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      08-23-2006, 01:47 PM   #1
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Lowering car: Alignment right away or wait a week to settle?

Hey all,

I'm getting suspension work done this weekend (H&R sport springs and sways + Koni Yellows) and was told by the shop that I should wait a week after the install to get an alignment done - to allow the car to settle.

Anybody else also waited a bit before doing the alignment? Is it bad if I get the alignment done with the install? Thanks!
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Hey all,

I'm getting suspension work done this weekend (H&R sport springs and sways + Koni Yellows) and was told by the shop that I should wait a week after the install to get an alignment done - to allow the car to settle.

Anybody else also waited a bit before doing the alignment? Is it bad if I get the alignment done with the install? Thanks!
You should drive it around for a week and let it settle before you get it aligned.
It's not bad to do it right after but it might be off with the measurements.
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i drove mine around for a few days before getting it aligned. one of the shops here in the bay area that does installs has an alignment machine, and they'll do it right away. but i see no harm in waiting a week just to make sure things are settled.
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Thanks guys! I guess if I want to do it the right way, the alignment will be put on hold for a week.

Rob - during those days before you got your alignment, did you notice any pulling or other signs of uneven wear while you were driving?
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On my previous vehicle, I lowered it myself, then immediately aligned it myself. The alignment stayed perfect for 1 year, till I hit a HUGE pot hole...

I would recomend an immediate alignment, to avoid excess tire wear during that week. Most places offer a short "guarantee" on their alignments, so you could go back and have it checked a week later...

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On my previous vehicle, I lowered it myself, then immediately aligned it myself. The alignment stayed perfect for 1 year, till I hit a HUGE pot hole...

I would recomend an immediate alignment, to avoid excess tire wear during that week. Most places offer a short "guarantee" on their alignments, so you could go back and have it checked a week later...

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I'll check around for the guarantee that you mentioned - I'm pretty sure that the shop that I'm doing the install at won't agree to do a second alignment if I ask them to do it right away. But there is another shop that does ONLY alignments in my area, and I'll probably check with them.

If I can't find a shop that'll do a second alignment, I'm not too worried - I average less than 250 miles a week.
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Thanks guys! I guess if I want to do it the right way, the alignment will be put on hold for a week.

Rob - during those days before you got your alignment, did you notice any pulling or other signs of uneven wear while you were driving?
didn't notice anything. the alignment guy said the alignment wasn't too far off.
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i drove for about 2,000 miles before doing my alignment............
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i drove for about 2,000 miles before doing my alignment............
yeah?
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yeah?
some people don't even do an alignment after lowering the car..........

Longtran......hahaha!

Not mentioning any names..........
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and those people later say "why do my tires wear out so fast, and make so much noise??" or "how come when I'm on the freeway and I let go of the wheel, my car doesn't go straight???"
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some people don't even do an alignment after lowering the car..........

Longtran......hahaha!

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The secret to why that foo changes his wheels so often comes out!!!
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