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Old 12-06-2019
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My M380 could use a front alignment. The first few truck shops I’ve called declined when I told them it has independent front suspension. Has anyone done their own? I have my own shop and tools.
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Is it wearing tires?
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Yes, but not an abnormal amount. It has an annoying pull to the right. I plan on rotating the tires, hoping that will help but i know it won’t stop the tire wear. I was also thinking I should weigh each of the front wheels and maybe adjust the tire pressure to match the load. What do you think?
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I watched my alignment shop work on my mine, major job, especially trying to turn the tie rod ends, and the upper control arm adjustments are a pia.
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What brand of tire and what kind of wear?
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The biggest issue will be the toe-in, because of corrosion in the threads and other pieces of the tie rods and joints. Other than that no different than on a car, just everything is BIGGER and HEAVIER. Unless you have hit something really hard I would not expect camber or castor to be off enough to cause problems. Toe can be adjusted with a flat floor and strings. I did mine when I changed a lower ball joint. Just one guy’s opinion.

I would swap front tires right to left etc. before I did any more to correct the pull to the right. Wind and road crown can affect tire wear and cause pulling.
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It may be time for the Fish Hook Alignment.
Who remembers this method???


"I want to show another way to do it.
It will require 2 redneck lasers,2 fish hooks,and a tape measure.
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"Redneck laser = red builders string.
This will be a fun seminar,we will all learn something!"

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It may be time for the Fish Hook Alignment.
Who remembers this method???


"I want to show another way to do it.
It will require 2 redneck lasers,2 fish hooks,and a tape measure.
no kidding!"

"Redneck laser = red builders string.
This will be a fun seminar,we will all learn something!"

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I am intrigued Bill... sounds like some of the methods I learned from my dad.. there were ways to do all this stuff before they had all these fancy computers..
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My M380 could use a front alignment. The first few truck shops I’ve called declined when I told them it has independent front suspension. Has anyone done their own? I have my own shop and tools.
I used Tampa Springs in Tampa Florida. $293.00 for 6 hours of alignment time. Come on down to sunny Florida.
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Try searching for any shops that do heavy truck repair. In my area the shops that can repair a firetruck for example or our MACK roll-off trucks has the tools & equipment including the drive on alignment rack. Watching a 43 LXi being driven on a 3 ft high rack was a little nerve racking however they do it everyday.
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