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Old 11-06-2011, 05:22 AM
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alignment after dual steering stabilizer?

im getting ready to do some front end work and a dual steering stabilizer is on my list. after this is installed do i need to have the front end realigned? if so i can just order everything at once but i was going to try and space it out due to funds. thanks
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im getting ready to do some front end work and a dual steering stabilizer is on my list. after this is installed do i need to have the front end realigned? if so i can just order everything at once but i was going to try and space it out due to funds. thanks
dual stabilizer does not effect your alignment..
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Like he said, it wont affect it at all. You can put it on or take it off at any point, and it doesn't affect anything.
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Old 11-15-2011, 04:25 AM
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dual stabilizer does not effect your alignment..
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Like he said, it wont affect it at all. You can put it on or take it off at any point, and it doesn't affect anything.
I question this.... when I first bought my truck, the previous owner had taken the steering stabilizers off - saying that the truck handled much better without them, when they were on the truck's turning was very tough (felt as if it didn't have any power steering). Well, the first week or two the truck drove amazing. Straight as an arrow, all that jazz...

It has gotten worse and worse over the months (it's been about 3 since I bought it) and now there's so much play in the steering wheel, it's hard to keep it in a straight line without ALWAYS making small corrections to it. I believe that's it's directly related to the steering stabilizers. Why would you not think the steering stabilizers have a direct impact on wheel alignment?

Not trying to bash you guys or anything, this is just my thought. I want to put the steering stablizers back on, and then get the truck realigned, and I'm hoping that will solve my problem. I know that tires play a big factor in this, but I still think the steering stablizers will tighten up any play in my wheel and keep the truck from getting out of alignment.
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Because your tire alignment it set by your tie rods. They are adjustable, but once they ate adjusted and tightened down they are fixed in place. That leaves no movement in and out on the tires. So it's not like the stabilizers are pushing out on the wheels causing them to get out of alignment.
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Old 11-15-2011, 05:38 AM
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So my tie rods have become loose then? Just trying to figure this out... Jon told me about the steering stabilizers being a bit overkill on the system, however I'm suprised at how fast the truck has fallen out of alignment. I was under the impression that having "bigger" tires can cause the alignment to fall out faster, but having steering stabilizers helps prevent that.
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Old 11-15-2011, 05:44 AM
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I can tell you one thing for sure. Having bigger tires on mine took its toll on the tie rods. Ended up replacing a couple of them. Your best bet may be to just take it to an alignment shop and have them look at it. Most places wont charge you just to look at it and give you an estimate.
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Old 11-15-2011, 06:06 AM
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Damn, alright... thanks for the help. What size tires are you running by chance?
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Old 11-15-2011, 06:10 AM
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I'm back to stock now (middle picture in my signature), but was all the way up to 8" with 37's at one point.
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I got my top gun customz dual stabilizer with bilstein stabilizers on yesterday. Got my alignment done prior to putting it on. Truck definitely feels tighter up front now. Hopefully it keeps my alignment longer now.
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