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Unread 05-08-2011, 01:17 AM   #1
MikeeN
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Tire Wear

Ok so after i got my lift i got an alignment done at firestone. When they did my alignment there was something they said they couldnt adjust on my passenger side and it stayed in the red. Im not sure what it was due to my losing my print out. But recently i noticed i have a little uneven tread wear on the out tread block on both my front tires. Is this due to my alignment or bad front shock because mine started makin a very loud squeaking sound not too long ago. But i was going to go get another alignment at 4wheel Parts this time, but if its not my alignment i was going to use the extra cash on some new shocks.

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Unread 05-08-2011, 07:22 AM   #2
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Seriously? This has been brought up in probably 3 threads in the past week.
1. You don't need an alignment after you lift a WJ.
2. Shocks don't do **** with an alignment.
3. The ONLY THING ADJUSTABLE IS "TOE".
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Unread 05-08-2011, 11:48 AM   #3
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1. Your alignment can be tweaked if you have adjustable control arms or a track bar and don't spit stuff like you don't need an alignment because that's bs if this has been posted a million times you would realize that's an incorrect statement. And thanks for stating the obvious about toe but your tow can be thrown off causing uneven tread wear try searching all these so called threads out there you talk about. Seems like i search more than you bud.
2. Where did you ever read shocks have something to do with alignment.
3. The time it took you to reply with absolutely zero help or strait up no point to your three sentences you could of just clicked the back button and continued on.
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Unread 05-09-2011, 12:04 AM   #4
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Has your rig EVER been in an accident, off roaded, hit a curb? Could be a bent control arm, frame, or other. The front suspension is only adjustable to a point. A component might be faulty, bent, etc. A shock won't affect alignment. But still, if its squeaking then its time to replace.

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Unread 05-09-2011, 12:16 AM   #5
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With the 2.5" lift he got, he probably didn't get an adjustable track bar. Even so, he wouldn't need an alignment, just adjust the drag link to recenter the steering wheel.

The toe will always be unaffected by a lift because the tie rod, axle, and knuckles all stay in the same orientation with respect to each other.

Wear on the outer edge of the tires is normal for the front end of a WJ, but could also indicate too much toe-in or too much positive camber (bent axle?).

OP, I would call up the Firestone where it was done and ask them to check their records for why it wasn't aligned out to spec and then we can go from there.
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Unread 05-09-2011, 01:14 AM   #6
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What i was saying is ive read several things where bad shocks can mess up tire wear but i did hit a curb not to long ago in the snow but it wasnt very hard. Yeah thanks bilz ill get on that tomorrow. But yes i was in a side collision like 2 years back but the shopfixed everything atleast they said they did. My whole question was is another alignment worth it if i have a little bit of uneven tire wear?
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Unread 05-09-2011, 01:53 AM   #7
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Just out of curiosity what does your shop charge for an alignment? Because here its 35 plus tax for my Jeep and I take it in every two years just for peace of mind at that kind of price.
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Unread 05-09-2011, 02:10 AM   #8
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jeez firestone was 75 and 4wheel parts wants 60! I need to find a shop for 35 around here haha
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Unread 05-09-2011, 02:21 AM   #9
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This place has the newest Machine in Northeast Wisconsin. It's only two years old. They replace it every 3, and for the past 10 years I've lived up here its been 35 plus tax

Dealers bring their vehicles to this shop from 30-40 miles away because most of the machines locally are 5-8 years old, and they make so much money off of their's they can afford a new one every 3 years. And still make a bundle on it
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Unread 05-09-2011, 02:24 AM   #10
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ill have to shop around and look for a place like that here in the denver area everyone around here is 60+ and offroad shops tend to run even more!
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Unread 05-09-2011, 02:32 AM   #11
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I would if it was me. Even in the Chicago area where I used to live, the most I've paid down there was 50.
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