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    Before going to 33's I'm trying to get my alignment straightened out so I don't chew through a new set of tires...
    A bit of background my current tires (stock KM) are wearing excessively every other lug on the inside. Most notably on the front left. This is causing a very annoying vibration on the highway that resolves if I slow down or speed up out of the vibration speed range.


    I took it to town fair and they adjusted the toe to within spec.but my left front camber and caster are slightly out of spec. See attached*
    If my left front caster is low at 3 that means either my upper control arm is too long pushing the top of the axle forward. Or my lower control arm is too short pulling in the bottom of the axle backward. I have stock arms so I feel it's unlikely the upper one has lengthened and more likely the lower one took a rock and has shortened. It doesn't appear grossly different from the right side. (Similar rock rash)


    Basically I have two questions: #1 is the above logic correct? And #2 is the best course of action to replace control arms even though they don't look too bad?
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    Bad ball joint(s) in that side could explain it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jedg View Post
    Bad ball joint(s) in that side could explain it.
    So ball joints can affect both Camber and Caster?

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    Quote Originally Posted by spmitchell86 View Post
    So ball joints can affect both Camber and Caster?
    Yes, if they are worn.
    Have yours been checked for being worn?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ronjenx View Post
    Yes, if they are worn. Have yours been checked for being worn?
    It was into the dealer, they didn't suspect worn ball joints as cause. Also no movement with a prybar under the raised tire.

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    How often do you rotate your tires? Those and most mud terrains need to be rotated often.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheDirtman View Post
    How often do you rotate your tires? Those and most mud terrains need to be rotated often.
    Religiously pre 3,000k. 36,000 total now. The tires over all look really good otherwise tons of tread left.
    I do have a follow-up question is it possible the Wear is from out of whack toe? (Now corrected) And I'm overthinking the camber/caster?

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    Toe can be an issues, tire pressure, shocks. Lots of things that can cause tire wear.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheDirtman View Post
    Toe can be an issues, tire pressure, shocks. Lots of things that can cause tire wear.
    It's localized to every other inner front lug.
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    I haven't personally seen that on a JK, but at work with our big Mack trucks we find that a bad shock is usually what causes the every other lug wear pattern shown in that picture.

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