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Unread 10-11-2013, 10:12 AM   #1
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alignment shop

just wondering if anybody knows of a good place to get an alignment done on a lifted jeep. had Bell tire do it last time and wasnt real impressed with there work.

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Unread 10-12-2013, 03:22 PM   #2
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I've never had an issue with Belle Tire on Westnedge. They do my Jeep on 35's and my truck. Also one of the few places that will do oversized tires around here.
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Unread 11-15-2013, 10:26 PM   #3
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Belle tire again for sure
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Unread 11-16-2013, 03:23 AM   #4
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I am not so sure about Belle Tire anymore. Last month I took the Jeep in for tire balancing after grinding some wheel weights off playing in the rocks. They made a big deal about asking me to come out to the service bay to show me a significant problem the identified...my tires were too big for the Jeep. The tires they sold me and installed. Last week they wrote me up an estimate to replace my leaking rear axle seals when I was in getting the tires rotated. But the quote referenced pinion seals, and said there was one on each side. Since I had recently wheeled it hard I drove up to Saginaw to Ironman Offroad, Dale just did a complete rebuild on that axle less than a year ago. No leaks or issues at all.

Maybe just my local store?
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Unread 11-16-2013, 10:09 AM   #5
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I am not so sure about Belle Tire anymore. Last month I took the Jeep in for tire balancing after grinding some wheel weights off playing in the rocks. They made a big deal about asking me to come out to the service bay to show me a significant problem the identified...my tires were too big for the Jeep. The tires they sold me and installed. Last week they wrote me up an estimate to replace my leaking rear axle seals when I was in getting the tires rotated. But the quote referenced pinion seals, and said there was one on each side. Since I had recently wheeled it hard I drove up to Saginaw to Ironman Offroad, Dale just did a complete rebuild on that axle less than a year ago. No leaks or issues at all.

Maybe just my local store?
I would say it's probably just your local store. I haven't met anyone that dumb around here
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Unread 11-18-2013, 11:26 AM   #6
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What are you aligning. The only adjustable alignment without replacing parts is to, and you can set that yourself. Camber can be adjusted with ball joints,but it doesn't sound like you're doing that.
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Unread 03-18-2014, 02:58 PM   #7
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To bring this back up, I just took my lifted WJ with adjustable long arms up front to the Belle Tire on Gull Rd. They wanted to charge me an extra arm and two legs (almost triple their normal price) because its lifted. Anyone know of any other decent places in Kzoo? Or any experience with the Goodyear on Westnedge? I am heading up there for them to look at it tomorrow.
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Unread 03-20-2014, 01:52 PM   #8
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Goodyear just wanted one extra arm....after they made me sit there two hours before telling me that. At firestone on westnedge right now. They are getting it done for regular price, but I had show them how to do it haha.

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Unread 03-22-2014, 04:40 PM   #9
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You can do your own alignment. Tighten your rotors down with the lugs(rims off) clamp a piece of steel preferably pre-ground about 3ft long on each rotor and measure the distance between both pieces with a tape measure. you can set caster, camber, toe.... easy way to save about $75
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Unread 03-26-2014, 10:52 AM   #10
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I do my own. Put a nail thru a board and bend it to a angle. Lift the front tires off the ground. Put the nail against the tire and spin the tire to draw a line on the tire. Repeat on the other tire. Now using this lines at measuring points, measure the front and rear. The front of the tire should be 1/16" - 1/8" narrower than the rear of the tire. I double checked myself once and had an alignment done after doing myself. The shop said the alignment was perfect.
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Unread 03-31-2014, 08:49 AM   #11
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That covers toe adjustment, but what about camber and caster on a lifted Jeep? I use the angle clamped on the rotors for toe and a mag angle finder for caster. I don't have adj. ball joints, so the camber is fixed.

The lift manufacturer generally provides alignment specs in degrees that you can measure to.
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