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Old 06-08-2010, 01:36 PM   #1
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Post-Lift alignment issue

So after I did the lift this weekend, I took it to a local tire place to get the computer alignment. They give it back to me, and everything seems great. Except now I can't turn right. I can veer to the right, but it takes a good 3 point turn to get into a parking spot on my right. I bring it back and tell them that my steering wheel only turns about a half a turn to the right, but the left seems fine. The fix that, but the steering wheel is now sitting at a 90 degree angle from center. They said that I need to move the track bar in order to position the wheel correctly, then they would re-align it for me.

2 questions: Does this sound right? and How do I do that? I can't find anything by searching the forums.

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Old 06-08-2010, 01:50 PM   #3
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Stop going to that alignment shop, they don't know what they are doing. But it's hard to know what they screwed up, it almost sounds like they took the Pitman arm off & reinstalled it clocked 90 degrees off. Perhaps they fixed that issue but no knowledgeable alignment person should have done that. The axle is likely now positioned a little towards the driver's side after having installed the suspension lift. Installing a suspension lift moves the axles to the side... the front axle towards the driver's side & the rear axle towards the passenger side. Adjustable length track bars are the best way to get the axles re-centered. HOWEVER, even with the front axle a tad to the side as it likely is now, it's not going to cause the steering to be screwed up as badly as yours was by the alignment shop. Plus the axle can be a tad off to the side without it causing a serious issue.

The adjustment to recenter the steering wheel is made by the short adjustment link on the drag link (see below). If the steering wheel is rotated too far to the right, the drag link is too short and needs to be lengthened. If the steering wheel is rotated too far to the left, the drag link is too long & needs to be shortened.

With a 3/4" wrench, loosen the nuts & bolts that hold the adjustment link to the drag link. Then with a big set of pliers, rotate the link to adjust the track bar's length. Rotating the link so its front goes up shortens the drag link.

It will take a few iterations to get it straight but this is one of the easier adjustments to make. Adjusting your own toe-in is nearly as easy but that's a different subject.
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Old 06-08-2010, 01:55 PM   #4
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Thank you Jerry. I was just reading the write up on 4x4explore that gives you credit too. I will definitely try this.
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And how much did you pay this alignment shop to ruin your alignment?
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Old 06-08-2010, 03:41 PM   #6
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The shop didn't ruin the alignment. When I brought it in, the wheel was in that position, but the wheels weren't aligned. Now they are, but I have to fix the steering wheel.

To answer your question - $70. and it comes with free lifetime tire rotation every 5,000 miles. Not terrible.

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