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Unread 03-27-2010, 09:34 PM   #1
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Default Alignment again

I have a 6" spindle lift with 12" rims and 23" tires. I can not seem to get the alignment right. When I toe them in 1/8 - 1/4 the right (passenger) tire grabs when turning left. The only fix I have found is to toe the right tire out until it starts scrubbing while going straight. Any suggestions are welcome as they relate.
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Unread 03-27-2010, 09:39 PM   #2
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Not sure but are the links the same length so the steering arm is centered?
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Unread 03-27-2010, 09:46 PM   #3
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I wasn't clear, the pitman arm must be centerd or the ackerman will be off and you will scuff the tires.
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Unread 03-27-2010, 09:49 PM   #4
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That is a good question. I have center them according to the threads, but am not sure how that relates to the steering arm. I made an assumption that if they looked even from the front that they were even. I know nothing about alignment and have been throwing darts at the board trying to figure it out.
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Unread 03-27-2010, 09:56 PM   #5
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"I wasn't clear, the pitman arm must be centerd or the ackerman will be off and you will scuff the tires."

Thanks for the reply. Looks like I have additional reseach to do before I can resovle. I really have no clue about alignment.
1. Google pitman arm
2. Google ackerman
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Unread 03-27-2010, 11:41 PM   #6
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Have the wife swing the steering from left to rt a few times while you lay under the cart, have her stop when the arm off the steering is centered(it doesn't matter where the tires are) now redo your alignment so both tires have a slight toe in.
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Unread 03-27-2010, 11:46 PM   #7
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All you have to do ie disconnect the tie rod where it comes out of the rack.Then you want to take the rear shaft and loosen the jam nuts and adjust the tow in and out of the front wheels by turning the sleeve in or out.you want an 1/8 inch of tow in.Once you get that done and the wheels are straight you need to adjust the tie rod end on the rack to fit the new position.You need to keep the wheel straight while doing this.You can do this with the wheels off the ground.Make sure you put cotter keys in when you get done.
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Unread 03-28-2010, 10:50 AM   #8
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Thanks guys. I will be working on it today.
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Unread 03-29-2010, 03:17 PM   #9
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Update:
Did the alignment again (thanks for the info) and took it for a spin only to find that the right started grabbing again. Jacked it up and found that the kingpin on that side was loose. Bearings and bushings on that side are shot, probably due to the loose kingpin. I will be replacing bearings/bushings as well as installing a bump steering kit. I hope that does it.
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Unread 03-29-2010, 04:53 PM   #10
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Update:
Did the alignment again (thanks for the info) and took it for a spin only to find that the right started grabbing again. Jacked it up and found that the kingpin on that side was loose. Bearings and bushings on that side are shot, probably due to the loose kingpin. I will be replacing bearings/bushings as well as installing a bump steering kit. I hope that does it.
Let us know how it works out for ya.BTW nice lookin cart.
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