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Old 04-24-2013, 09:02 PM   #1
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Need a Long Island Alignment/Repair shop recommendation near Levittown. My 2003 WRX only lasts a few months driving well after an alignment; gets very hard to keep straight in the wind and gets worse over time. I have replaced almost every wear item up front to no avail. Need a place that can diagnosis it as well as align it.

TKX Performance did a great alignment over the summer but in only lasted till Christmas. They are a bit too expensive and inconvenient to go to, as well as booked up.
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Old 04-24-2013, 10:47 PM   #2
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Old 04-25-2013, 10:33 PM   #3
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Are you recommending from your own personal experience?
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Old 04-26-2013, 09:01 AM   #4
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Old 04-28-2013, 12:42 PM   #5
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How did the alignment only last til xmas? Did you go back to them to find out what happened?

Anything wrong mechanically with the car? Unless you're in a hurricane wind I don't see how it's hard to keep straight in the wind.

What exactly happens?
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Old 05-02-2013, 06:32 PM   #6
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It's been an ongoing issue. There has to be something wrong but no one has been able to find anything wrong (I have replaced almost every wear item but the issue still exists). That's why I'm looking for a shop that does alignments and will do a proper diagnostic.
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Old 05-04-2013, 09:34 AM   #7
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The alignment changes in the front or rear? Or both?
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Old 05-05-2013, 09:06 AM   #8
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i'm almost willing to bet your front wheel bearings might be shot. Your car is old. I've had similiar issues with my alignment 3 years ago. It was at 140k on the chassis. After replacing both front bearings it was like driving a new car again. FYI before replacement, both sides never had the exaggerated wobble if i pull on the wheels or had an annoying grind.
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Old 05-05-2013, 05:27 PM   #9
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Check out www.cambertoe.com
I get my STI aligned from them. They do a great job!!!
They located in 659 Merrick Rd Lynbrook, NY 11563
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Old 05-05-2013, 10:31 PM   #10
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i'm almost willing to bet your front wheel bearings might be shot. Your car is old. I've had similiar issues with my alignment 3 years ago. It was at 140k on the chassis. After replacing both front bearings it was like driving a new car again. FYI before replacement, both sides never had the exaggerated wobble if i pull on the wheels or had an annoying grind.
Yeah, I am kind on leaning this way. No play in the bearings, and no noise from them even when I am hard on them on driving an off-ramp but it's the only thing left to replace. Currently at 105K What finally made you decide to replace the bearings?

Can't give an answer on what changed on the alignment because I always ending up replacing something between them. The car would drive so bad I thought there was no way it was just an alignment.
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Old 05-06-2013, 07:44 AM   #11
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Yeah, I am kind on leaning this way. No play in the bearings, and no noise from them even when I am hard on them on driving an off-ramp but it's the only thing left to replace. Currently at 105K What finally made you decide to replace the bearings?

Can't give an answer on what changed on the alignment because I always ending up replacing something between them. The car would drive so bad I thought there was no way it was just an alignment.
It was somewhat of an deductive hunch for me, it wouldn't take long for getting shudder in my brakes after i would replace pads and rotors. Also to note, 5x100 hubs are no way near as durable as the 5x114's as i was pointed out visibly on a friend's 04STi.. and from reading up the brakes, suspension, steering forum. Hopefully upon inspection your hubs are still good to use. For some folks they find out much too late and have more expense. Pull the hubs off yourself and take them to a machine shop to press new bearings and seals in.
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Old 05-06-2013, 07:48 AM   #12
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Wheel bearings are a good idea to replace especially given the time and milage. Also in terms of wear and tear items what have you replaced in relation to the suspension?

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Old 05-06-2013, 06:55 PM   #13
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Wheel bearings are a good idea to replace especially given the time and milage. Also in terms of wear and tear items what have you replaced in relation to the suspension?

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Over the past year and a half I have replaced (in an attempt to resolve this issue)
all 4 struts
front top hats (group-N)
ball joints
inner and outer tierods
rebuilt rack
rear trailing arm bushings (fore and aft)


Mods: ft & rr sway bars and ALK installed at 30K. Most of TICs bushings in the rear mounts

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Old 05-06-2013, 06:59 PM   #14
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Have you gotten an alignment after each of those items were installed? Who did the installs?

We've seen lots of DIY folks who didn't install items properly and they shifted over time.

Also all those items require an alignment after installation, so take that into account.

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Old 05-09-2013, 07:46 PM   #15
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looks like I will try to find some used knuckles and swap in some new bearings. I assume a press is needed for the bearing replacement? Do I need to find a Subaru expert to replace bearing or will any competent shop be sufficient?
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Old 05-11-2013, 12:22 PM   #16
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interesting to hear about cambertoe. I live less than a mile away and go to the gym across the street from them yet I never hear/see anything about them....
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Old 05-12-2013, 09:32 PM   #17
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looks like I will try to find some used knuckles and swap in some new bearings. I assume a press is needed for the bearing replacement? Do I need to find a Subaru expert to replace bearing or will any competent shop be sufficient?
Yeah if you remove the knuckles a competent shop should be able to press them in for you.

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