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post #31 of 35 (permalink) Old 03-03-2019, 03:41 AM
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Removing the sub frame in this way, does ot affect the alignment?
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Removing the sub frame in this way, does ot affect the alignment?
Yes, it does; but if you put it back EXACTLY like it came out, it won't.

I'd still get the car 4-wheel aligned after I put it all back, though.

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There are alignment holes between the front pair of bolts on each side, place 3/4" tubes in the holes before you torque them down and you're set. Alignment will be fine unless the K member wasn't centered before.

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There are alignment holes between the front pair of bolts on each side, place 3/4" tubes in the holes before you torque them down and you're set. Alignment will be fine unless the K member wasn't centered before.
Remember the year (2017 IIRC) that it seems like EVERYBODY was retorquing the front subframe bolts?

Yah, I had to get mine realigned after that, because it wasn't quite 100% square.

So I'd bet that the subframe is currently not quite 100% square also in the OP's car.

So ... yah, I'd schedule an alignment, even with the dowels. Can't hurt it any.

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Removing the sub frame in this way, does ot affect the alignment?
Doing it the way I mentioned with the longer bolts will not prevent alignment from being disturbed somehow, I did it this way mainly to make it easier on myself as I was working alone.

Not fighting the whole super-heavy behemoth while you lower it and while you try to keep it from sloping sideways and possibly hitting the floor or bending something is such a relief, same goes for putting it back on. I simply cannot think of a safer way to manage the whole task if you dont have a helping hand just as I didn't at the time.

I didn't have to realign the suspension as I was extra cautious to make marks on key parts to prevent them from moving around. Still, an alignement job is something I'd consider if my tires were new/expensive, mine are cheap and almost shot... and the car now behaves as it did and as it should (straight, no weird pulling sideways or crooked looking tires)
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