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2.5 bb lift. From what I gather browsing around here I hear not really. From talking to others, my local 4x4 specialists & the like, they say yes.

I was having some problems soon after my BIL & I did the lift. I made some calls & ended up scheduling an alignment from a specialist, not a big tire mart or the dealer. But I quickly saw that I lost a lower sway bar link bolt (completely gone after like 100 miles after torquing to spec) and I'm wondering if I should cancel or keep the appt. I'm leaning toward it can't hurt, right?

Also, wondering why I lost that bolt so quickly. I was planning on checking them again when I changed the oil, but obviously I wasn't quick enough. The other side was loose & about to fall off too. Are the original nuts like one time locking nuts or something?

I don't claim to have a clue really about this boy stuff ( ;) ) was there anything done in adding spacers, new shocks & disconnecting the sway bar links & track bar bolts that would make me need an alignment?
 

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:whistling: An alignment after a lift will tell you officially that your toe-in probably needes adj and your front axle caster has moved in the negative way--and thats not good--

If by drivingit after the lift and it tracks/handles/steers OK--then don't worry aboutit--

If you torqued the swaybay bolt/nuts to 75 ltlbs, they should never come loose-unless you've been disco'n them and that ruins the crush nut threads-

I'd suspect my torque wrench first the track bars, if you disconnected them. should be torqued, with jeep in normal state, to 125ftlbs-

After the alignment your caster will probably be in the +4° area and should be 5/6° for optimum ops-but if your driving feels OK--good

Good luck

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It does feel ok after hooking that sway bar link back up. I think I might just get the alignment anyway, even though they can't do much but adjust the toe in anyway, right? I'd need adjustable lca's to fix the camber & caster anyway, no?
 

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Without adjustable control arms, toe is the only thing that they can adjust (other than centering your steering wheel). Putting on a bb lift won't effect the toe. You can check that yourself if you want and save some money.
 

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:D Yeah, the alignment will be "wanted, not needed", but-


It does feel ok after hooking that sway bar link back up. I think I might just get the alignment anyway, even though they can't do much but adjust the toe in anyway, right? I'd need adjustable lca's to fix the camber & caster anyway, no?
It'll give you official spec figures and you never mentioned what size tires you have, so the caster might not be changed enough to worry--

Adj LCAs will allow you to adj the caster, but the camber can only be adjusted by special ball joints and thats a little rare-

If you run 34/35" tires you'll probably want adj LCAs to get your caster to at least 5° or 6° + caster--

Good luck

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I have 33's - duratracs (so not quite really 33's). I can adjust the steering wheel with the procal too I think, though it doesn't seem off. I'm gathering an alignment is totally unneeded except that maybe I'm curious about the caster. After fixing the link, it seems to handle mostly as it did stock, maybe a tad bit touchy or jumpy, so I'm wondering if that's caster & the new normal.

Thanks for helping me out & not making feel stupid. :D
 

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:D Heh Heh, I've got Hankook Dynapros and they're 33.2" installed--so I NEEDED adj LCAs and after setting them, my front axle is +6°caster and handles SO MUCH BETTER and tracks PRIMO!


I have 33's - duratracs (so not quite really 33's). I can adjust the steering wheel with the procal too I think, though it doesn't seem off. I'm gathering an alignment is totally unneeded except that maybe I'm curious about the caster. After fixing the link, it seems to handle mostly as it did stock, maybe a tad bit touchy or jumpy, so I'm wondering if that's caster & the new normal.

Thanks for helping me out & not making feel stupid. :D
It'll be up to you, on how comfy the jeep drives !

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From what you've said about a difference in handling, you NEED the alinement. Peace of mind, if nothing else. The touchy handling needs to be addressed, and alinement is a cheap fix. If handling is still touchy after alinement, make sure your tires aren't overinflated. You may have simply chosen a tire that is going to feel 'touchy', no matter what you do. Lots of possibilities, but eliminate the easy one with an alinement.
 

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:D Heh Heh, I've got Hankook Dynapros and they're 33.2" installed--so I NEEDED adj LCAs and after setting them, my front axle is +6°caster and handles SO MUCH BETTER and tracks PRIMO!




It'll be up to you, on how comfy the jeep drives !

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What Jimbox says. My caster is 4.1 and its still a bit lose feeling but a lot better than before the cam bolts install. Lca's will correct this. I say get it checked so ya know for sure. Just my opinion...
 

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I'd say get it checked via an alignment as well. I added LCA's and I know for a fact my castor sits now at roughly 5.1 degrees which is good to go. You may want to do the same. You'll want the alignment to verify your toe in and correct if necessary, as mine was way off on the right side. If this is not set correctly, your tires will wear unevenly and cause premature wear.

Get it done, get the print out, and have some peace of mind.
 

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I have 33's - duratracs (so not quite really 33's). I can adjust the steering wheel with the procal too I think, though it doesn't seem off. I'm gathering an alignment is totally unneeded except that maybe I'm curious about the caster. After fixing the link, it seems to handle mostly as it did stock, maybe a tad bit touchy or jumpy, so I'm wondering if that's caster & the new normal.

Thanks for helping me out & not making feel stupid. :D
I just went with the 33x12.50x15 (32") Duratracs too, and did a 2.25" BBL, I had an alignment done at the Goodyear shop just because I bought my jeep used and didn't know if it had ever been done, and because if I ever have issues with my tires I can go back to the goodyear shop and my warranty won't be in question, 'cause they did the alignment. (just piece of mind) I bought my wheels and tires through Tirerack.

I had that touchy feel to mine at first too, I lowered the air pressure to 26psi, it feels much better now. (most people run them between 28 to 26 psi)
 

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:whistling: Man have I been DUPED, it seems as though you have a TJ and I, stupid me, assumed that since you were on a JK forum, thats what you were driving--BAM

Forget everything I've said-it doesn't apply to TJs-

End of conversation !

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Na, its OK Jimbox, Sueby (the PO) has a JK, it was only the last poster with a TJ :)
 

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No, I do have a jk (that's my old tj in my pic). Thanks for all the great info guys.
 

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My bad, I must have skipped to a JK forum by way of the "recent threads list" and just assumed from the pic she had a tj, since she hasn't filled out her profile. Sorry to confuse eveyone.
 

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Yea, I only come here from the app on my phone & from what I can tell there is no way to set up a complete profile from the app.

Maybe I'll go change my pic!
 

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:D I see the light--Sueby, done straightened me out and I can always use that-

I'm writing this from my laptop-so everybody have a great day-

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So I went to get the alignment and as I'm pulling in the guy is walking out shaking his head. Seems they need a special machine to do the Jeep because my wheels don't have a lip around the edge to put the mirrors. Who knew? Not me, had no idea. He struggled for a few minutes but finally came up with a place that can do it, so till next week...
 

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So I went to get the alignment and as I'm pulling in the guy is walking out shaking his head. Seems they need a special machine to do the Jeep because my wheels don't have a lip around the edge to put the mirrors. Who knew? Not me, had no idea. He struggled for a few minutes but finally came up with a place that can do it, so till next week...
That's pretty common. How's it driving?
 
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