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Shock strut alignment question

lve got some HD Bilsteins for my 05 Jeep GC.

Question, if i change the shock ass only from stock to HD Bilsteins do i need an alignment after?

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Any good links how to do this swap?
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Old 02-07-2013, 09:08 AM
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Anytime you do anything with suspension you need an alignment.

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Old 02-07-2013, 11:05 AM
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Re: Shock strut alignment question

not entirely true. It's best,yes, but if you only remove/replace the strut, upper ball joint and swaylinks so you have room to work you should be ok. however if you mess with anything further....... YEP
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Re: Shock strut alignment question

better safe than sorry to get an alignment whenever youre doing work on struts and shocks
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Re: Shock strut alignment question

If your putting new shocks on. Align it, no if ands or buts. The new strut compared to the old strut will change drive angles. 9/10 times when I replace struts the front toe goes inward and a little camber increases. In turn, decreasing tire life.

When I replaced my OEM with bilsteins.. I shot it on my alignment rack and the measurements were huge diff. I JUST aligned it when I did my daystar lift a month prior. All I removed was the strut and the sway links.


To do the swap. I HIGHLY reccomend a spring compressor when changing out. You may be able to take the struts out and go to a local auto parts store or independent shop to swap them for you.

In my entire life (noob years) I took one strut apart without compressing it. I didn't think it was going to be bad and the thing blew apart due to the spring compression, not the shock. Luckly nobody was hurt except for a garage window.
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Re: Shock strut alignment question

I thought the OP was asking about changing the rear shocks only. When changing the rears only, any reason to do an alignment?
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I don't think there is any rear wheel alignment adjustment on a stock WJ/WK/WK2 but I could be wrong.

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Re: Shock strut alignment question

Yes , better safe then sorry .
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Re: Shock strut alignment question

Thanks guys. My local tame tyre and shock shop will change the front shocks and align for $190, they have all the right tools and do it quick and right, i dont like springs, and dont have all the right tools.
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Re: Shock strut alignment question

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I thought the OP was asking about changing the rear shocks only. When changing the rears only, any reason to do an alignment?
For the rear there are NO adjustments. Straight axle.
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Re: Shock strut alignment question

I don't know of any adjustments for camber, toe, etc. for the rear. They may just be checking for alignment of the axle, bent springs, links, etc.
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Re: Shock strut alignment question

Get the Firestone lifetime alignment. Best $120 I ever spent on each car I've owned. I take it in and get it re-aligned every 4-6 months just for kicks.
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