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Alignment issue gone worse

So I take the jk in today to get aligned and get a phone call an hour later saying I need an offset ball joint because my camber is off by 0.9 degrees. Shop tells me this happens to most vehicles after they get lifted. I have rk 3.5 inch lift with high steer kit all 8 control arms and such. What could have cause such a thing to happen? Would like input as to the fact I am new to jeeps and am not that good mechanically. Also want input before I fork out 300 bucks.
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Do you wheel the jeep hard? Also, are your axles sleeved/gusseted? Your axle "c's" are more than likely bent which is why your camber is off. Offset balljoints will fix your issue. If you're not sleeved/gussted, and wheel hard I'd definitely suggest it.

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I don't wheel hard at all some light trail riding and occasional mudding and even then I don't wheel hardly ever
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My jeeps camber was off from the factory. It's my understanding no one makes a offset balljoint for the jk. I just had them adjust what they could and have 11k on it with no problems. The tires seem to be wearing fine.

The only thing is when driving it seems to want to drift to the left if I let go of the wheel.
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Camber on the jeep is not adjustable, so really the only solution if you want camber back to specs is the offset balljoints. I know it sucks to spend more money, but I'd do it along with at minimum c-gussets for piece of mind.

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That's how mine is except it pulls hard to the right with 11k on it as well
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What is a ballpark range for c gusset installation and what or who makes the best c gussets?
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That's how mine is except it pulls hard to the right with 11k on it as well
Do you know what all of your alignment specs are?

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What is a ballpark range for c gusset installation and what or who makes the best c gussets?
C-gussets are relatively inexpensive. You have a bunch of different options from EVO, POLY, Teraflex, etc. I personally have the EVO sleeves/gussets. Installation cost will vary place to place, so it's hard to really say.

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I do not have the specs unfortunately. If you don't mind me asking how much did you pay to get sleeved and gusseted?
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I do not have the specs unfortunately. If you don't mind me asking how much did you pay to get sleeved and gusseted?
To tell you the truth, I honestly don't remember. I also got regeared at the same time. Sorry that's not a helpful answer...

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It's ok bro thanks for the info. I m going to have new offset joints put in and look into the c gussets
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If you go to a reputable alignment place they will give you printouts of all your specs... Granted I know the guys who did mine but they said they do it for anyone who asks
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your camber is fine from what I can tell. Your off by not even a degree

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I do not have the specs unfortunately. If you don't mind me asking how much did you pay to get sleeved and gusseted?

Go onto pure jeep.com. Look up under new products, and look for there JK D30/D44 axle knuckle gusset kit. It is 200 dollars, it includes an outer backbone brace, upper/lower c gussets, lower control arm skids front and rear and a track bar mount gusset. It is a hell of a kit and the install is MUCH cheaper than a traditional sleeve and gusset, as you do not have to take down the axle with this kit, at all. You just need someone to weld it on for you, could probably find someone to do it for 150-200 bucks. That is if you do not know how to weld, or do not have a close friend/family member who knows how to that would be wiling to do it. Plus, a backbone brace(basically a heavy duty truss) is MUCH MUCH more stronger than a inner sleeve!

This was the kit that was recommended to me by Jeremy at Rock Krawler, and I had it installed there by one of their employees.

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So I take the jk in today to get aligned and get a phone call an hour later saying I need an offset ball joint because my camber is off by 0.9 degrees. Shop tells me this happens to most vehicles after they get lifted. I have rk 3.5 inch lift with high steer kit all 8 control arms and such. What could have cause such a thing to happen? Would like input as to the fact I am new to jeeps and am not that good mechanically. Also want input before I fork out 300 bucks.
You do not need offset ball joints. They are trying to get you to spend money. Do not worry about your camber, it is fine. As long as your balljoints are not shot, you dont have to worry about getting new ones.

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