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Unread 12-13-2014, 02:59 AM   #1
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Alignment Report for the squirrel... did I get ripped off?

A while back I had an actual shop do my alignment. In which I thought would start to help me solve the wandering on highway speeds.

Looking back at the sheet and a few hours of research later I found out this shop had not set the caster even close to what it needed to be. Even my toe was in way to much.. once again probably should have read over the sheet before I left, but I was in a hurry. Here are the specs of what they gave me:

Caster - Initial: L3.41 R3.79 Final: L3.85 R4.15
My final caster for each side wasn't even close to the same. As I have read the factory is 7 degrees. As for my set up with 33s and 5.5" of lift I should be shooting for 5-5.5 degrees of caster.

Toe - Initial: L3.84 R-.79 Final: L-0.60 R0.61
Which in turn means my left front has tow out and the right has tow in?
Their total on my sheet came to 0.01 degrees...

From my knowledge camber CAN NOT be changed on the wranglers and if the information I have been given is correct.. well.. this shop is a wizard and changed my camber.

If someone can tell me if what I have learned from my searches is correct I need to go back and have them reset my caster to about 5.0 degrees and put BOTH tires to tow in at or around 1/8th of an inch correct?

This is the link I have learned my information from: http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f9/en...g-read-663777/

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Unread 12-13-2014, 05:29 AM   #2
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Sounds like they don't really know what they are doing, or just throwing BS.

I wouldn't place much confidence in them,but my understanding is that larger tires (deeper sidewalls) would require somewhat more toe in because of larger slip angle.
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Unread 12-13-2014, 08:39 AM   #4
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What does your pinion angle look like in the front? With your 5.5" lift and lp30, compromises must be made between caster and pinion angle.

As for the toe measurement, dont worry about each side, just means your steering wheel is not perfectly centered, but i would like to see the .01 be -.01.
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Unread 12-13-2014, 09:17 AM   #5
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In my experience most of the run of the mill tire, alignment shops are pretty clueless when it comes to solid axle 4 wheel drives. Or mounted and balancing large mud terrain type tires. Your best bet would be to take it to a specialty shop like 4 Wheel Parts if you want it set up correctly.
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