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      08-17-2009, 10:20 AM   #1
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E90 LCI H&R sport drop, need alignment?

Hey guys, this will be my first drop on a BMW. Has anyone here have needed an alignment after dropping their E90 LCI with H&R sport springs?


I would appreciate the feedback.

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Changing springs is basically by definition going to change your camber. This may however be a good thing. I wouldn't expect it to change caster or toe.
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Changing springs is basically by definition going to change your camber. This may however be a good thing. I wouldn't expect it to change caster or toe.
You really never know. We always recommend getting an alignment after any suspension modification. $80 is cheaper than having your $200/ea rear tires wear prematurely.
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You really never know. We always recommend getting an alignment after any suspension modification. $80 is cheaper than having your $200/ea rear tires wear prematurely.
$80 is what the BMW dealer charges? I heard some local shops donít have the specific tools to do the correct alignment for the BMW.
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$80 is what the BMW dealer charges? I heard some local shops don’t have the specific tools to do the correct alignment for the BMW.
I highly doubt its $80 at the dealer and Jon didn't suggest that. Besides that, most BMW dealers won't align a car with aftermarket suspension. Search in the local section or ask around, I'm sure there is a good alignment shop in your area.
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has anyone on here have not done an aligment after a drop on just H&R springs on a E90LCI?
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Search! an alignment is necessary. I dropped my E90 pre LCI on H&R sport and got an alignment.

It seems you think there's a difference regarding this matter whether it's LCI or not?!?!
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Search! an alignment is necessary. I dropped my E90 pre LCI on H&R sport and got an alignment.

It seems you think there's a difference regarding this matter whether it's LCI or not?!?!
nope, just wanted to be specific.. how much did they charge you for your alignment and where did you get it at?
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I had my alignment done at a race shop in Orlando, I think it was ~ $130 if I remember correctly.
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$80 is what the BMW dealer charges? I heard some local shops donít have the specific tools to do the correct alignment for the BMW.
Anyone with one of the newer Hunter machines (which use the lasers on the top, I'm sure you've seen them) will be able to do it properly. $80 is what my local shop charges and that's in Silicon valley, so it should be cheaper elsewhere.
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Should get an alignment after doing a drop.

BMW dealer will ask for $400 - I remember them asking me that much for an alignment. I went to a local shop that does the alignment for most dealerships(they outsource to them I found out) ended up paying $90 for it.
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