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Alignment at tire shops

I've used Tire Kingdom for along time but now they say their machine won't work with lifted trucks. I told them to get as good as they could but it's still pretty jacked up.

I still have a couple months left on my alignment plan. Can they do it right on one of those laser alignment machines? Is this bs or what?
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sounds like bs haha that sucks dude
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its BS alot of places dont want to touch lifted trucks due to most trucks can have so many variables and its a liability to them

Personally i have had my truck done at like Firestone's I have never had a more horrible alignment then at those places my wheel is never straight i always have a pulling...

I deal with this little place you could call it a mom pop places. they work on your truck till its perfect doesnt matter if its an hour or 4... and they still only charge the same..


I actually have an appointment with them tomorrow for an alignment lol ....
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I had the same problem when i needed to get my alignment done. I finally found a little mom and pop alignment shop that specialized in lifted and large truck alignments
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So they can do it with their laser machine?

I'm just trying to figure out whether I need to go raise hell and get it done or take it to a different place.
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i wouldnt even do it with them find a Big truck shop or little mom pop place those "big chains" just want you in and out they dont care if your coming back or the quality of the job... little places have to do good because they need you coming back
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Try a frame shop rather than a tire shop.
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The thing is I still have a few months left on my original alignment plan, so it would be free to do it with them.

I could take it to Hick's here in town but it's gonna cost me.
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take it back in and be like you did it once do it again..
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yea its the same around here i only take mine to a small franchise michelin/bfg dealer the guy knows me by name and he does great work and is will to show you what the prob is
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They can do it, but they just dont want to spend the extra time to do it the right way. A lot of times, they are not experienced enough to get it right. I'd just go to a trusted shop. Save yourself the hassle.
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Thanks for all the input. Let's hope they can get it right this time.
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If it is free, keep taking it back till they have fixed it. You are the customer, and the customer is ALWAYS right.
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My truck has not had an alignment since 30k miles. I am at 102k now. I have never replaced a U joint. I think it is time now that the tbars are cranked half way and 35's
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If it is free, keep taking it back till they have fixed it. You are the customer, and the customer is ALWAYS right.
I plan on it. I just wasn't sure if they could actually do it with one of those machines.

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If it is free, keep taking it back till they have fixed it.
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My truck has not had an alignment since 30k miles. I am at 102k now. I have never replaced a U joint. I think it is time now that the tbars are cranked half way and 35's



its at least recommend to have an alignment check every 12k or 12 months





Never had problems with alignments on lifted/lowered vehicles at my work, but then again, we have a newer alignment rack and computer
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Find a place that manually aligns them and doesn't use the machine.
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its all bs... they just dont wanna mess with it.
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Find a place that manually aligns them and doesn't use the machine.


good luck finding a shop that still does that, and be ready to pay an easy 200 bucks. Just about all alignment machines now a days tell you how to align the vehicle.
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good luck finding a shop that still does that, and be ready to pay an easy 200 bucks. Just about all alignment machines now a days tell you how to align the vehicle.
I got one 5 minutes from my house. They manually align all vehicles, specially lifted ones. Costed me $60.00
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i either have my buddy who is in auto tech at the local CC do it for free, or pay one of the mechanics at my dads work (Ford) to do it on the side.
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les schwab should do it they did mine last summer after I put new torsion bars in and it was around $50.
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