Originally Posted by SchizophrenicMC
I've seen professional alignments run $300-400.
Called around just out of curiosity, Porsche and Mercedes dealers in Maine(most expensive shops I could think of) charge $100 for a 4 wheel alignment that they will guarantee for a year!!!
Amazing, since the roads in Maine are beat to hell and can tweak your alignment with your first pothole impact!
Jeep/Chrysler dealer charges 1 hour labor($85) for a 4 wheel alignment.(no guarantee)
Local shops range from $70 to $80 for a 4 wheel alignment.(no guarantee)
For a ZJ(stock, or lifted with fixed length control arms), where the only alignment adjustments are Caster and Toe in/Toe out, an alignment should be no more than $50!!!
If a "professional" is charging $300 to $400 for an alignment, they had best be ready to guarantee that alignment FOR LIFE
, and throw in a steak dinner at a top end restaurant!!!
With the exception of a lifted ZJ with 8 adjustable control arms, there is no need for anything more than a $50 FRONT END alignment on a ZJ!!!
Did mine in the driveway with a digital angle gauge($30, bought just for setting Caster) and a tape measure(Toe in/Toe out).
20 minutes total adjustment time, and my alignments are free for the rest of my life, since I now own an angle gauge.