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Trouble with alignment

Am I the only one that has had a lot of trouble getting my front end aligned right? This is the third time it has been done by three different people. And everytime it's not right. Had the last guy tell me it couldn't be done correctly because I have my torsion bars turned out. (not even all the way) I have never heard of anyone up here complaining up here about it, so I was just wandering if it was just me or does alot of people have this problem. Cause its really starting to **** me off. I think its up to $200 now, and its still not right.
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what kind of place are you taking it too? i took mine to a shop that specializes in alignments. i replaced my ball joints, new tbars, and alignment kits and they aligned it for me and its never been better.
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^^^x2

I've had the same problem in the past.

https://www.ranger-forums.com/forum2...ire-shops.html
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Just regular shops. As soon as I can get an appointment I am taking it either to the local GM dealer, or try to find a shop that specializes in it. Now, when I turn, something is popping in the front end. Im bout tired to this.
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Just regular shops. As soon as I can get an appointment I am taking it either to the local GM dealer, or try to find a shop that specializes in it. Now, when I turn, something is popping in the front end. Im bout tired to this.
cv u joint going bad?
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cv u joint going bad?
It had never done it before I got it aligned this last time. So IDK, WTF??!
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I just installed my lift, got an alignment, and what should be like 1/16th toe in, is in reality 1/2" toe out.

They are getting my truck back to do it again. I already ragged on them for installing my wheel weights on the outside, when I said specifically INSIDE, do they did that again.
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i havent had to full alignment done, smae problem, i wear bearing out like crazy, and balljoints follow in suit, i dont get it either, but i had toe done when i replaces my tie rod ends ( which by the way, turn the wheel to the left to get the left tie rod to extend out so u can get a wrench on it, and smae for the right side) just a lil tip... but my ball joints went bad, in 6 months, and then i just replaced them 2 weeks ago, just cant afford to get an alignment, which sucks, i got two brand new bfg at's i dont want to tear up yet
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ive heard if you have worn out parts in the front it wont hold its allignment, maybe you have worn out parts?
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ive heard if you have worn out parts in the front it wont hold its allignment, maybe you have worn out parts?
Naa, new ball joints 5k miles ago. I dont think there already worn out again. I think the mechanic would have noticed and told me, cause he wont gaurantee the work if something is wrong.
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Just regular shops. As soon as I can get an appointment I am taking it either to the local GM dealer, or try to find a shop that specializes in it. Now, when I turn, something is popping in the front end. Im bout tired to this.
i thought the only thing that made popping noises when you turn IS balljoints? lol
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i thought the only thing that made popping noises when you turn IS balljoints? lol
nah dude, tension rods do it to. trust me my 240 makes clunking noises when i turn but then again my ball joints are also bone dry and trash
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I finally figured out what the popping noise was. When it would being aligned, the guy came and got me, and showed me that one of the bolts that hold the A-arm to the frame was loose and it was slamming back and forth. So thats what the popping noise was. And it drives sooooooooo much better now. Definatly going back to them guys again if I ever have to again.
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last time i took my truck in to get it alighned they told me they couldnt do it because something on the rear couldnt be aligned. but last i checked oyu cant do a 4 wheel alignment on a 4x4 with a solid rear axle. you can check it but there is no way to adjust the rear axle.
i would recomend taking it to a shop that specialises in alignments. they know there stuff
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