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Just finished installing a BDS 2" lift (shocks/coils) and am very pleased with the results! And yes the 32" BFG's will fit nicely!

Now front end alingment and lower control arm adjustments?
I would imagine that with just a 2" lift the lower control arm adjustment would not be needed, we do trail riding not rocks or major off roading.
The instructions said something about adjusting the cam bolts?

Should I take the Jeep for a spin and settle the suspension or just jack it up and get after the alingment?

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Bouncing up and down a few times on the front and rear bumpers helps settle the suspension..at least that's what my instructions said...seemed to help me!
 

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You can do the basic front-end alignment. Furthermore I suggest loosening all front control arm bolt, bouncing the suspension a couple of times and then torqueing them to correct specs.
 

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^^^this^^^

IF you tightened everything up while NOT on its wheels... you will have a stiffer ride.... Loosen the CA bolts up and bounce on the bumpers a few times to 'settle' the suspension under its own weight... then retighten.....
 

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You now must (!) adjust your front axle's toe-in setting which was thrown off by the new taller suspension. Adjust it by rotating the tie rod until the fronts of your tires are 1/16" to 1/8" closer together than they are in the rear.

You'll also need to recenter your steering wheel after doing that which is done by rotating the short length-adjustment sleeve on the drag link connected to the Pitman arm.

Both adjustments are VERY easy and with even a little care will produce results every bit as accurate as the very latest alignment racks can produce. Literally as accurate. Both can be performed in under 30 minutes from start to finish.

Here's a more complete writeup on doing both of these simple adjustments... Basic Jeep Front End Alignment

Lastly, Blaine Johnson provided these two photos (click to make larger) that show a more repeatable method for measuring between the front and rear of the tires for the toe-in adjustment. It's how I do mine though a simple tape measure between the tires as described in the writeup can also provide accurate results if you take a little care. The two pieces used to measure from are simply 1" square aluminum tubing held by a common spring clamp. Mark them at points equal to your tire diameter and measure between them at those points. :)
 

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Ok got the alignment done! Jerry I was having a hard time getting a good scribed line on the front tires so I took them off and used a spring clamp as shown above with some 1/2" x 1/8" angle iron. Measured out 16" from center made a mark and used that as my measuring point. Set the toe at 1/8" and got the steering wheel centered!

Wish I had check in here earlier! Would have saved my all the head scratching thinking of how to do this with the tires off!

Now I do notice a slight vibration on acceleration that I do not recall from before, but I do not drive this Jeep that much so it might just be my imagination?

The new rims are in the garage and the new 32" BFG A/T KO's will be in next week.

This week has certainly been a educating one! Went from trying to resolve DW to a 2" lift and new rims and tires. All for about $1700 and a few hours of my time.

Thanks for all your help!

Bullseye

 

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Damn! Took the jeep down to fill the tank for the wife and my DW is back! 57 MPH just like before that started all this work.

After installing the lift I drove it home 11 miles and took her up to 70MPH no problems.
Did the alignment in my garage and centered the steering wheel and now I have DW again.

Set the toe at 1/8" in at the front, the wobble is not as severe as previously experienced but the tire are cupped on the outer edges just like before. Is an 1/8" toe too neutral?

This is frustrating, really like the new suspension and the far better ride it provides.
I guess back to the shop tomorrow and see if they can resolve this.... Again
 

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Went back the the "specialist" 4X4 shop and they were clueless and when I asked why did I pay you $457 to NOT fix my problem! They said it was preventative maintenance!

Went to Tires Plus where I bought the current tires 50K miles ago as I remembered something about a lifetime spin balance and rotate. Asked them not to rotate the tires only balance them. Wobble gone!

I will let the wife drive it this week while I decide on tires for it. If no complaints new shoes next Monday!
 

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Ok got the new Geolanders on today! But will now need wider fender flares and it looks like maybe a rear track bar to get things centered. Once you start does it ever get finished? It's like getting a tattoo, you can't stop at one!





Raining out today and I was already wet enough. Will get some better pics when the weather breaks.
 

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Once you start does it ever get finished? It's like getting a tattoo, you can't stop at one!
Pretty much. Sounds like are now truly hooked. :dance:
 
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