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Unread 07-29-2005, 05:12 PM   #1
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Uneven tire wear

Installed a 4 lift about three months ago got the front end aligned when I finished the lift. About a month after that I installed a new track bar. Now I have noticed that my two front tires have warn a lot more then my two back tires. I have been on these new tires for about 3,500 miles. The two front tires just look like there are more miles on them then there really is. What should I do? Should i take it to get an alignment again or is there another problem.

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Unread 07-29-2005, 05:17 PM   #2
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The toe-in was not set properly or perhaps the tie-rod got bent afterwards. Have the toe-in checked and adjusted again.

Or better yet, set the toe-in yourself for free in 10-15 minutes just as accurately as the alignment shop would do. Set it to 1/8" per the easy instructions at http://www.4x4xplor.com/alignment.html using just a big set of pliers, steel tape measure (a friend to help will be useful) and a single socket wrench. This is not technical nor difficult, the average guy can set it very accurately with just a bit of care.
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Thanks for the help i am going to do an oil change tomorrow so i will get my buddy to help me with the toe-in adjusments.
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Installed a 4 lift about three months ago got the front end aligned when I finished the lift. About a month after that I installed a new track bar. Now I have noticed that my two front tires have warn a lot more then my two back tires. I have been on these new tires for about 3,500 miles. The two front tires just look like there are more miles on them then there really is. What should I do? Should i take it to get an alignment again or is there another problem.
I just noticed mine is doing the same thing.
I don't even have 5000 miles on the Jeep. The dealer had the lift done and it was supposed to be an RE Super 4.5 with 3.5" springs, but they screwed up and installed the regular 3.5 with no adjustable uppers.

Anyway, when I look at the Jeep from the front, it looks like the tires are splayed out at the bottom (negative camber?). Makes me wonder if I need some adjustable upper control arms to rotate the tires a bit.

Any ideas on this?

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If you have a camber problem with 5000 miles on your Jeep, the dealer owes you a new front axle housing. The camber is non-adjustable and will only be off if there's something bent or broken. You should not have to have anything adjustable put in to fix it.

Adjustable LOWER control arms will change the CASTER, not the camber. Adjustable ball joints do that.
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If you have a camber problem with 5000 miles on your Jeep, the dealer owes you a new front axle housing. The camber is non-adjustable and will only be off if there's something bent or broken. You should not have to have anything adjustable put in to fix it.

Adjustable LOWER control arms will change the CASTER, not the camber. Adjustable ball joints do that.
Thanks, I was mistaken on what the control arms effect and you are correct.
It still looks like the camber is off, but it could just be my tired eyes.
I'm gonna take it by my local tire shop in the morning and see what they have to say.
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just got back from my buddies tire shop.

The toe-in was way off. This means that the folks(4W Parts) that installed my lift didn't do the alignment, like they were supposed to do.

Also the camber is off on one of the front wheels. Since this is not adjustable, it looks like my Jeep may be headed back to the dealer for some warranty work.

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