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Old 10-04-2013, 09:06 PM   #1
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Wheel alightment? Please answer.

So I just got a lift on my truck and picked it up Thursday, drove it to work and back, nothing seemed to be wrong. But when I was installing my running boards I noticed they didn't bolt down the shock, so I did my self. Does that affect the wheel alightment???

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Old 10-04-2013, 09:14 PM   #2
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So I just got a lift on my truck and picked it up Thursday, drove it to work and back, nothing seemed to be wrong. But when I was installing my running boards I noticed they didn't bolt down the shock, so I did my self. Does that affect the wheel alightment???
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Old 10-04-2013, 09:18 PM   #3
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thanks for the info
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I would go ovr every bolt and nut they touched to make sure they are torqued to specs. You could end up in a scary situation if they missed an important bolt.
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Old 10-05-2013, 08:32 AM   #5
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I would go ovr every bolt and nut they touched to make sure they are torqued to specs. You could end up in a scary situation if they missed an important bolt.
x2 THATS TERRIFYING! I would be raising cain if i picked up my jeep and found things not connected.
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Old 10-06-2013, 03:51 PM   #6
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I'm going back in on sat, the alightment is off, it drives straight but the steering wheel is to the left a bit
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Old 10-06-2013, 04:00 PM   #7
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What kind and how high of a lift?
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Old 10-06-2013, 06:19 PM   #8
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I'm going back in on sat, the alightment is off, it drives straight but the steering wheel is to the left a bit
The steering wheel is easily straightened with only a 3/4" wrench and a big pair of pliers in a few minutes.

That the steering wheel is clocked to the left to go straight means your Drag Link (see photo below) is a tad too long and pushing the steering a little to far towards the passenger side.

Using a 3/4" wrench, loosen the two nuts & bolts on the clamps that hold the drag link's short (6" or so) length adjustment link. Using pliers to rotate the adjustment link so the front of the adjustment link moves upward will slightly shorten the drag link to move your steering wheel clockwise. Test drive it & adjust the link either way it needs to go to do the final centering of the steering wheel. This only takes minutes & will not affect your toe-in, caster angle, or camber angle. Securely retighten those two nuts & bolts to clamp the link back into place so it can't move.

Actually, the only other thing that is part of the front-end's alignment is the front axle's toe-in which is nearly as easy to do... and very easy to get it as accurate as the latest laser-guided whizbang alignment rack can get it.

Here's a writeup on doing both, setting the toe-in and straightening the steering wheel. Basic Jeep Front End Alignment
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Wow, thanks for the great advice ! I'm gonna jump on it after work tomorrow!!!

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