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post #1 of (permalink) Old 05-28-2003, 05:28 PM Thread Starter
 
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alignment screwage

Well, I guess I should start off by saying... THE LIFT IS ON!!!

Next, I'll tell you about my trip to get aligned. I went on monday to a firestone place (only place open on Mem. day)- first mistake. They charged $60 to check camber, caster, and toe-in and align as necessary. Well, I found out my tow in was a little off and my camber was a LONG way off. Well, to get it aligned they had to change bushings. All of this was expected going in, but then they told me how much it would be to change the bushings...$130 MORE!!!

So, long story short, I walked in expecting a $60 alignment and walked out $203 lighter.

About the lift, I have noticed a vibration in the rear. I figure pinion angle. It's enough that I can't hear my motor humming when doing 70mph in 3rd gear. Did anyone else have this problem when going 4 inches higher?
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Re: alignment screwage

yeah i got nailed for a camber bushing (1) at $60.00 extra at a local fleet garage, guess thats about average price but i wonder if its really THAT much extra work for the price [img]images/graemlins/smirk.gif[/img], its probably where they make their profit...
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Actually I started feeling better as I watched that guy try to correct the camber on that TTB. He had to replace the bushing, put the tire back on, check the alignment, then start over. He did this for about 1-1/2 hrs...then he went to the other tire! I know now that I would rather have paid the extra dough than to do that myself.
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Check your pinion angle in the rear, if its off and the driveline is binding a little bit, youre gonna wear out those ujoints REAL quick [img]images/graemlins/crazy.gif[/img]
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Re: alignment screwage

You did install the 4" TTB drop down brackets right?

It could have still been off, and camber bushings necessary. Too bad you didn't buy those and do yourself. It really isn't that hard. What is hard is getting toe right on the TTB. And, even when right, my passenger front tire still is wearing a bit oddly.

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Re: alignment screwage

If you put blocks in the rear did you re-use the factory blocks?I've heard of people having pinion angle issues without re-using the original blocks.

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I do hioe this experience shows you that you would have a had a real hard time opening that 4wd shop that you where discussing.
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Re: alignment screwage

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And, even when right, my passenger front tire still is wearing a bit oddly.

You know, I've been thinking about that situation for some time.
Ever notice that the engine sits about ~2-3" off-center towards the passenger side? [img]images/graemlins/crazy.gif[/img] [img]images/graemlins/shocked.gif[/img]
I wonder if that weight shift causes the accelerated wear?

And, something I've been going to mention since you got your new MT/R's.
Rotate them puppies every oil change, or 3,000-4,000 miles.
As "sticky" as they are, the fronts will "feather" pretty easily under braking,
causing the lugs to be "wedge" shaped in profile vs square.
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ummmmmmm, possibly WD, but I think it more likely that the way the TTB beams are designed (longer side to the passenger) is the culprit.
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but I think it more likely that the way the TTB beams are designed (longer side to the passenger)
Actually, that should help the situation.
The longer arm means less camber change throughout it's travel.
Hmmmm.
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