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Unread 02-10-2016, 11:04 AM   #1
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TJ Tire Wear....

OK So before I bought new tires I installed my Mopar Rock Crawler Front Bumper, A Harbor Freight 12K winch then I replaced all of the tie rods and went to a well rated shop to get an alignment, They lined it all up and now 5000 miles later I am starting to get some "feathering" on my front tires. the Jeep is still running straight and smooth on the road but I am concerned that my front springs and shocks are now sagging and causing wear from the weight added to the front. (noticeably lower in the front now approx. 1"), is this possible?
any suggestions, i do plan to lift it this coming summer but until then...

2004 TJ Rubicon Stock size tires
192000 miles

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Unread 02-10-2016, 11:11 AM   #2
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Is the feathering to the inside or outside of the tread blocks? That'll tell you if it's a toe in/out problem. With that many miles I'd suspect maybe ball joints? Do you know how many miles on those? The alignment shop should've caught that if they were going bad, but you never know. They might not have lifted the front off the ground to check them.
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Sagging doesn't affect the alignment.
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Sagging doesn't affect the alignment.
Net lift height doesn't change toe with inverted Y steering?
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Why not just get some measurement tools, find a level surface and check the alignment yourself.

The tools I use are the Wayne Mitchell Engineering Camber / Caster Gauge and the Manco Wheel Alignment Gauge.

There is one level spot in my driveway and I mark the ±20° and straight ahead on the ground, then measure, then adjust as-required.

It is not as easy as tossing someone the keys, but I know exactly how the wheels are set when I'm done.




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Net lift height doesn't change toe with inverted Y steering?
I've never had to re-align my front toe after adding a winch,heavy bumper or riding fat girls around town. Only had to after adding more lift.
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I've never had to re-align my front toe after adding a winch,heavy bumper or riding fat girls around town. Only had to after adding more lift.
Added weight to the front of the TJ requires toe alignment to compensate for the suspension with the inverted "Y" steering setup...
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Added weight to the front of the TJ requires toe alignment to compensate for the suspension with the inverted "Y" steering setup...
Good to know.
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thanks for the responses,
the tires are feathering on a angle towards the inside, the drivers side is worse than passenger.
I used a good shop that does a lot of plow trucks etc... they say the ball joints were good and within the spec. i believe its the sagging because i only have about 1"
of travel before hitting the bumpstops, which happens all the time here in michigan with the really bad roads. so i am going to have to replace at least the springs and shocks soon. and i will get a realignment again .
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thanks for the responses,
the tires are feathering on a angle towards the inside, the drivers side is worse than passenger.
I used a good shop that does a lot of plow trucks etc... they say the ball joints were good and within the spec. i believe its the sagging because i only have about 1"
of travel before hitting the bumpstops, which happens all the time here in michigan with the really bad roads. so i am going to have to replace at least the springs and shocks soon. and i will get a realignment again .
Is your RC 4" lift with adjustable control arms or fixed arms? The toe is the only thing that can be adjusted with fixed arms and it takes 10 minutes to DIY.

http://www.4x4xplor.com/alignment.html
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