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Old 04-16-2013, 06:21 AM
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Alignment cams or adjustable lower control arms

I just lifted my 2005 TJ with a OME 2.5"lift and JKS 1.25" BL. It drives a little squirrelly. You really got to be paying attention to it.
I have a 1/8" toe in but have read it is a lack of enough positive caster. I am going to have it aligned but what to be sure they have way to adjust the caster. The alignment cam bolts are cheap but I heard my axle would not have slots to allow them to work. I am not crazy about idea of cutting slots. I am also concerned about the cams being knock out of adjustment or disturb if I have to unbolt to change a bushing. Is adjustable lower control arms a better way to go? Anyone have any advice or experience on this?
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I'd you do not want cam bolts, then adjustable lca's will need to be used to adjust caster.

A 2.5" lift should not have affected things that much, you didn't install a dropped Pitman arm did you?

You said toe in was good. Did you use an angle finder to measure the caster?

When you did the lift, did you loosen the control arm bolts and retorque at new ride height? Factory bushings might be binding.

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The alignment cam bolts are cheap but I heard my axle would not have slots to allow them to work. I am not crazy about idea of cutting slots.
Your mounts need to have the "horseshoe" around the slot for the lower control arm in order to use the cam bolts. Like this:



Not sure what you meant by cutting, unless for some reason your lower mounts are not slotted inside the horseshoe.

That being said, the cam bolts will only provide a small amount of caster adjustment, so if you decide to go that route make sure you can actually get enough adjustment out of them.

Adjustable lower control arms are definitely the way to go if you need to adjust caster, but it is a more expensive route. Have you been anywhere to get an alignment and find out what your current caster numbers are?
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I did not use a drop pitman arm. I did loosen all the control arm bolts an retorqued at new ride height. Someone gave me some misinformation. I do have the horseshoe pieces. I do not not know what the caster is yet. Just trying to prepare before I take it to the dealer for an alignment.
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One more dumb question, what size tires and what pressure?
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33 x 12.50 x 15". Not sure what tire pressures is currently
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Same size as mine....
I run about 27psi, seems to be comfy and handle decently.

When I first got my Jeep, had a leaky valve stem and didn't notice....pressure down low and it wandered allot before i noticed.

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