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Unread 11-06-2012, 09:22 AM   #1
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Question Steering wheel not straight after lift and alignment

I put a 2" coil lift on a few months back and had an alignment done afterwards.
The steering wheel is still a tiny bit crooked...could just be me being too picky

Is this just the steering wheel being not straight or is it something else..maybe a crappy alignment? I dont want the new tires to wear unevenly.

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Unread 11-06-2012, 09:55 AM   #2
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If it tracks down the road straight but the steering wheel is slightly off, all you need to do is adjust your drag link a few turns. Really easy.
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Unread 11-06-2012, 10:22 AM   #3
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This is from not adjusting your drag link (the rod that connects your pitman arm at the steering box to the passenger side steering knuckle)and will not effect tire wear. The tierod that connects your left and right steering knuckles together and determines toe-in or toe-out is critical and needs to be set correctly to prevent many unwanted issues. It does drive me nuts when my steering wheel is not centered but in most cases it's an honest oversight that the shop will correct for ya.
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Unread 11-07-2012, 01:40 PM   #4
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How easy is it to do myself? I do most work on it anyways so if its straightforward ill just do it. If its a pain I'll call the shop to ask if they'll adjust it.
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Unread 11-07-2012, 02:05 PM   #5
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Really easy. Just get the wheels absolutely straight and loosen the clamps on the drag link, then twist the bar untill your steering wheel is straights. Might need a pipe wrench.
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Unread 11-07-2012, 02:15 PM   #6
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Second that. Got my tracking laser aligned today. Was way out! So now it's perfect on the road. Got the mechanic to adjust the steering wheel which he had never done before. Just as well I knew that the bar could be used instead of the usual big nut on the steering wheel! Easy peasy......
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