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This is a discussion on DIY Wheel Alignment within the Maverick Builds, Projects, How-Tos forums, part of the Can-Am Maverick Forums category; Was just browsing through the threads and didn't remember seeing anything about DYI wheel alignment. Thought I'd share this little trick that works good for ...

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    DIY Wheel Alignment

    Was just browsing through the threads and didn't remember seeing anything about DYI wheel alignment. Thought I'd share this little trick that works good for me. Might be helpful to those who plan to change out the tie/radius rods. Using this technique, both front and back wheels can be checked and adjusted at the same time.

    Step 1) Set up two jack stands with a string pulled tight, position so string is a couple inches away from the outside of wheels and at the same height as wheel hubs.
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    Step 2) Measue off the frame at two different points (front and back) and move the jacks/string until measurement is same at both spots from the frame.
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    Step 3) Measure the front and back of wheel to the string and adjust tie rod accordingly.
    NOTE: When checking front wheels, make sure steering wheel is centered.
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    Step 4) Repeat process for other side.
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    I read this in another forum and tried it but it didn't work out but that one didn't have pictures and didn't mention the use of jack stands. I think I could do it now thanks.

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    FYI the dealer charges 150.00 bucks for this, and no alignment shop I checked with would even touch it.


    Thanks for info. Tim

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    If anyones in Phoenix area with a little more complex alignment you can take it to Network alignment on Cave Creek. Great guys. They do off road stuff... They pretty much let me use their rack and helped me align my LT kit while working with Alex CT on the phone...charged me $100....cant beat that...

    For just getting to-in front and rear SoCal's way would work great...
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    with the string method use ratchet straps to hold you steering wheel straight. Works good

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    I have to try this, how much tow in is recommended running the same type of tires you have up front?

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    MY SHOp in salt lake city does them on sxs for $69

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    What we need also is the front and rear toe settings. If I remember right last time I asked Alex this it was zero front and rear. Tim

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    I know there are different toe in & out recommendations for specific tires and riding style. But, I just used the specs in the shop manual. I have rear set at "0" toe and front set at about 1/8" toe out. That seems like a good setting for the sand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DuneDog View Post
    with the string method use ratchet straps to hold you steering wheel straight. Works good
    That's a good point. I haven't had to used those yet...usually have the wife hold the steering wheel for me. LOL

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