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Old 09-23-2010, 11:45 PM   #1
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Alignment Issue?

I just bought a set of 31x10.50 r15's goodyear wrangler duratracs for my 05 wrangler and I love them but I have only put about 150 miles on them and the 2 front tires are seeming to "feather" up a little just in the center. If I run my hand over the other 2 they are smooth. Could it be the alignment? I did not have it aligned when I bought the tires.

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Old 09-24-2010, 10:53 AM   #2
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Any Ideas before I take it up to sears to have an alignment done?

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Old 09-24-2010, 11:10 AM   #3
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check your tire pressure...I have found a LOT Of jeepers that think they should be running 35#...or even higher...all you need is 28 to 30#, no more. Otherwise you are running on the center tread...and that causes unneccessary wear.
And it wouldn't hurt to have the alignment checked, all the ball joints, hub bearing, etc.-just the weight of the tires is enough that you may not notice the wear in them and can't find it manually. Need to get the tire and rim weight off them to check properly. My rubicon was fine, I thought, no wear we noticed on new Crushers...and now it's in the shop waiting for all new tie rod ends, ball joints, and control arm bushings...only a couple thousand miles since the lift was put in and everything already shot!
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Old 09-24-2010, 11:38 AM   #4
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set the toe to spec...its worthwhile to check it anyway.

its best to check your toe yearly (although this might be excessive, its a great preventative maintenance).

you can check your toe in your driveway if you are so inclined.

if you pay someone, at least get a printout with your before and after specs.

and yes check the tire pressure.
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Old 09-24-2010, 12:06 PM   #5
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The first thing you have to guess with that problem is that your toe-in is off. Don't delay getting that checked and set properly or you're going to ruin those tires in short order. Check the tire pressure too of course, 30-31 psi is about right, no higher than that.

You can EASILY check and set your own toe-in. Done with just minimal care, your toe-in results will be just as accurate as what the latest laser guided whiz-bang alignment rack can produce. Really.

All you need to set your toe-in is a tape measure, wrench, and a big set of pliers or a pipe wrench to turn the tie-rod until the toe-in is where you want it. What you want is for the tires to be 1/16" to 1/8" closer to each other in front than they are in the rear.

Here's how to do it... Basic Jeep Front End Alignment

A more repeatable way of measuring, instead of holding the tape measure between the tires, is as shown below. Those are simply pieces of 1" square aluminum tubing with marks on them equal to your tire diameter.
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