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Just a curiosity quencher, when going to have an alignment after an install of an aftermarket lift kit with adjustable arms, did anyone have a problem with a shop not knowing how to work with them?

Just curious as it would seem pretty straight forward, but then again never had a jeep with anything other than Leaf springs before

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Just a curiosity quencher, when going to have an alignment after an install of an aftermarket lift kit with adjustable arms, did anyone have a problem with a shop not knowing how to work with them?

Just curious as it would seem pretty straight forward, but then again never had a jeep with anything other than Leaf springs before
To be truthful I haven't had much luck with alignment shops being able to get a stock vehicle correct.

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Most wont want to mess with adj control arms. Even more so since its aftermarkert.

And some have had issues with arm when the jam nuts are not torqued down properly.

Best bet would be to find an offroad/speed shop since they see that chit often.
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Most wont want to mess with adj control arms. Even more so since its aftermarkert.

And some have had issues with arm when the jam nuts are not torqued down properly.

Best bet would be to find an offroad/speed shop since they see that chit often.
^^ This! Don't bother with your run of the mill alignment shop. They will mess your shit up. Most actually won't even want to deal with it and will feed you a b.s. line about how their machine can't handle a lifted jeep.

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Ive got the lifetime alignment from firestone. They work with adjustable control arms and tie rods/drag links. They do a pretty decent job. Considering its gonna get knocked out of alignment more than once or twice a year, it's a pretty good deal
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Yep. I have had issues with 2 different ones. One wasn't comfortable with it (which is fine because he actually told me the damn truth which is rare) and the other "didn't have the special part" they needed. When I asked what part it was, the didn't give me an answer. I had to settle with 4 wheel parts.

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Thats about what I figured, Problem is around here I haven't much in the way of any 4x4 shops. I am in the Great plains... LOL Not a huge meca for offroading here. Most of the guys I see running lifts (IFS) on Brand new chevy and fords look like they slapped a lift on and hoped for the best.

Not going to be doing the lift till after christmas but better to know now where I can take it before the lift is on than wait and have to do it on the fly.

Anyone had any luck doing a home alignment? Taking the spec sheet then doing it at home? ONly problem i see is that the car is resting on the tires

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