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Old 04-11-2011, 08:56 AM   #1
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front end check

whats the procedure ,what to look for, what to tighten,for checking for loose front end parts/nut and bolt tightening ,etc other than taking it to a shop-looking for someone who works on there own rig ,not a taking it to a-shop type of guy. i have air tools and a 1'' torques wrench and such available. it is a Spartan Alpine GT frame on a 1999 gulfstream. it didnt come with any manuals-thanks

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Old 04-11-2011, 01:33 PM   #2
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Other than doing a front end and power train lube every 3k miles, I just have the wife move the steering wheel back and forth in short cycles while I'm under the front end inspecting for excessive play. I check for play in the steering box, pitman arm, tie rod ends...everything from the steering box to the wheel ends. It helps when checking the king pins if you have a bottle jack and jack stands so you can get at least one of the tires off the ground so any excessive play will show itself. Also, make sure all dust boots are in place and in good shape so your grease stays uncontaminated.

I'd also recommend you have a front end alignment done just to make sure you running with the correct settings that can effect handling and excessive tire wear...well, unless the PO had this done and you know what you've got. Bob

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Old 04-11-2011, 06:27 PM   #3
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Mine came with a chassis note book with everything from a to z call spartan they should be able to help you.
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