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Old 05-06-2014, 05:04 PM
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Default 2011 ram Front Strut replacement...Alignment afterwards ?

Is an alignment required if only replacing the front shocks / struts
on my 2011 ram 1500 QC Sport.

I'm choked enough at having to replace them after only 38k kms and the steering rack was just replaced / alignment done only a month ago.

Is there a good how to giude to do this myself ?
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Naw, the coilover doesn't impact your steering geometry in any meaningful way. And alignment shops usually have a warranty for a few months, so they might be able to check it out after if you're paranoid.


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Naw, the coilover doesn't impact your steering geometry in any meaningful way. And alignment shops usually have a warranty for a few months, so they might be able to check it out after if you're paranoid.


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A coilover impacts your steering geometry in every meaningful way....


OP, I'd bring the truck back to the shop that you had do the alignment and ask them to check it. Most places will do a courtesy check for free. If everything looks good then leave it. If not it's definitely worth your money to get it all straightened out again. If you replaced OEM parts with OEM and didn't change the height at all everything should be okay however it's not something you want to risk being wrong.
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^^^This. Get an alignment check.
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A coilover impacts your steering geometry in every meaningful way....
Huh?

The only angle our coil overs can affect is the camber, and I made an assumption that he was replacing whatever is on his truck with a direct replacement. There may be some slight difference, but on a truck with 38K KMS, spring sag really doesn't become and issue.

Now, with a strut, everything changes. The strut is an integral part of the steering geometry.

Ask yourself this; would you get an alignment after changing the front shocks on a non-coil over vehicle? Springs hold the vehicle up, shocks control the springs bounce.


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Huh?

The only angle our coil overs can affect is the camber, and I made an assumption that he was replacing whatever is on his truck with a direct replacement. There may be some slight difference, but on a truck with 38K KMS, spring sag really doesn't become and issue.

Now, with a strut, everything changes. The strut is an integral part of the steering geometry.

Ask yourself this; would you get an alignment after changing the front shocks on a non-coil over vehicle? Springs hold the vehicle up, shocks control the springs bounce.


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Ram 1500's do have struts and they affect the suspension the same as a coil over. The camber and toe will both be affected by any change in height. You are correct that a direct replacement shouldn't change it however it doesn't hurt to get it checked.
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Shouldn't change but you definitely should get it checked afterward.
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