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Old 04-17-2007, 12:28 PM   #1
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I finished my lift. Now I need to get the alignment done. I call the local Goodyear shop because is very close to my house. The guy asked what I had and when I told him BFGs, he said that the BFG ATs had a lip that covered the edge of the wheel. He said that is was really good unless you needed to do an alignment because that they might not be able to clap their equipment onto the wheel. I'ld have to bring it in for them to look at it first to know if they can align it.

Does that sound right. I know there is a lip on the tire, but don't have any experience with alignments. Why are they attaching something to the wheel?

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i made it with a friend. here is a good write up:
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Old 04-17-2007, 12:47 PM   #3
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i made it with a friend. here is a good write up:
Basic Jeep Front End Alignment
As nicolas-eric suggested, do your own toe-in... especially since that is likely all that is needed. The directions on that website are all you need to do your own toe-in in ten minutes. Trust me that with a minimal amount of care, you can set your own toe-in just as accurately as the alignment shop can. All you need is a tape measure and a wrench, I've been doing my own toe-in for 7-8 years now and the few times it was checked by a shop, it was right on. Set your own to between 1/16" and 1/8", it's easy and it'll turn out accurately with that minimal amount of care I already mentioned.

The camber angle is not adjustable on your TJ and the caster angle is likely fine too unless the suspension lift had adjustable length arms. Even then, the caster angle is likely fine if your steering has good return-to-center, the caster angle is not critical like the toe-in is.
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Thanks for the info. It seems easy enough. The problem I have is that it is easier to pay someone to do it than it is to get someone to help.
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Thanks for the info. It seems easy enough. The problem I have is that it is easier to pay someone to do it than it is to get someone to help.
I often do mine without help, though someone there to hold the far end of the tape measure sure makes it easier.
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Good tool for this is a carpenters rule (ya know, the wooden folding rulers) they have a slide the adjusts out for fine inside measurements, and will hold themselves up. (By fine, I mean within 1/32)(not micrometer fine)
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I have used a collapsible spring loaded shower curtain rod before
put it in front and mark where the two pieces meet then put it in the rear and measure from the mark to the edge of tube, and if the mark is not showing you are toed out.
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I have used a collapsible spring loaded shower curtain rod before
put it in front and mark where the two pieces meet then put it in the rear and measure from the mark to the edge of tube, and if the mark is not showing you are toed out.
Pretty cool idea. You could also set your toe-in perfectly and then place a permanent mark on it and then just dial it in until it hits the mark the next time and not even have to measure the back distance again.

You're gonna have to buy the wife a new shower rod though, they hate it when we use stuff like that out in the garage and then try to put it back with black fingerprints all over it.
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I wouldn't have a problem with a junked up shower rod.

Setting the toe-in was easy. I used a sharpie instead of spray paint however. Get a nice new one to draw the line.
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Good idea. I think I've got a some PVC pipe I can use.
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Old 04-17-2007, 11:27 PM   #11
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I got it to 1/16 toe-in but it may have slipped to around 1/8 when I was tightening the claps back. How bad would it be if it is closer to 3/16 than 1/8 toe-in?
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3/16" should be close enough. Just keep a close eye out fpr unusual tire wear you would anyway.

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