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NHWK05 01-11-2012 02:47 PM

Front Tires Chopping
I know what your all going to say. get an alignment. Ive had 3. About a year ago a lady cut out in front of me and i hit her pass side as she drove past me. It required new headlights, grille, bumper cover, support, tow hook, and some (what i was told to be minor) frame straightening. everything was shifted about 1/8" +/- as far as the hood alignment and front end parts prior to repair. Im not sure on the specs of the frame damage. A very well known and trusted shop did the work on my jeep. They've work on it and many of my families other vehicles before. They have all state of the art equipment as well.

When the jeep was done and aligned i felt like it still had a tiny bit of pull. I worked at a shop at the time so we re did the alignment and got everything perfect. My last set of tires were chopping just on the shoulders of the fronts so we did it again. We did it 3 times total and every time it came out perfect and barely needed any adjustment according to the Hunter alignment rack it was on. The tires were junk any way so i figured they were too far gone to wear even. I just put on snow tires about a month and a half ago and today i noticed that the fronts are again chopping on the shoulders. WTF. Now i dont work at a shop any more and i dont have the $$ for another alignment thats most likely going to say everything is fin.

Does this mean that the frame is still out of whack from the accident? I know they have tolerances to go by when the straighten the frame after an accident so is it possible they were at the bare minimum?

What should i do? I need new tires in the spring and i dont want to spend $800 plus on tires that are going to get trashed because of this.

Bikemobile 01-12-2012 09:06 PM

Re: Front Tires Chopping
This may be outdated advice but i was always told to get alignments done with new tires and never with the ones that are worn out from the bad alignment. I guess it depends on the machine used?? Did you do your 3 alignments on your old worn tires?

I didnt think you could "straighten" the unibody if it affected suspension alignment?? Did they replace the front subframe or just tweak it back to shape? I would suspect a tweaked front subframe in your case.

NHWK05 01-13-2012 07:55 AM

Re: Front Tires Chopping
I have not had an alignment done since i put the snow tires on because i had just dont the alignment a month or less prior and i can no longer do them for free. The front end was shifted ever so slightly. The shop did not have to replace any frame pieces but they had to pull it back in to spec. Im going to call the shop today and see what they suggest.

kennzz05 01-15-2012 11:21 PM

Re: Front Tires Chopping
might wanna call your insurance co. and let them know its potentially going to need more work as well

NHWK05 01-16-2012 07:39 AM

Re: Front Tires Chopping
I spoke to the body shop and they suggested having a new alignment shop do an alignment and look everything over. Then if they say there is an issue then they will take another look at my jeep at the body shop. I will keep a paper trail of everything ive done so i can submit it to my insurance company for reimbursement.

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