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post #1 of 15 Old 01-02-2013, 02:34 PM Thread Starter
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wheel alignment

Quick question. Do i need a wheel alignment after installing a leveling kit? My buddy thinks i do. But i say no cause its a straight axel.
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ideally you should always get an alignment after a lift/leveling kit to make sure its all correct.

I recommend getting the alignment

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i recommend just doing it yourself, what year truck to start ???

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I will be doin it this weekend in my buddies shop wont fit in the garage now . Dealer wanted 250 in labour plus 250 for the kit. Its a 2006 f350 superduty 4x4.
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All they did on mine is set the steering wheel back straight.
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U dont have to get a wheel alignment when leveling. Cause its a "straight axle", dunno the whole story why exactly. But ford and readylift both told me the same thing, saweet!!
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My Pro Comp 2.5" kit required an alignment.

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If your leveling kit was just pucks over the coils, yes, get it checked. Shoving the axle down without doing anything with the trailing arms can induce negative caster (rolling the axle forward). Leaf sprung trucks usually have the caster engineered into the springs.

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So i installed my leveling kit this weekend and it was simple and straight forward. But never buy cheap kits. Every kit should come with a spacer to lower ur radius arm. As i figured outthe hardway. It pulls ur axel to the driver side when u lift the front end. The guy that did my alignment said it wont hurt but itll handle wierd
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Lowering the radius arms helps with the negative caster that the lift induced.

An adjustable (longer for lack of a better term) will push the axle back to center.

I recommend a new alignment guy! The axles being off center front to rear will make your truck "dog walk". When viewed from the rear while driving, the driver's side of the truck will be visible. This dog walk (or crab walk) can't be good for all four tires.

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