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a friend and i are having a debate about if you need to get the fj aligned after going offroading if you have a lift and big tires. he seems to think that if you take the vehicle offroading and ride it hard that you need to get it aligned afterwards everytime or you will be burning up your tires when driving on the street.

btw he has a 02 fullsize chevy with 10 inch king suspension lift

i didnt think you needed to get it aligned that much
 

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You only need to get an alignment when you get
your lift installed, and depending on the type of
lift you have, once it settles, driving for 4 weeks,
you may need another... Any shop can check on
your tires for you and tell if you need another one
just by looking and feeling the tires for wear and
sharp edges and such...

Then only when you abuse your vehicle, like catch
some high air, or have a really hard impact on the
front end such as maybe slamming into a bolder at
a good rate of speed... your friends lift has alot
more to worry about, being he has 10" lift, more
leverage to throw things out of wack...

My older trucks from way back, would get the front
alignment throw out all the time, but I was running
38" swampers and pre-running the thing... On my Fj,
I get one once every year or two, again, depending
on the tire wear...

IMHO, I am sure a few others will pipe in too... ;)...
 

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You only need to get an alignment when you get
your lift installed, and depending on the type of
lift you have, once it settles, driving for 4 weeks,
you may need another, then only when you abuse
your vehicle, like catch some high air, or have a
really hard impact on the front end such as maybe
slamming into a bolder at a good rate of speed...
your friends lift has alot more to worry about, being
he has 10" lift, more leverage to throw things out
of wack...

IMHO, I am sure a few others will pipe in too... ;)...
Sounds about right. If you have very expensive tires and run it hard most of the time, you may want to have it checked every 4-6 months. You shouldn't need one after every excursion unless you have an incident.
 

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cool thanks all

that is what i thought

and yes he has like 38's or something and says they are like $500 each DOH!
 

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I have stock tires and suspension and have needed a realignment 2 times already in under 20,000 miles. I could not tell that the alignment was out - no wandering or pulling to the side.
I have not gotten any serious air, but I have stuffed the wheel in the fender a few times.

IMO It is not a bad idea to have your alignment rechecked after a heavy duty off roading trip, especially under high speeds. My tires are wearing badly now because I did not watch close enough.:ninja:
 

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No Problem !... you are most welcome...

Here are a few of my old rigs that, well, needed
more than a few alignments...


 

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a friend and i are having a debate about if you need to get the fj aligned after going offroading if you have a lift and big tires. he seems to think that if you take the vehicle offroading and ride it hard that you need to get it aligned afterwards everytime or you will be burning up your tires when driving on the street.

btw he has a 02 fullsize chevy with 10 inch king suspension lift

i didnt think you needed to get it aligned that much
The best thing about this argument....You're BOTH right.....

His Chevy with the hillbilly lift needs an allignment every week or so....and Your FJ needs one every few years!!! Or after new lift or tires....:bigthumb:
 

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I got the Firestone lifetime alignment, so I'll have it aligned after every major off road trip (3-4 times per year). It was $169 I think.
Hmm, once I lift, I will have to check into this lifetime alignment. $169 is a small price to pay to be able to bring it in for a check when ever you need.
Thanks for the info.
 

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ive had to realign twice once stuck in the mud and once made a bad turn going reverse downhill but it doesnt happen often and when it does misalign you can tell right away. If it drives home straight after offroading i think you're in the clear.
 

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It's a good idea to check it regularly. By the time you see uneven wear, it could be too late. Tires are expensive. Firestone also has a lifetime tire balance ($60ish if you didn't buy it there).
 

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ive had to realign twice once stuck in the mud and once made a bad turn going reverse downhill but it doesnt happen often and when it does misalign you can tell right away. If it drives home straight after offroading i think you're in the clear.
My truck drove straight both times my alignment was out.
By the time you see your tires wearing funny, you will already have decreased their life.
+1 on the Firestone Lifetime alignment
 
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