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post #1 of 11 Old 09-22-2008, 12:51 PM Thread Starter
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just lifted, get alignment now or after tires?

just put a 2.5" RC lift + 1.25" BL on my 99 TJ

i know i need an alignment, but im also going to be going from 31's to 33's in the near future.

if i get an alignment now, do i have to get another one after putting bigger tires on?

the cheapest i can find is 80 bucks for an alignment around me. i'd hate to have to pay twice.

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post #2 of 11 Old 09-22-2008, 12:54 PM
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Align it yourself now for free using the thousands of links and tutorials available on this forum and then double check it after your new tires. 15 minutes of time in the driveway and a couple wrenches, a tape measure, and maybe some vise grips or a plumbers wrench. It's that easy.

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After lifting your jeep you may now have excess toe in.

Having too much toe-in can make your Jeep wobble especially when hitting a bump while going around a curve.

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do it now before you get your tires mounted. driving on the road out of alignment is bad news. you can do an alignment yourself or you can get it done at a reputable place. Big O i find has excellent tools for that application.

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thanks, I'm getting a computerized alignment at a local shop right now
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Cha-ching! The only adjustment needed to the front end of a solid axle rig like your Jeep is toe in-out which is covered in the link I gave you. They'll simply do the 5 minute adjustment in the link and collect 80 bucks for it. Oh well.
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you should do your own alignment it's only one measurement

your local computerized alignment shop is staffed by a pimply seventeen year-old who's busy thinking about everything else other than precise alignment

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just put a 2.5" RC lift + 1.25" BL on my 99 TJ

if i get an alignment now, do i have to get another one after putting bigger tires on?

the cheapest i can find is 80 bucks for an alignment around me. i'd hate to have to pay twice.
Did that lift kit come with adjustable control arms? If yes then a good alignment may have been a good idea to make sure all is square with the world. If the stock control arms are still on and the shop charged you $80.00 they screwed you and don't use them again. Without adjustable control arms the only thing they could have done was the toe-in adjustment and getting the steering wheel centered.

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Oh, BTW, to go from 31 to 33 no additional alingnment should be needed.

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the guy actually spent 40-50 minutes working on it, i watched him. he said it was way off.


and it actually does feel alot better.

i dont mind paying a few bucks if it comes down to saftey.


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Did that lift kit come with adjustable control arms? If yes then a good alignment may have been a good idea to make sure all is square with the world. If the stock control arms are still on and the shop charged you $80.00 they screwed you and don't use them again. Without adjustable control arms the only thing they could have done was the toe-in adjustment and getting the steering wheel centered.

I live in the suburbs, where people will charge what they want, cause they will pay it.

this guy was actually the cheapest i found, i got some quotes @ 125-150 bucks,.. this guy charged me 75.
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