I noticed after I got my alignment last month that I had a bit more of a clunk than before. Actually, before, the Jeep was silent except for the swaybar bushings. When I got the alignment, the drag link started hitting the tie rod where they connect. Basically, my question is, how "off" do you think my alignment would be if I loosened the long end of my tie rod and rotated it a couple degrees to stop the drag link from hitting it? Should I do it or should I make the shop do it?

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Unread 02-27-2012, 01:06 PM   #2
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Anyone? I'm thinking about arguing with the shop then fixing it myself if they don't.
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Unread 02-27-2012, 01:18 PM   #3
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I would just take it back. If you mess with it you will void any kind of recourse you may have with their warranty.
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Unread 02-27-2012, 01:23 PM   #4
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They warranty it for a year which is why I was thinking about trying them first. Hopefully they don't notice the 3/4" spacers I've installed since the alignment. I did reset the preload on all the front control arm bushings after I did this, but I had my buddy carefully hold the cam bolts in place while I torqued the lowers on the axle side to not mess up what they did.
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Unread 02-27-2012, 02:34 PM   #5
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the shop should fix it. if it wasnt doing that before than they must fix it.
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Unread 02-27-2012, 02:44 PM   #6
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I'm going to give them a call tomorrow and see if I can get it in sometime this week.
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Unread 02-28-2012, 10:32 AM   #7
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They were able to get it in today. They're going to look at it as soon as the alignment rack clears up. I'm going to go back there and show them how the draglink is hitting the trackbar and what I mean by "hitting" since he's looking at me like I'm stupid.
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Unread 02-28-2012, 11:23 AM   #8
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Well, it turns out my clunk is from my TRE that connects the draglink to the pitman arm and from inside the steering box itself. The whole pitman wiggles as well as the shaft that comes out of the box. I guess it's a good thing I got one with a lifetime warranty on it... This will be the second time I've had to change the box since I've had the ZJ. I'm pretty sure I broke the factory one by whacking it pretty hard while I was wheeling before I had my skids. This one was just re-manufactured for crap.
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