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Old 02-06-2011, 07:43 AM
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Question another front end alignment question '97 f250 FWD

i'm replacing front tires on my 1997 f250 heavy duty FWD. they're showing wear on the inside of the tire so i want to have the alignment done as well (hasn't been done since i got the truck few years ago). truck has stock suspension. took it to a local shop to get a price on the alignment. the price is $90 but then the mechanic said if offset cams are needed then it's $150 a piece.

i tried googling offset cams, alignment cams, camber bolts, etc, but i'm not getting any answers. i did see that camber bolts run about $50. so now i'm a bit confused by the quote i was given.

can someone explain this to me? i want to be a little more educated when i head back to the shop. what's the deal with these camber alignment bolts?

thanks in advance!
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Old 02-06-2011, 08:25 AM
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He's talking about offset camber bushings, they go below the castle nut of your upper ball joints, from spring wear your tires probably look like this viewed from the front, / \, unless it's lifted, then it's probably like this \ /.
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Old 02-06-2011, 03:24 PM
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Normally they wont need to change them unless youve done something pretty major to the front end, lift, lower, etc.
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Old 02-08-2011, 01:22 PM
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thanks!

no changes to the suspension. it's stock. new shocks and springs were replaced a while back when i first bought it.
i'm taking it to a shop someone on this board recommended (the front end shop in nj). i may pay a premium but sounds like i'll at least get quality service. i know what work has been done to the truck so hopefully they won't try to recommend replacement of parts not needed...
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