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Old 01-23-2011, 11:39 PM
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Horrible front alignment...

Okay so been noticing lately both my wheels are kinda pointing outwards.... Probably not good. I don't know if you can tell in the picture but I just don't wanna mess something up. My jeep pulls left and my steering wheel shakes when I drive. Should I get it aligned at 4wheelparts or something? Or whats your advice.

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Old 01-23-2011, 11:41 PM   #2
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They should point out a little bit, but very little. If you feel uncomfortable making these kinds of changes, I'd take it somewhere to get it aligned.

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They should point out a little bit, but very little. If you feel uncomfortable making these kinds of changes, I'd take it somewhere to get it aligned.
Alright thanks for the input. All my friends agree my wheels are a bit off... So I know it's not my paranoia that I usually have about my jeep. Hahah

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I got the same paranoia... im not sure what to do either. Is your sterring wheel off a little to the left or right when going straight?
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I thought they were supposed to point IN a little?

Either way... if you're getting some shakes, it can't hurt to at least check your alignment on your own. Very simple to do.

http://www.4x4xplor.com/alignment.html
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IN or OUT - whatever. Sorry.
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Old 01-24-2011, 12:15 AM
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I got the same paranoia... im not sure what to do either. Is your sterring wheel off a little to the left or right when going straight?
I don't think so. All I know is if I let go it turns left

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I thought they were supposed to point IN a little?

Either way... if you're getting some shakes, it can't hurt to at least check your alignment on your own. Very simple to do.

http://www.4x4xplor.com/alignment.html
Thanks for the link!

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They are supposed to point in slightly at the front, where the fronts of the tires are 1/16" to 1/8" closer in front than in the rear.

Here's how to do your own alignment... toe-in and straighten your steering wheel... with nothing more than a wrench, tape measure, and some big pliers. Basic Jeep Front End Alignment and with just a little care, your toe-in will be every bit as accurate as what the latest whiz-bang laser guided alignment rack can produce.

And for an even more accure/repeatable way to measure/set your toe-in, buy a pair of 1" square aluminum or steel tubes, mark them at points equal to your tire diameter, and measure between them as shown.
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They are supposed to point in slightly at the front, where the fronts of the tires are 1/16" to 1/8" closer in front than in the rear.

Here's how to do your own alignment... toe-in and straighten your steering wheel... with nothing more than a wrench, tape measure, and some big pliers. Basic Jeep Front End Alignment and with just a little care, your toe-in will be every bit as accurate as what the latest whiz-bang laser guided alignment rack can produce.

And for an even more accure/repeatable way to measure/set your toe-in, buy a pair of 1" square aluminum or steel tubes, mark them at points equal to your tire diameter, and measure between them as shown.
I will try that thanks for the info.

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I use Jerry's trick with the square aluminum tubes and it works great. It allows you to be perfectly accurate, vs. trying to measure using spots on the tire tread.
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Many years ago I was doing a toe adjustment on my 57 willys and was trying to figure out how to do it easier and found that the white aluminum curtain rods work great. You can pick them up at wal mart for a few bucks or just wait till the wife leaves and grab the one that holds the sheers. I use a 6 foot and it goes into itself by at least 2 feet. I even have my correct numbers marked with a sharpie so I can do a quick check when I change the oil. I use the same method Jerry described for original measurement.
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I used to do it the curtain rod then I went to the way Jerry does it then I modded that idea as I got tired of pulling 35s everytime I monkey with something . I still use the square tubing but instead of clamping it to the rotor I bungee it around a spoke in the wheel to hold it tight against the sidewall of the tire. Then I add a 2" spacer between the tube and the edge of my wheel ( 2 per wheel naturally ) where balancing weights would attach so the tube don't touch the sidewall . I have alloy wheels which seems to have a nice sized lip at the edge of the wheel to put the spacer in there which the bungee holds it all tight , I level the tube front to back and make sure both tubes are the same height off the floor then measure across just like I did when the tube was attached to the rotor . Same theory just saves removing the tires/wheel.

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