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Which alignment for 2 wheel drive?

Do I need a 2 wheel, or 4 wheel thrust alignment for my 93 XLT 2x4 ?
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2. cant really align a solid axle...
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Thats what I thought, but everywhere I go to get estimate, they say its a "truck", and even though its not 4 wheel drive, they insist on the very expensive 4 wheel thrust alignment.

Yeah I know they have all the fancy equipment and such, but am thinking of trying to find a small shop that does alignments for two wheels, and at a cost thats not overly expensive.
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Thats what I thought, but everywhere I go to get estimate, they say its a "truck", and even though its not 4 wheel drive, they insist on the very expensive 4 wheel thrust alignment.

Yeah I know they have all the fancy equipment and such, but am thinking of trying to find a small shop that does alignments for two wheels, and at a cost thats not overly expensive.
its always nice to help out small business too
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When i got my truck aligned, they measure all four wheels before and after and print it out on a nice diagram. I noticed that my rears were off .1degrees on some measurement after than before. WTF?
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On a solid rear axle they do a thrust angle alignment referencing the rear wheels. Rear has no adjustment unless the axle is really mounted off. A friend had a Plymouth that the rear axle was so far off it completely ate a set of tires in 5,000 miles. The dealership finally sent the car to a independent shop and they found the rear axle was mounted crooked. That was fixed and the car was fine.
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when i had mine aligned last week they (Tire Barn) did it for 39.99 for my 2 wheel
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So should I go for the computerized/high tech 4 wheel thrust alignment then?

Just for reference, my Firestone Firehawk tires have almost 27k miles on them, and very even wear (I do rotate often though)
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That's wack.

My alignments are all the same price.

2 wheel, or 4 wheel.
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2wd and 4wd make no difference in aligning the wheels.
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Thrust angle is the only way I would have an alignment done if the rears are not adjustable.

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you dont need a 4 wheel alignment. thats just bs to get your money.
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