02-08-2013, 08:26 AM
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I-Beam drop, or camber kit for aligning 2WD after a leveling kit?
I have a 2000 F-350 2 Wheel drive that I recently installed a 2 inch aluminum leveling kit on. Needless to say, the Camber is off. According to Firestone, the Left Front camber is 2.8 degrees, the right is 2.2 degrees.
Now Firestone said that I need the camber adjuster kit to properly align my front end.
BUT because they also said that my parking light was out, and wanted to charge me $15 for that (I checked my lights, and they're all working), AND said that they would have to replace my steering stabilizer because the bushing popped out (although 3 days previous, it wasn't a problem when I had the lift installed and as far as I know, steering stabilizers have NOTHING to do with alignment)... I decided to call a more local based, front end specialist...
THEY said "You don't need a camber adjuster, you just need to drop the I-beams 2 inches, and everything will match up again, and you can align the front end naturally... have whoever put your lift on, drop the I-Beams, and we can align it for you".
Here are my questions for you fine folks...
1. Which makes more sense, camber adjustment kits or dropping the I-beams? The only things i've found for adjusting anything like the I-beams have been for 4x4s, and 3 inches or more.
2. If you're going the route of the camber kit/bushing... and your camber is at +2.8 degrees.... do you want the kit labeled for +3 degrees, or -3 degrees. Are they labeled how to get your camber TO zero, or for how far FROM zero they are?
3 If you go the I-Beam route... know any place to get the brackets to drop the I-Beam
4. I'm not on crack am I? I swear the steering stabilizer has nothing to do with alignment... they didn't have an issue when they aligned it before and the old stabilizer was on there that leaked out all the oil and had a hole in it big enough for a family of pygmies to live in.... so I'm thrown off to as why a partially popped out bushing would be an issue to alignment... I thought that was just hooked to the steering component.
Thank you in advance for your time and expertise. I will dance at your next wedding.