Join Date: Oct 2018
Location: The great Pacific Northwest
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Update: After studying the print-out from the failed alignment attempt I realized the caster and camber were easily within spec. I don't have any idea how that tech got the idea I needed to take the van to the dealer. The toe, however, was out, but not as expected. Because the steering rack is behind the axle, one would expect the lift to create a small amount of toe-out, but in this case the LF tire was dead on and the RF was slightly toed in! Must have been even more toed in before the lift. I took it to a different shop; they easily adjusted the toe and all is well. Just got back from a 3 week 4180 mile road/camping trip through the 4 corners area and everything worked well.
As for the lift-or-not-to-lift debate, the immediate benefit of raising the front end is a better view down the highway with less hunching over the steering wheel. I'm a 6'1" guy with a tall sitting height and the difference provided by the lift is palpable. And, yes, it does look better. I intend to do the rear leaf removal mod next.
My van is a diesel and the intake plumbing after the charge cooler is precariously exposed and vulnerable under the front end, so the additional clearance provided a bit of reassurance on the deeply rutted Chaco Canyon road, among others. Some sort of additional protection is on the to-do list.
One last note: I appreciate the comments about "real 4WD" rigs for the rough stuff, and carrying a dirt bike. My PM replaces this rig because my traveling companion requires more creature comforts than I do. I appreciate being able to get dressed standing upright though.