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Unread 09-27-2011, 09:03 PM   #1
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Can it Really be a Bent Front Axle Housing?

So the other day, when I went to get my new MTR's mounted and an alignment done (I have lifetime free at Firestone) after I added 1" spacers, the tech told me I most likely have a bent housing due to the camber being off by -1.3* passenger and -.96* driver's. Making the tops of the tires viewed straight on like this: / \

I've been researching this for the last few days, and I think they didn't check everything out as they should. When I bought it last year, the tires had over 30k mi. and no abnormal wear. I had an alignment check at the same place a year ago when I got some replacement 265's and checked out fine then. I have babied it the few times I wheeled it, never was never in a crash or jumped it. They swear they checked ball joints, but I'm thinking that's the problem.

So, how can I get it checked for trueness? Or, should I just go ahead and get the ball joints and see how it is 1st before proceeding?

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Unread 09-27-2011, 09:05 PM   #2
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do the balls first and see if that takes care of it. it is possible yes but i have heard of axles coming from the factory worse than this.
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Unread 09-27-2011, 09:07 PM   #3
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Get a straight edge and check it
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Unread 09-27-2011, 09:15 PM   #4
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Get a straight edge and check it
I've done this already with a 2ft metal carpenter's square.......... and from housing to knuckles, there's no noticeable bends that I can tell.
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Unread 09-27-2011, 09:19 PM   #5
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Could be the wheel bearings also, check for play in the ball joints and wheel bearing
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Unread 09-27-2011, 11:34 PM   #6
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Could be the wheel bearings also, check for play in the ball joints and wheel bearing

Good idea, and for some reason, one I didn't think about.......I'll personally put stands under the axle, taking the weight off these components, and see if there's any play in the ball joints and uni-bearing/hubs.
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