the seam of your tires as a guide, measure the width between the
front of your front tires and compare that to the back of your front
a 13mm socket and wrench, loosen both ends of the tie-rod sleeves.
the tie-rod with a pair of vice-grips or pipe wrench and rotate
it a little bit at a time. Re-take measurements and repeat process
until your toe-in is properly set.
a 15mm deep socket or wrench, loosen the bolts on your drag link
Rotate your the drag link turnbuckle until your steering wheel is center again.
Jeep Front End Alignment
installing a lift on your Jeep, it is important to have your front
end aligned before you drive anywhere. Failure to do so will result
in severe tire wear and/or death wobble. Although not perfect, these
are a few things you can do yourself to set your toe-in and re-center
your steering wheel.
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You Will Need
• 13mm, 15mm (deep) Socket & Wrench's
• Tape measure
• Vice Grips or Pipe Wrench
• Floor Jack (optional)*
• Jack Stands (optional)*
• Wheel Chocks
• Someone to help you measure things
*NOTE: I like to do my toe-in end alignment with my front axle sitting on jack stands. This allows the wheels to move freely making it easer to adjust. This is not a necessary step and some people will argue that you actually need to set your toe-in with your wheels on the ground. For the record, I have not had any problems with my method only and bring this information to your attention so that you can decide which method you would like to use.
can't see it, but your front tires are in fact not parallel to each
other.... or at least they shouldn't be when pointing straight
ahead. This is called the "toe-in" and if it is set correctly,
the fronts of your tires should actually be pointing inward just a
hair. These simple steps will help you to adjust your toe-in and can
all be done in minutes.
1. Park on level ground and then with
the help of a friend, measure the width between
the front of your front tires and then compare that to the back of
your front tires. It is important to use the exact same measuring
point front and back (such as the mold seam in the middle of your
tires) in order to get an accurate reading.
2. Using a 13mm socket and wrench, loosen sleeves
on both ends of the tie-rod.
3. Grab the tie-rod
with a pair of vice-grips or pipe wrench and rotate it a little bit
at a time taking measurements along the way. Continue this process
until the width in the front is about 1/16" (but no more than
1/8") closer together than the back.
4. Once your toe-in
has been set, re-tighten the tie-rod sleeves and then move on to re-centering
your steering wheel.
Your Steering Wheel
1. With your tires pointing
as straight as possible (leave your steering wheel rotated) and your
tires on the ground, loosen the bolts on your drag link turnbuckle
using a 15mm deep socket or wrench.
2. Grab the turnbuckle
with your hand and rotate it a little bit at a time. Check your steering
wheel periodically while doing this until it appears to be centered
3. Try to make sure
that the bolts are pointing away from the track bar (rotate just the
bolt sleeve and not the turnbuckle itself if necessary) and then tighten
up the turnbuckle bolts.
4. Take your Jeep out
for a test ride and determine if you need to make any other adjustments.
It may take a few times to get it right but at least it is easy to
If you just installed a 2"-3" lift, that should be about
all you need to do. However, if your lift is 4" or greater, you
should seriously consider purchasing a set of adjustable control arms
so that you can properly set your caster. I am currently running on
my OEM control arms and for now, I seem to be doing just fine.
Please let me know if you have any questions.
I just wanted to personally thank Jerry Bransford for helping me to
correct an error I had on this write-up. Jerry, you are a wealth of
knowledge and a great guy!!