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Old 11-01-2004
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Yeah I adjusted mine with the intention of leveling the truck, but actually ran out of adjustment on one side! I'd say I got 1" of adjustment before I ran out of bolt.
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The effect of the change in suspension gepmetry is the same regardless of the size of the tires because the end result is still the same. To simplify, the angle of the suspension arms while the vehicle is at rest has changed relative to the chassis. This also changes the angle of the knuckles (or spindles) to both the chassis (camber) and to the steering box (toe) thus requiring the alignment be reset. This is why if you talk to the perosn performing the alignment they should refer to the measurements of camber, caster, and toe as static measurements because each changes as the suspension moves thru it's normal range.

If you're simply adjusting the preload to reset those angles to the way they were front the factory (to compensate for suspension sag) then you have essentially made zero net change from the last alignment and (in theory) an alignment would not be necessary. For anyone who offroads or has bumped a curb, you will probably find that an alignment is necessary regardless.

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