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Unread 11-17-2010, 02:30 PM   #1
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Professional alignment after tie rod replacement?

Is it necessary? Replaced all 4 TR's on the WJ, set the toe in with string and a tape measure... Is it recommended to go get a true alignment?

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Unread 11-17-2010, 02:33 PM   #2
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I wouldn't bother if you are happy with the toe setting, since that is all tie rod work effects.
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I wouldn't bother if you are happy with the toe setting, since that is all tie rod work effects.
That's what I thought! Guy at the shop made me feel guilty about my alignment, but I'm comfortable with setting the toe and centering the wheel.
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Unread 11-18-2010, 06:30 AM   #4
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... Guy at the shop made me feel guilty about my alignment...
Is this guy by any chance the one that you would be paying to check the alignment? Maybe he is just upset because you aren't helping pay his bills.
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Is this guy by any chance the one that you would be paying to check the alignment? Maybe he is just upset because you aren't helping pay his bills.
No, I was in the shop because my brakes were giving me issues and I couldnt dissasemble the damn brakes because the bolts were seized... So instead of pissing myself off anymore and breaking something, I just took it in... He saw that there has been work done recently to the steering components. I told him I did the work, and he asked if I had it aligned afterwards. I told him I did my own toe-in and he gave me that guilt trip about, "you really should have the professionally done."
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Unread 12-01-2010, 07:57 PM   #6
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yeah, my neighbour (a GM mechanic if it matters) shook his head and had a chuckle as he held the tape for me to adjust my own toe in after a small lift.

I was out by a degree and would have seen some premature wear, but even he was surprised at how close I could get. I had a little too much toe in which helped rather than hindered good steering.
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