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I just swapped out the ball joints and installed new springs on my small truck so now it's in need of an alignment, looking for recommendations for where to take it. Last time I took it to Les Schwab and they didn't really do a thorough job. The twin I beam uses camber bushings that are supposed to be swapped out to get the right Camber and Caster. Every place I've taken it to in the past just "got it as close as they could"

This time I installed adjustable camber bushings that can dial in both camber and caster properly. I just need a shop that knows what they are doing and can read a chart

Not sure if it would be better to take it to 4 Wheel Parts even though the truck isn't lifted

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Fri Nov 20, 2020 10:53 am
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Perhaps Dodd’s automotive.


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Fri Nov 20, 2020 11:16 am
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I believe 4wp just sends them out. If they did have an alignment rack not AI would not trust them to do any better, probably worse than schwab.

We just go out to tt tire next to napa out in Yelm.


Fri Nov 20, 2020 3:20 pm
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Talk to the allignment guy at your Les Schwab. I took one of my Studebakers in to Schwab because the allignment fool at Franks Tire had no clue what the three leaf spring mounting holes were for so according to him the car was noit allignable because the leaf springs were not bolted in the same on both side. I showed the kid at Schwab how to find the concentrics for my kingpins and he had no problem with me standing off to the side to make sure he did my allignment right.


Sat Nov 21, 2020 2:14 am
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I'm not sure how far you're willing to drive...but if you're willing to drive up to Duvall I'd recommend Chase Race:

https://www.chaserace.com/alignments.php

He's one of the few guys I'd trust with alignments. From my experience, no one understands alignments like race shops do. A lot of my friends that race also take their cars there, and "close enough" doesn't cut it for them.


Sat Nov 21, 2020 7:23 am
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Thanks for the suggestions

I'll give Dodd's a call on Monday. Should be able to get it done right If I can just talk to the guy doing the work

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Sat Nov 21, 2020 10:25 am
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Last time I had an alignment done, I used the Firestone on 123rd & Meridian in Puyallup. They did a good job, it's where I'd go next.

I'm also told the Les Schwab up the street from there, at 43rd by the YMCA, is squared away too.

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Sat Nov 21, 2020 10:45 am
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Solid Axle? If so, the good news its easy to DIY, the bad news "close enough" is the best you can do.


Sun Nov 29, 2020 2:53 am
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I have used a couple different Firestones, and they can definitely be hit and miss on quality. One possible good option is that Firestone sells a lifetime alignment. So if one store doesn't do a good job, take it to another. That's what I had to do.

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