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Old 09-10-2012, 03:55 AM   #1
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So after a 3.5" spindle lift and new tires, i went to a local frame shop to get it aligned. He originally said $55 but stuck his head under, came back up and said nevermind $220. I was like, "like hell, for what?! you gonna throw a supercharger on it too???!!!" He said cause i lifted it, it now requires alignment cams instead of the preset shims. Techinally spindles arent a lift so i want to make sure i absolutely need those in order to have it properly aligned. Should i try the dealer? Any advice/opinions/experience, would be greatly appriciated.

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Old 09-10-2012, 05:32 AM   #2
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I would think he would at least need to get into it before deciding on cams, I thought you need more lift then that
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You need a camber kit. Its $20 per side. The dealer will align it for abot $100.
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Dealer said $391 Then after i declined, they wanted $90 just for telling me it needed a cam kit
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I'm running 37s and it' cost me $85 today to get an alignment.
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No thats bs, i have a spindle lift AND coilspacers and ive never needed a camber kit or whatever. Never cost me more than $70 to align and i have 33" tires
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Each truck is different.. You may need a camber kit not to fix camber but to fix the caster. I'd have to the current alignment specs.
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No thats bs, i have a spindle lift AND coilspacers and ive never needed a camber kit or whatever. Never cost me more than $70 to align and i have 33" tires
It really does depend on the individual application not every truck aligns the same
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I've done alignments for years, every truck is truly different but I found most of our trucks require at least one cam to be perfect. I would like to think your technician was merely covering himself. We charged 85 for an alignment, the parts are about 50 for all 4 adjusters and a half-hour per side labor. So the estimate sounds decent depending the labor rate.
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