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post #1 of (permalink) Old 01-21-2003, 09:10 PM
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TTB Alignment Question

Okay, I know TTB and Alignment do not go together, but here goes. I installed Explorer Pro Comp 2.5" lift springs in front and, of course, \ / was the fringe benefit of my efforts. My question is...drum roll please...can my positive camber be corrected (typically) with alignment bushings, or do I have to install Axle Pivot drop brackets to correct this. The vehicle in question is a 96 Bronco XLT. One follow up question, do any of you know a decent 4WD alignment shop in the New England Seacoast area (spending part time in Portsmouth, NH and home in Groton, Ct)

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post #2 of (permalink) Old 01-21-2003, 10:16 PM
 
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Welcome to the board Tom. I think that getting the drop brackets would definately help you some but maybe not entireley. Alot of guys on this board have done the short/ leveling lifts and have managed to get some good results. I don't think you can go wrong with the drop brackets though even if it doesn't entirely fix the alignment issue. Here's a post that I did a little while back that might have some additional information that might be helpfull: Lift/Alignment issues
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You should be able to correct the camber with just the bushings. You will have to buy some but they are not that expensive. Can't help you with a place to take it though.
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post #4 of (permalink) Old 01-22-2003, 09:34 AM
 
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Re: TTB Alignment Question

The Axle Pivot drops AND alignment bushings are mandatory for your setup. Alignment bushings alone will not correct your situation without the brackets.

I have 2.5" lift coils, drop brackets, and bushings on my '96 and it will align (camber), though I can't get as much positive caster as I want until I build my radius arms.

Good luck.
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Re: TTB Alignment Question

I think I'm more in agreement with BurntP here. I think the alignment bushings will only manage to about 1.5" of lift, beyond that you really need the drop brackets, including the drops for the radius arms most likely.
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Re: TTB Alignment Question

I went from 2 to 4 to 6 inches of coil lift in the front. I was able to align with two inch springs and a caster/camber bushing from NAPA auto parts. Yes caster and camber. When I went too 4 inch coils I needed the drop down brackets. The Caster/camber bushings where about $50 a piece but allowed for several adjustment positions as I have gone higher and as the coils settled.
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Re: TTB Alignment Question

I didn't know anyone made 2" springs for the Bronco.

The "leveling coils" are 1.5" max lift-from-stock and are made to work without axle drop brackets. As far as I know, the next size over-the-counter coil is a 2.5" lift-from-stock and they are designed to use with drop brackets.

You can probably get satisfactory alignment with 2" lift springs and the bushings, but mine looks like the axles would be at a pretty nasty angle without the drop brackets.
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Yes, <font color="blue"> Blown </font color> - do tell where you found some 2" coils ... I'd love to get my truck sitting level, but am leary about the 1" coils, as I figure they'll settle out over time &amp; I'm not entirely sure they're enough to begin with. All this talk about drop brackets for the TTB pivots with a mere 2" coil has me a little depressed. Seems like adding a drop bracket (in most cases) would be like adding a weak link to the chain ...

I sure don't wanna lose any ground clearance, but am just about decided that losing the stock 2" rear blocks is how I'll end up levelling things out!
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OK, I bought my first set of coils about 8 years ago through JC Whitney. They still sell them and claim 1 1/2 - 2 inches of lift. Go to http://JCWhitney.com click on ford, then bronco, then springs, $165. Read carefully they are stiffer than stock.
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