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Old 11-05-2012, 05:40 PM
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Hi all, I'm getting my new tires and wheels put on after hitting that pot hole a couple of weeks ago. I'm thinking a front end alignment may be necessary! Is an alignment at any place the same? Or should I go to a dealership or a place that specializes in exotic cars? Any help would be appreciated, thanks!


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If I'm not mistaken you will need all four wheels aligned.
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Old 11-05-2012, 11:13 PM
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U need all four aligned and i believe there are special shims that are used
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Old 11-05-2012, 11:59 PM
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I called some shops in the south Denver area and nobody would do it. One guy said he could put it on the rack, but would not adjust anything because he did not have access to the ballasting or parts (shims). He seemed to know a bit about the car's needs and said 400-500 was probably about right for the time it would actually take to do the alignment as opposed to the $89 he charges. So, good luck.


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Old 11-06-2012, 12:34 AM
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400-500 is way out of line for an alignment. 200 or so is more like it
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Old 11-06-2012, 12:58 AM
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Maybe, but when there's ONE place to go and that's their rate...


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Old 11-06-2012, 01:32 AM
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Well just so you know my alignment took two hours if that helps ya out, something to go by anyway
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Old 11-06-2012, 02:22 AM
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Thanks all! Yah they told me about 2-3 hours at an exotic car place near me. and $250


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Old 11-06-2012, 02:09 PM
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I got mine done at a Les Schwab. Not just any L.S. though. this one is down the street from the local Masi/ Ferrari dealer. They worked out a deal to get L.S, a $40,000 upgrade to their rack to handle exotics. They charged $140.00.


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Old 11-06-2012, 11:48 PM
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I used NTB. They were able to do it both front and back. Charged more than other vehicles but, seems they did a nice job,
Don't remember how much though.


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Old 11-07-2012, 12:09 AM
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The cost of an alignment, if done correctly, is based on the time it takes. If everything needs to be adjusted and adjusted a lot, it could take a few hours to do.

Typically I charge 2hrs and get it done in 2hrs. Now and then I get one that wants 3-4 hours. The camber and caster adjustments are made with shims which only shops that work with these cars frequently will have in stock.

To adjust front camber, the car has to be lifted, wheel removed, buts loosened and shims removed or replaced, then re-calibrated. Can be quite a process.

The biggest issue with taking the car anywhere for an alignment is that many production shops skimp on keeping their machines serviced and calibrated. If the alignment equipment isn't calibrated accurately your alignment won't be right.

The other issue is the car should be driven by the tech after an alignment for quality verification. Sometimes guys see this as a chance for a once in a lifetime joy ride...

Also keep in mind if you have the alignment performed by a shop with great chassis and suspension setup experience, the factory specs can be tweaked for an enhanced setup.

I personally never set a car up by factory recommendation. I have my own setups which have been proven to work extremely well.


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The dealer talked us into an alignment at my 18,000 mile service . The car was driven home about 67 miles.
Next morning taking the car to our tire dealer for retorquing the lugs we found out all the lugs lose and two missing . The car now shakes at 60 mph and up . The front tires were new when the tires were retorqued .Rebalancing did not improve it. For over $400 I do not know if the car was aligned or the alignment completed since it was nearing closing time . Obviously the dealer will not own up to it .What else could be damaged ? Warped wheels ? Front end ?
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Old 11-07-2012, 12:47 AM
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Nishan, were the missing lug bolts replaced? Is the car a Coupe or Spyder? Sometimes cowl shake in the Spyder is mistaken for wheel vibration?


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The car is a coupe . Yes the missing lugs were replaced soon after retorquing the missing lugs .
What do you think ? Earlier you mentioned shims ,I wonder if the dealer never finished the alignment ,could he have left out some shims or never tightened the nuts ?
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Correction .The missing lugs were replaced soon after retorquing the "OTHER LOSE" lug bolts
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