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Old 11-22-2004, 08:31 AM   #1
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I hope I posted this in the right forum. If not, please move it to correct forum. Thank You.

Okay. So here's the deal. I was talking to the previous owner about the Subie and we got into talking about alignments. The way he was talking, he said that most alignment shops wont mess with the rear because there is a whole lot of drama involved and something to do with drilling something or some crap like that. I have no idea what in Haedes he was talking about but my question is this, shouldn't any reputable alignment shop be able to do an alignment on my Sube with no porblems or will this be something that I will have to entrust to a Subaru dealership to do? I know it is kinda old(88 GL-10 Wagon[w/fulltime 4wd]), but one would think that an alignment shop could do this without any difficulties. And I sincerely wouldn't want to get raped on price and labour at a dealership. Besides, the closest Subaru dealership(s) are 2 or more hours either way(north to OK, or south to Dallas). If somebody has an answer, opinion, thought, or whatever, your info is welcomed.

Thank You all in advance!!!

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Old 11-22-2004, 10:15 AM   #2
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As far as I know, most shops won't mess with the rear simply because there is nothing to adjust back there :shrug:
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Old 11-22-2004, 12:16 PM   #3
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Hmmm. Okeedokee, Cool!! Well, that takes care of the rear question then. What about the front though?
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Old 11-23-2004, 02:17 AM   #4
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if you go to les scwab, you have them over there dont you?, they will charge you like 45-50 buckeroos to align front and back, had it done on my 86' GL wagon
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Old 11-23-2004, 08:55 AM   #5
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I'm not sure. Never heard of them until now. I live in Wichita Falls, and the only alignment shop I know of here that is reputable is this one place called Downtown Alignment. But I have no idea if they know their way around an older Subaru. I'll try calling them and see if they can do it.
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Old 11-23-2004, 01:18 PM   #6
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if you go to les scwab, you have them over there dont you?, they will charge you like 45-50 buckeroos to align front and back, had it done on my 86' GL wagon
I'm not sure if we have les schwab down here or not. I used to use them in WA, but haven't seen one in TX.

Average 4 wheel alignement here are around $70. I just had my camry done and that was about the cheapest in town.
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Old 12-07-2004, 11:54 PM   #7
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Holy God, $70 for a four wheel alignment, that is frikkin highway robbery, I am offically calling shenanagins, can i get an amen?


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Old 12-08-2004, 12:14 AM   #8
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eh?

Is that similar to the BS flag?

Enough people around here (the boards) know me to know I am not full of sh..

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Old 12-08-2004, 11:22 AM   #9
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eh?

Is that similar to the BS flag?

Enough people around here (the boards) know me to know I am not full of sh..
You are full of ****(j/k, sort of) but...



you generally speak the truth

As far as alignments on Subarus go. There is only one adjustment on the front of an 80's GL. That would be front toe set. If the rear is out it's time to replace parts. There are no other adjustments that can be made on them, period. They can check the alignment but there is nothing that can be done to "adjust" it. If it is out of spec you need to look at replacing bushings or hard parts such as struts, control arms and such.

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Old 12-08-2004, 05:17 PM   #10
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Okay. The only thing I was concerned with was the fact that the car pulls to one side when I drop the hammer on it at lower speeds. I guess its just torque steer, because as long as I drive the car normal(or as close to normal as I can get ), everything is fine. But Thank You all for the info.

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Old 12-09-2004, 12:47 AM   #11
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You should drive my car, crazy torque steer cause I have 304K, bad CV's, crappy alignment (from offroading and rallycrossing) and a lead foot
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Old 12-30-2004, 09:49 PM   #12
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I got my RX aligned today...for free!

And yes, the rear is non adjustable.
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