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post #1 of (permalink) Old 03-01-2004, 03:58 PM
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Castor shims

Need to shim up the front axle on my CJ7 to correct my alignment. Where's the best place to get shims?
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Re: Castor shims

I don't know the "Best" place but I got mine from Napa (on-line). Any good parts house (not Kragen, Auto Zone, etc) or alignment shop should have them. Most carry the alum but I've heard there are also steel ones available. Seen some folks make their own.
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Re: Castor shims

A lot of guys will recommend not shimming the front axle because of their tendency to work themselves out over time. If you're going to do it, I think you should probably try to find steel shims vs aluminum. The aluminum's just too soft and wears quickly - I'm sure someone can post pics of an aluminum shim gone bad.
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Re: Castor shims

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A lot of guys will recommend not shimming the front axle because of their tendency to work themselves out over time.

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Lift blocks have that reputation, I haven't heard that about shims. They are usually thin enough that the spring center bolt sticks well past them. The one thing to avoid is aluminum shims. Only use steel shims. I had these aluminum shims in for about 10-11 months and this is what they looked like.



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Re: Castor shims

Yes it can and will work, just use steel.

The point of front blocks spitting out is valid, but that is typically with a lift block, not witha properly installed shim with a new proper centering pin.

Also valid is the aluminum shim concern. Use Steel ONLY.

I found this guy in my search for the same thing a whilo back. Here's the link:

http://www.4crawler.com/4x4/ForSale/Shims.shtml
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