I just replaced all of my suspension components (Shocks, Springs, Hangers, Shackles) on my Ford Excursion with that of an F350 + a few modifications to make the rake appear level. I also have slightly larger than stock (33"x11") tires on 18" rims.
I would like the alignment checked. The truck drives/steers perfectly. But I believe my camber / toe could still be off from the suspension change. I don't want to ruin my new tires.
My question: Why are shops telling me they can't align my vehicle "because factory specs no longer apply"? What does that even mean? Specs for what? My understanding is that for Toe and Camber, you simply want none / flat on the pavement. Are "factory specs" just for Caster? And I guess the question would be, ok who cares - so set it to factory then? I don't see how an extra 2" of suspension would change factory spec for toe/camber, maybe slightly for Caster? Furthermore, I was told (by a shop who refused) to seek out an old-school tape measure, string and marker style alignment shop. Why is that? Why can't someone use a computerized alignment machine? Pretty shocked / lost here. I've had non-stock trucks all my life and have never run into this previously, until attempting to get it done here in Ontario Canada.
If I have to go looking all over for a competent alignment shops, i'd like to be more educated on this so I can ask the right question. The non-stock = we can't policy seems like pure cop-out idiocy or blind corporate policy. Looking for some education. Thanks!