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Unread 11-07-2013, 10:44 AM   #27001
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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!!!
To clarify, a local shop charges up to $400 to do a full alignment on heavily modified vehicles, which they guarantee for life. I probably wouldn't take my Jeep in after a budget boost for that, but I can't speak to everybody, and it's certainly a possibility that somebody would spend their money that way.

None of the dinky $50 big-box alignment shops could dial in my alignment if I wanted them to. Better to just know what steering angles are and get it basic yourself at that rate. You'll be doing a better job than the dillweeds at NTB or Pepboys and it won't cost you anything.

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Unread 11-07-2013, 10:46 AM   #27002
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You're very lucky about the CL deal... And if you didn't get those springs free, that would have been costing you a lot more, plus stock 5.9 springs aren't giving a 5.2 4" lift in the rear I bet.
I doubt it too since I got 3.5" of lift from front UC coils in the rear on my 95.
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Unread 11-07-2013, 12:18 PM   #27003
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when you guys swap out radios, do you usually disconnect the battery?

i'm going to replace mine this weekend, install kit on the way, and wanted to see what you guys do...
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Unread 11-07-2013, 12:21 PM   #27004
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To clarify, a local shop charges up to $400 to do a full alignment on heavily modified vehicles, which they guarantee for life. I probably wouldn't take my Jeep in after a budget boost for that, but I can't speak to everybody, and it's certainly a possibility that somebody would spend their money that way.

None of the dinky $50 big-box alignment shops could dial in my alignment if I wanted them to. Better to just know what steering angles are and get it basic yourself at that rate. You'll be doing a better job than the dillweeds at NTB or Pepboys and it won't cost you anything.
angle finder and a tape measurer are all you need to align pretty much any solid axle vehicle. I never took mine for an alignment after the first(inexperience).
set caster(angle finder),
set toein (tape),
straighten steering wheel(common sense).
drink beer(sammich optional)

that being said, ill probably have a local shop put mine on the 4 wheel alignment machine just because i re-engineered/built everything from the floorpan down on mine so my thrust angle could be off a hair or something.
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Unread 11-07-2013, 12:23 PM   #27005
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when you guys swap out radios, do you usually disconnect the battery?

i'm going to replace mine this weekend, install kit on the way, and wanted to see what you guys do...
I disconnect the battery whenever I'm messing with something electrical. Better safe than sorry

OT: I had to redo the drivers side pillar mount for my light to keep the mounting bolt of the light from touching the windshield. They ain't the prettiest things in the world but I can't complain for having $7 and a couple hours work in them
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Unread 11-07-2013, 12:28 PM   #27006
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I disconnect the battery whenever I'm messing with something electrical. Better safe than sorry

OT: I had to redo the drivers side pillar mount for my light to keep the mounting bolt of the light from touching the windshield. They ain't the prettiest things in the world but I can't complain for having $7 and a couple hours work in them
right, better safe then sorry .... and is what i will do
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Unread 11-07-2013, 12:31 PM   #27007
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I finally got around to taking my front driveshaft to a shop to have them lengthen it and balance it(4'' lift+46rh tranny=every u joint junkyard shaft about 3'' too short) Gotta pick it up Tuesday. It will be nice to have 4 wheel drive back for winter. And mud...

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Unread 11-07-2013, 12:54 PM   #27008
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To clarify, a local shop charges up to $400 to do a full alignment on heavily modified vehicles, which they guarantee for life. I probably wouldn't take my Jeep in after a budget boost for that, but I can't speak to everybody, and it's certainly a possibility that somebody would spend their money that way.

None of the dinky $50 big-box alignment shops could dial in my alignment if I wanted them to. Better to just know what steering angles are and get it basic yourself at that rate. You'll be doing a better job than the dillweeds at NTB or Pepboys and it won't cost you anything.
My shop does them for $50, even when it's got highly modified suspension. There's no "lifetime guarantee" I'm not even sure what that would mean... But it's guaranteed to be correct.
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Unread 11-07-2013, 02:30 PM   #27009
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[QUOTE=speedbucket;17517185
set caster(angle finder),
set toein (tape),
straighten steering wheel(common sense).
drink beer(sammich optional)
[/QUOTE]

Hey, my repair manual reads like that too, only your step 4 is my step 1!!
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Unread 11-07-2013, 02:38 PM   #27010
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Started packing today, plan on taking a weekend southern trip to visit family in Houston,TX. Going to stop by Sam Houston National Forest, and Huntsville State Park and it might just involve the ZJ, Anyone, near want to meet me down there, PM me...
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Unread 11-07-2013, 02:50 PM   #27011
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You're very lucky about the CL deal... And if you didn't get those springs free, that would have been costing you a lot more, plus stock 5.9 springs aren't giving a 5.2 4" lift in the rear I bet.
Measured before and after, 4" on the money with the 5.9 front coils in the back. As for front coils, yes i got a deal from a good friend. Even so used 4" coils are worth 50-60 bucks so not much more of an investment. Craigslist is there for everyone, you just have to look.
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Unread 11-07-2013, 03:50 PM   #27012
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Went all over the valley looking for a filter that would work for a cowl snorkel as I needed to delete the stock airbox. Couldn't find anything that wasn't a 6" diameter base. Gave up and did this instead.
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Relocated the charcoal canister and now it looks like this.
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Unread 11-07-2013, 03:54 PM   #27013
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Put the Jeep in the shop today to get Line-X'd!
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Unread 11-07-2013, 04:30 PM   #27014
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Unread 11-07-2013, 06:30 PM   #27015
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Looks like a PT Cruiser on 22"s lol
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