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I have a 2002 dodge ram 1500 4X4 quad cab and I just installed a readylift leveling kit on the truck and put some new tires on. The 02 rams use torsion key leveling kits. I took the truck to a local shop to have it aligned as readylift recommends. The shop owner called and said that the leveling kit affects the rack and pinion steering because it changes the angle and is no longer parallel with the frame. He said this could cause irregular tire wear and alter the handling of the truck. I have not heard anything about this until now. Is this something I should be concerned about and if so is there a way to make the rack and pinion parallel again, maybe with spacers? Any help is appreciated. Thanks!
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I have a 2002 dodge ram 1500 4X4 quad cab and I just installed a readylift leveling kit on the truck and put some new tires on. The 02 rams use torsion key leveling kits. I took the truck to a local shop to have it aligned as readylift recommends. The shop owner called and said that the leveling kit affects the rack and pinion steering because it changes the angle and is no longer parallel with the frame. He said this could cause irregular tire wear and alter the handling of the truck. I have not heard anything about this until now. Is this something I should be concerned about and if so is there a way to make the rack and pinion parallel again, maybe with spacers? Any help is appreciated. Thanks!
call around i jut had my 7 inch cst lift put on and the alignment shop said i needed a camber kit.
so my alignment cost me 308 bucks with a discount.
i called cst they said out of the thousands of lists they installed 1\3 of them being the 7 inch they said they never needed or heard about needing a camber kit. then the shop that installed it said they would of put it in for free if i would of came back then another tire shop said it should of only been 150 for everything.
but i found all ths out the day after getting the camber kit and losing 300 bucks! so before they do anything like that call around try calling readylift and some local shops
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i was thinking about a kit,this helps
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i wouldnt worry about it a leveling kit isnt going to change the angle of the rack and pinion enought to affect steering now if you have a huge lift then i would get tie rod end spacers but for your situation i wouldnt worry
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Thats BS! if they aligned it right there will be nooo problems at all
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A leveling kit changes the caster, camber and toe angles significantly and can result in a poor handling truck.
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if i could ask, how does it change caster? I know it changs camber and toe but the wheel isnt being moved back or forward to change where the knuckle sits. Is caster adjustable on a 1500?
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when it changes the camber and toe it will knock caster out as a result and im not sure caster is adjustable maybe with aftermarket eccentrics or cambolts
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Caster and camber are adjusted via slots in the upper control arm mounts.
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i figured just wasnt sure thanks for clearing that up!
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