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This is a discussion on Alignment within the Suspension and Handling forums, part of the General Help category; So I put an entire aftermarket front suspension on my 2000 T/A. Here's the list: K-member Adjustable Upper and Lower ...

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    So I put an entire aftermarket front suspension on my 2000 T/A. Here's the list:

    K-member
    Adjustable Upper and Lower Control Arms
    AFCO Coilovers
    Solid Sway Bar
    Manual Steering Rack

    Needless to say, I needed a serious alignment, which it is getting as I type this. I didn't tighten the endlinks down all of the way, just enough for the nut to be contacting all of the threads. My question is this...If I decided I need to tighten the end links some more, will doing that throw my alignment off any?

    Also, I'm running stock height in the rear, but I'm planning on doing the heater hose mod (about a 3/4" - 1" drop in the rear). Will doing that throw the FRONT alignment off? I know I'll have to mess with my adjustable panhard and LCAs, but those adjustments don't really need an alignment machine.

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    They should all be tightened by the machanic while he is doing the alignment. I know when i do an alignment i tighten the piss out of the lock nuts on the tie rod ends, control arms, etc. As far as the rear goes it might cause the front to move, if it does it will be very minamal. I was always told to make the rear adjustments first then make the front adjustments, im guessing it may cause the front to move and it will be a better referance for the machine to get you closer to the actual spec. ohh and yes tighting the nuts more after the alignment will casuse it to move a little.
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