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Old November 16th, 2004, 11:06 AM
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After replacing all the ball joints except for the drop arm ball joint, my left front wheel is turned slightly out, maybe a 1/2 inch. I measured before and after replacing the joints. It drives straight but when on the hiway when making a lane change it feels like it wants to jump into the next lane forcing you to overcorrect. Maybe the wheels were like that before but never noticed. Can I fix it myself or should I take it to a local garage to have it aligned?
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Old November 16th, 2004, 12:46 PM
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Should be easy enogh to fix yourself, I have done some on the trail, and have been told they drove the same as before things were bent.
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Old November 16th, 2004, 12:55 PM
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Thanks Mike,

I also noticed the track rod or tie rod is slightly bent. But I am sure it has been that way for awhile. Leavinjg on a trip this week and the last thing I needed was to spend more money and time dinking around with this. Oh well.
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Old November 16th, 2004, 01:02 PM
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LOL, compaired to what you have been doing this "should" be easy.
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Old November 16th, 2004, 01:15 PM
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Get the track rod straight first then it's quite possible to sort the tracking yourself with nothing more complex than a tape measure. Aim for about 1-2mm toe in. If you leave it as it is you'll be adding two tyres to the list of things to get for the Land Rover 'cause you'll scrub them out in no time
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Old November 16th, 2004, 01:41 PM
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Yes, getting some of the ball joints off required a torch, puller, fork and hammer all at the same time before they popped. I just dont need this right now. I had to put one of my Black Labs to sleep yesterday and this is the last thing I want to deal with right now. I will tackle the job soon and report back.
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Old November 16th, 2004, 02:53 PM
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I thought you wanted toe out. Is there a consensus on this?
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Old November 16th, 2004, 03:02 PM
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I thought you wanted toe out. Is there a consensus on this?
Michael Green over at West Coast British suggested 1/16 toe out. I am starting to wonder if it should be somewhere in between, like straight
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Old November 18th, 2004, 04:15 PM
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Well shoot me down in flames
On checking the manual what do I find but 0 - 2mm toe out
I've been told wrong.
It was explained to me that the wheels toe out slightly when on the road and the steering is better with a slight bit of toe in.
Maybe that's the logic for more travel worn Land Rovers like mine?
I did set the steering to 0 once and it tended to wander on the road. This went away with a little bit of toe in?
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Old November 18th, 2004, 04:30 PM
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Thanks. I set it slightly toe out. I'll see what that does.
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Kevin,

Sorry to hear about your dog. My golden passed in June, the house hasn't been the same sence.

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