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Old 03-01-2010, 05:56 PM   #1
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Lift installed, have question

I installed my lift this weekend and have a question regarding centering the tires/axles in the wheel wells. I went with the Rough Country 4" x-series lift, so I have all 8 adjustable control arms. My wheels aren't exactly centered in the wheel wells (see pictures). Anyone have any tips to get things centered or do I just keep messing with the control arms until I get it right? I'm thinking that I just need to figure out how far from center I am and then split the measurement in half and add that amount of length to the control arms? Like if I was 1" from being centered, I'd add 1/2" in length to each of the control arms as a starting point?

Here's the before.....


and here's the after.....


Rough Country 4" X-series lift
Cragar Soft 8's
33x12.50 Mickey Thompson MTZ's

The pictures are a little crappy from cheap camera and dust in the bays. I've still got to install my SYE and driveshaft so I haven't got to drive it other than getting it back out to the parking lot. I started working on it Saturday with plans of having it all done by Sunday night, but I was on standby for work and ended up getting called out about 90 minutes after I started. The call was a few hours away, so I did not get the chance to do anymore work on Saturday. It took most of the day Sunday (minus a few other obligations) to get the rest of the lift on. I was working by myself and it took a lot longer than I expected. I'm methodical......

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Old 03-01-2010, 06:09 PM   #2
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Suspension lifts shorten the wheelbase a tad, just lengthen all of the arms an equal number of turns until they are where you want them. Don't forget that as the suspension compresses & the tires stuff up into the wheel wells that the front axle moves forward & the rear axle moves rearward.

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Old 03-01-2010, 06:20 PM   #3
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Thanks Jerry...didn't think about that. So how close to center should I be shooting for?


Also, forgot to mention in the first post, but I forgot to disconnect the diff vent line and snapped it at the diff housing while installing the lift. It looks like a plastic piece, but didn't see an easy way to remove it. Any way to replace this or do I need to rig something. Surely I can't be the first dumb*** to do this?
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I would just re-center the axles as well as you can visually. There is too much stuff in the front & rear like trackbars etc. to worry about clearance around them if you start trying to increase the wheelbase too much.

You broke the nipple that the air vent hose slips over? In the rear, it is threaded in so the remaining piece (which also holds the brake line splitter block to the axle) can be removed with a big ez-out or similar. I'm not sure if the front vent nipple is pressed or threaded in, I've never had that one out.
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Ha ha ha....so maybe I am the first dumb*** to do it. It is the plastic nipple that broke. It looks pressed in because there are no wrench flats. I'll have to look around a bit on google and see what I can find out. I didn't forget to disconnect the back one, but I did replace that brake line and had to remove the vent on the rear to get it off. It came out no problems. Thanks again
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