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Author Topic: steering alignment stuff  (Read 238 times)

remingtongoose77

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steering alignment stuff
« on: January 07, 2018, 09:21:32 PM »
Hello all,

I have 96 HD. I bought it last May, tore it down the the frame and cab, then began the rebuilding process. I'm getting close to being done.

I just finished hanging both axles and all steering and suspension and I noticed something in the front end.

I rebuild my front axle completely, stripped it and powder coated it, rebuilt the front hubs and spindles. I put in new bushings, honed them to fit the pins and put it together.

I just set my front bearing clearance to the GM manual, I have them at .005 axial play. When the truck is on the lift and the hubs are facing straight and you look at them it looks like the hub face is cambered out positive. Is it supposed to be like this? I assume if it had a bunch of weight on it the front axle would flex slightly and make the tire straight.

Remember the truck is living on my 2 post lift. I normally see some positive camber in independent front suspension trucks. As the tires move up the camber in, but this is an I beam front axle, and I have no experience with it. I'm not too worried because its all in spec, but for the life of me I cannot remember what it looked like when I bought it.

thanks all. 

ED-NY

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Re: steering alignment stuff
« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2018, 08:15:41 AM »
Any time I have axle questions I go to my local school bus garage, those folks work on them all of the time and have a high repair standard.

Did locate this motor home manual, front end I-beam specs are noted on page 3-2, might help some.

http://www.gmcmi.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/P30-Chassis-Manual.pdf

It appears GVW affects alignment specifications also.
« Last Edit: January 08, 2018, 08:18:45 AM by ED-NY »

 


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