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      04-06-2007, 10:32 AM   #23
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On a somewhat related manner, where can we go for alignment outside of the dealerships? Would a regular tire shop be able to properly align our E90s?
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i believe you have the answer to that

+ most maybe can agree to let the car settle for a couple or days or miles before you get an alignment done. the dealership would be the best call

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i believe you have the answer to that
I knew that
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well its still your call, but time constraint is your no. 1 enemy.
If you like a DIY, and do a cost benefit analysis and see if its all worthwhile.

Im eager to see the final product, coz Im also tempted to complement my sway bars.

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On a somewhat related manner, where can we go for alignment outside of the dealerships? Would a regular tire shop be able to properly align our E90s?
Donny,

I had a good experience with the NTB store off Randolph Rd at Nebel (12241 Nebel St, Rockville, MD 20852, Phone: (301) 881-6134).

I hit a pothole and needed an alignment in the worst way. Tischer could not take me for three weeks (!!), so I went to NTB, where I had a good experience with my wife's accord.

Derrick, one of their alignment techs did a great job, better than Tischer did some months ago, in my opinion. Their machine did not have the 2007 alignment specs programmed in, but I checked with Tischer and was told that the specs were that same for the 325 and 328. Derrick's alignment also reduced tramlining substantially.

The manager called this a specialty alignment (~$135), but when I checked out he gave me a three year alignment agreement for the same price--well below what a BMW dealership would charge.

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Rich, thank you for the recommendation. Sounds good

The numbers look good, will definitely give them a try.
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I would let the car settle for at least a week of casual driving before doing an alignment. This will make sure that the springs compress and find their happy spot.

I had my Audi and Civic alignment done at Craven Goodyear in Fairfax, VA. Very good guys and good work. I think quiet a few e46 guys go there as well.
I do not have their number handy.

The suspension installation is not too difficult especially if you have a lift and power tools. I have installed coilovers in my Audi and Civic and it is not too bad. You definitely need some type of spring compressor and a impact wrench would be good. I have a cordless impact gun that is a life saver. I maybe able to offer some assitance but cannot guarantee. Busy with work and a 3 month old baby.

Contact Pro Imports in Germantown, MD. I believe they do not charge too much for installing suspension.

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Hey thanks PSI power...one more for the reference directory
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Ill have to bookmark this thread...

Once the car is paid off, I think I might do the Koni FSD/Eibach kit... Ill definitely be doing the FSD's considering the amount of highway driving that I do (and the 'quick' bumps get old real quick on the highway).

After looking at my car and how much it seems like its riding on stilts (even with ZSP suspension), I might do the eibach springs as well...


Im going to have to wait until about January though before that one happens. But I might be springing for a dedicated winter tire setup as well, so this might be an expensive winter coming up...
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AJ, the Koni FSD/Eibach Pro-kit combo will go well with the 19" 230s you've been eyeing

I saw someone's account of this setup only on an E90 and 19" non-RFT and he claimed it was the most optimum setup in terms of ride/handling compromise.

I hope to have everything done by next month's meet
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AJ, the Koni FSD/Eibach Pro-kit combo will go well with the 19" 230s you've been eyeing

I saw someone's account of this setup only on an E90 and 19" non-RFT and he claimed it was the most optimum setup in terms of ride/handling compromise.

I hope to have everything done by next month's meet
IDK... I still might be looking for some 19 inch BBS CH's... If I do that, I dont need to go with a winter setup, because I can get the toyo proxes 4's I have been looking to get, and they do have those in proper 19 inch sizes...

but I would like to do the FSD's as a minimum...
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Jesse,

Called Sammy! about your need to get eibach installed this wkends and its a headsup. at around $200+ labor. Road Race Technologies want $360 for 4 hrs or labor.
This doesnt include Alignment btw. I'll wait for your PM/call tonight
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Be sure to allow ample time to schedule with Sammy, he gets busy at times...where's Road Race?
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Be sure to allow ample time to schedule with Sammy, he gets busy at times...where's Road Race?
http://www.roadracetech.com/

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Ahhh so that's $360 all in. Can't beat Sammy's price though, I'll check all the leads out when the time comes. I can't wait for the springs
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Who's Sammy?
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Donny, can I take a spin with it to see the ride, Im tempted
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Ase's tech contact, PM him for more details. Sammy's located in Springfield,VA
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Donny, can I take a spin with it to see the ride, Im tempted
No prob...F1 is also interested in the end results.
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Sammy is popular local mechanic, who did good and now owns 2 gas stations in my area. Very reputable amongst foreign car enthusiast around my neighborhood Currys wanted $450 to install a e90 sway bar, he did it for $230. BMW wants $110 to install a Dinan SSK, he did iy for $40. etc.
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No prob...F1 is also interested in the end results.
well Jesse, may get his done by this wkend.
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