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    Default Wheel alignment necessary with torsion key leveling kit?

    I have a 99 silvy Z71 with Bilstein shocks all around. I'm looking at torsion key leveling kits to level out the front and fit 33's. I would love to go ahead and buy the lift now but i dont have all the money in hand to pay for the keys and an alignment. I've read on some of the descriptions of the keys that wheel alignment is either "recommended" or "should be watched carefully for 6 months for uneven wear, etc." Any help i could get with this would be awesome.

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    You need to get an alignment after you put a leveling kit on.

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    X3,on the alignment
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    I didnt get an alignment, and mine rides straight as it did before. Had the keys on there for about 3-4 months and dont see any wear on my tires. Then again, after I get rear blocks and max out my keys, I'll probably align it just in case.... as tires are much more expensive then an alignment and worth the investment.

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    x4 on alignment. It can have issues in alignment without feeling like it. Camber and toe can often be off and go un-noticed while ruining your tires.
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    X5, get the alignment.

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    X6 on getting the alignment. On any IFS, raising the frame/suspension, will change the camber, & changing it changes the toe in because it changes the steering geometry.
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    Well crap, looks like i'm getting an alignment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jwco5.3 View Post
    Well crap, looks like i'm getting an alignment.
    Lol, think of it this way, you pay at bare minimum $600 for tires, twice that if you have 33" all terrain tires, so you are just protecting your investment.

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