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How often do you have your truck aligned?

So I got to thinking, how often does everyone here get their truck aligned? Do you have it checked after every time you off road? or Just when you notice some irregular tire wear?

Im interested to hear what you guys do on this.
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I haven't had one done yet. The truck doesn't pull to either side and I have even tire wear.
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had it alligned after torsion bar crank and when new tires were installed.
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What did you guys pay for your alignment?
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i would usually have it done when getting new tires, or something like that. if you notice weird tire wear. my brother works for a tire shop and they only really do it when they put new tires on or readjust something with the steering. I think my bro's work charges something like $40-$60. i could be wrong, because when we have stuff done there it's all on employee discount.
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i got it with my new tires and ball joints. but if it starts to pull really bad id probably get it done
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i got mine done after i installed my spindles... thats the only time
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If your truck needs and alignment do you think it will effect the gas mileage?
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I was brought up, to NEVER touch the allignment from the factory, unless you absolutely have to. But thats how I was brought up...

heres a lil story too..

We had a 1977 E350 cube vans, one of the first ever cube vans. Well, it needed an allignment due to the twin I beam set up... So after countless trips to different shops trying to get it alligned correctly, my dads best friend, finally said, "ill allign it and be done with it' He had a special set of homemade tools to do it... and ya know what? the truck never needed an allignment after that. EVER. and that was back in the early 80's and we didnt take that truck offthe road till 02.

I had to have an allignment done on the ranger after my accident, luckily it came out alright.

But as far as allignments for new tires? eh, id say no.

I you rotate your tires wrong, you can sometimes end up thinking u need an allignment, when in reality u dont. I ran into this on my car.
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Mine has a pull to the right and it's been aligned at least 6 times since I've owned it. It's been aligned after ball joint replacements and tie rod replacements. I really thing I need a caster/camber kit (which ever corrects the toe out) My passenger tire wears bad on the inside edge.
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I've had mine aligned twice. Each one was done after a lift was put on...
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Had mine aligned because my inner edges were getting choppy. No pulling or anything.They gave me a printout of before and after the alignment and it wasn't off by much at all. I paid $70. I also learned that no matter how good my alignment is my tires will get chopped up no matter what so they recommended me to rotate them every 3000 miles. I was doing the rotation every 6000.
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I'll get it done after some serious hardcore off roading, like Union Grove. I'll get it done when I get new tires usually.
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