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Old 02-11-2010, 05:48 PM
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Do I need to get an alinment after installing a new drag link? I have the streeing wheel centered but was wondering if I still needed an alinment I really don't see why but I'm no expert.
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Old 02-11-2010, 06:20 PM
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anyone want to chime in here
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Old 02-11-2010, 06:34 PM
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I dont think so
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Old 02-11-2010, 06:56 PM
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MOst likely...you could be lucky and not have a toe issue...but why take a chance..an allignment is much cheaper than two new tires and maybe new inner/outer tie-rod ends. Why did you have to replace it? That might be your answer...
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Old 02-12-2010, 11:06 AM
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the drag link just snapped off at the drop pitman arm for some reason no warning signs. I spoke a few friends about it that work at ford and a 4x4 shop and they said taht this is not a common problem and that a stock replacement would be fine.
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Old 02-12-2010, 03:23 PM
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i dont think the drag link is adjustable, so you shouldnt have to align it. only thing you cold screw up is the steering wheel. but if the tires are strait and the wheel is strait you should be fine..

BTW 4x4 trucks dont have tie rods. theres no inner and outer.Just a tie rod.. with a left end and right end..and it is adjustable, it adjusts toe.. so as long as you didnt mess with it you should be just fine!!

i just checked mine out today after noticing the front end a little loose, both drag link ends, upper ball joints and right side tie rod end are bad, not horrible, but you can imagine having play in just about every joint to the steering box is really amplified when going down the road! its due for new parts anyways so..
going to do both upper and lower ball joints, and replace all the joints, also going to install an aftermarket dual steering stabilizer.. we put one on a customers truck and he said it was night and day difference going down the road!
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Old 02-12-2010, 03:26 PM
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I will recomend that you go ahead and get one. They dont cost that much.
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Old 02-13-2010, 10:29 AM
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bump bump ...
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$50 on an alignemnt is much cheaper then ~$300+ for 2 front tires
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Old 02-13-2010, 03:59 PM
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wish it cost 50 here it cost 100 to 250 depending who you go with the guy for 250 is the best in town and the one for 100 is just another everyday tire shop
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