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Alignment and suspension changes

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I posted the below in the general forum but haven't received a response. Maybe I posted in the wrong sub-forum? I'm hoping this more specific forum can give a response.

I'm planning to change my struts and control arms soon. I have KYB SR4202 struts and the instructions say they should be allowed to settle, but give no guidance on time/ mileage or distance (height). Is there a rule of thumb for how long they should take to settle or how many inches they should settle?

Presuming I have to drive or wait a while before alignment to let the struts settle, and I want to change the control arms at the same time as the struts... can I drive a while with new control arms installed? Or do I need to change the struts, let them settle in and then change the control arms and take it immediately after to get an alignment?

I have an '08 Frontier 2WD. I plan to get new tires just before the alignment as well.

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Your best bet would be to do all the work at once, get it aligned, take it back in 30 days to have the alignment rechecked.
Thanks for the reply. I talked to KYB to confirm what they meant by let it settle and they said it won't affect alignment. The "warning" is more like don't be surprised if it's high at first - it will drop 1" to 1.25". They said it will not affect alignment and to just do it right away, so I will do all the work at once and then get it aligned as you suggest. For peace of mind I like your suggesion to recheck in a month - thanks again.
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