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Wheels Will Not Point Straight

So I just finished doing my suspension mods, pretty much new everything, and I am trying to get everything buttoned up. The problem I have is that, on the front wheels, when one is pointed straight then the one on the other side is turning out. Is this something I can change by adjusting my tie rods? If I do adjust this with my tie rods will it affect the steering geometry at all?

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The steering geometry changed when you lowered the car . Get the wheels as straight as you can by adjusting the tierod ends , a little toe-in is better than toe-out . Than you need to get to an alignement shop asap .


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Yes you can adjust the tie rod on the tire thats not straight and tigten it to pull the tire in or loosen it to push it out but your alignment will be off depending on how straight you really get it but it should get close enough to drive it to a shop to get it done

Note: if the tie rod is behind the front end/reversed then just reverse what i said and tighten to push it out or loosen to pull it in
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Yes, you can adjust your outer tie rods to get your wheels closer, but I would definitely recommend taking your car to get an alignment because its very difficult to align your front wheels without an alignment rack used in most shops.

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I dont know about those newer cars or if the tires are the same width all the way around but i use to use the old string trick and wrap it around all four tires and adjust the front until the string was flush all the way around it works great believe it or not
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I am just trying to get it good enough to get to an alignment shop. The car is not my daily driver so I'm just gonna get it as close as I can and then wait for spring to do the alignment.
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+1 what everybody else said. Get it as close as possible at home by adjusting the tie rod ends. Then drive to a professional shop and have an alignment done.

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The 4 jackstands, string and ruler method works extremely well. Rabbit and I used it on my car when we did the K-Member install.

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And not very many people know that trick but ive done it on an old ford bronco once and actually got it perfect never had it done profesionally
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The 4 jackstands, string and ruler method works extremely well. Rabbit and I used it on my car when we did the K-Member install.
It can be time consuming, but it works. I did it again after putting a six inch lift on my truck. The guy at the alignment shop couldn't believe how close to spec it was, considering two dummies did it with measuring tape and a beer in one hand.
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It can be time consuming, but it works. I did it again after putting a six inch lift on my truck. The guy at the alignment shop couldn't believe how close to spec it was, considering two dummies did it with measuring tape and a beer in one hand.
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