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      06-03-2006, 10:58 PM   #1
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Outside shops can't align e90?

I just had my stock zsp springs replaced with Eibachs and I'm having trouble finding an outside shop who can do my alignments.

First shop I tried gave me a lame excuse that the car is not leveled (even though he admitted that the springs might still be settling) and that I should just bring it to the dealer to get their opinion. Don't know why he still can't do the alignments though (I should've asked).

The second shop told me that their alignment machine/computer is getting thrown off or affected by the car's navigation so they can't perform the alignment. Never heard that one before He said I need to bring it to the dealer because they'll have a special machine/computer to avoid this problem

Both shops do performance suspension services, including German/European cars - they even give BMWCCA member discount.

Does anyone had a similar problem? Is our car still too new for outsides shops to do alignments properly?

I have two more peformance/German Car shops to try, then if they can't do it I'll just have to eat the extra money that the dealer charges for alignments :mad:
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my garage has to take my car back to dealership to do align, they told me they have a new system for alignment for e90.
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i went to a store some time ago on me 2001 325 and they told me they could not do it without putting 4 150ib sand bags into the seats of the car.
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Guess it depends on the shops ability to stay current with technology!
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hmmm....I had not heard of this problem as of yet. Many here have replaced springs, etc.

I am supposed to get my car's alignment checked out soon after putting on HnR springs. I will give you update once I take it in.

Or...maybe Ryan at DTM can chime in here....
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I have H&R race springs installed an i got my alignment done at bear frame an wheel 14271 amar rd la puente ca 91746 ph#626-917-1418 ask for rick $85 for front an back. I can tell a big difference it feels just like when i had my stock zsp springs on. So if u ever make a trip this way give them a call they do a good job
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i went to a store some time ago on me 2001 325 and they told me they could not do it without putting 4 150ib sand bags into the seats of the car.
Sand bags?
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I have H&R race springs installed an i got my alignment done at bear frame an wheel 14271 amar rd la puente ca 91746 ph#626-917-1418 ask for rick $85 for front an back. I can tell a big difference it feels just like when i had my stock zsp springs on. So if u ever make a trip this way give them a call they do a good job
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i went to a store some time ago on me 2001 325 and they told me they could not do it without putting 4 150ib sand bags into the seats of the car.
The 2nd shop I went to told me to have a full tank of gas (or at least 90%) full. I think he said it's to get the correct 50/50 weight distribution to alight the car properly. But unfortunately, their machine couldn't do it
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