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Old 05-04-2005, 04:06 PM   #1
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Question Performance Alignment Shop Recommendations (NoVa)

Ok. Already searched and saw so far only "Curries" meets the below.

So I am getting ready to take a 1000 mile road trip in a few weeks, and it has been a year with dring on some rough roads. I just put my summer tires on and would love to make sure my rubber lasts and the car performs...

Last year I had Andrew @ Hillmuth do the align and LOVED it and the way he cared about the alignment. I called & tried to do this month and lo and behold Andrew is not available until Mid-June on a Saturday.

So here's my dilemma - I need to find a shop that can align my STi with the 1 inch drop and v-limited lip. The shop will likely need to have camber bolts in stock (or orderable) and be able to align it on a Saturday - or - if close to Ashburn over lunch or so.

Curries is pricey, but seems to be well regarded in "Alignments" due to the equipment they use, but Hillmuth was so nice!

Any shops recommended with a "personal touch?" Contacts? Or if anyone with the "home" kit alignment want to at least help a fellow out and help check the alignment while I wait till June for Andrew?

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Old 05-04-2005, 05:23 PM   #2
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ultimate motorsports had camber bolts in stock when i found out my suspension was jacked up (after rallycross )

but they did a pretty good job, i'm probably going to schedule another appt with them soon


personal touch?

i was so determined to get my alignment the way i wanted that i had a hand in it, but we later concluded it was slightly bent lateral links. but they are nice folks overall.
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Old 05-04-2005, 05:52 PM   #3
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Basically the only thing you'll be doing is making sure front camber is equal and to is close to 0, right? If that's the case, you might consider trying a driveway alignment. There is an alignment thread stickied in the Suspension forum, and nhluhr submitted a lot of 411. I've never done one, but have been meaning to for a long time. I did get as far as checking the 25"x25" board up to my wheel to discover that the car body interferes and doesn't allow camber to be measured.
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Old 05-04-2005, 11:22 PM   #4
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I'll look into the the driveway alignment thread - I remember seeing the stuff from nhluhr; but hadn't really had the time to learn it all to set it up if you know what I mean. (Eastwood by the way has akit for 150 or so I saw.)

psyber_0ptix do you have a number for ultimate motorsports handy? I did a google search on them and netted a NASCAR place in richmond and what brand if you know bolts did they have. I was looking at http://www.ingallseng.com/parts/35420.htm from my last year search for bolts for this years alignment

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/showthread.php?t=654474
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Old 05-05-2005, 02:08 AM   #5
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Old 05-05-2005, 08:14 AM   #6
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I did get as far as checking the 25"x25" board up to my wheel to discover that the car body interferes and doesn't allow camber to be measured.
You can use a smaller board if need be(it doesn't even need to be square), no reason you HAVE to use 25". It just changes the calculations a bit is all.

That is a great thread BTW I'm going to try stringing my car up some time this summer just to see if I can do it.
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Old 05-05-2005, 08:32 PM   #7
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703-435-5000

Thank You!


I would love to be a bystander at a garage or driveway alignment sometime!
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Old 05-05-2005, 11:21 PM   #8
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I could do it after work ....i just set mine at 1 deg camber and factory settings in the rear..toe'd the front in .10 of a degree...handles alot less touchy at high speeds
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Old 05-06-2005, 12:18 AM   #9
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i want to learn how to align my own car...

after installing camber/caster plates, my toe is all goofy

but i think i would need an alignment shop to get rid of cross-caster
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Old 05-06-2005, 07:21 AM   #10
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I beleive cross caster is not adj..i mean it is but like a factory adj. ..kind of like total toe...it is dependant on your other settings...some machines don't read it. I know the Hunter machine DSP 400 and up. (Best alignment machines out there I must add...has the most readings)
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Old 05-06-2005, 08:41 AM   #11
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i have camber caster plates

but i'd imagine how annoying it would be to loosen, jack the car up. more the strut, tighten and lower...

too much guess and check i guess
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Old 05-06-2005, 01:53 PM   #12
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I could do it after work ....i just set mine at 1 deg camber and factory settings in the rear..toe'd the front in .10 of a degree...handles alot less touchy at high speeds


hmmm...

When???
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Old 05-06-2005, 07:26 PM   #13
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well i get off at around 5ish..depending on the amount of work i have...5 or 5:30ish. Uh sometimes the night manager gets on my ass about it but if you PM me your number and days you are available i can give you a call...pain in the ass yes..lol. I am not sure about your V-Limited Lip though...we have a huge 4 post lift which is alot higher off the ground than our old ones. I can get on the rack no prob...(eibach springs) I believe my front is lower so i am not sure abotu you...We align Z06's all the time with no prob. Don't want to mess up your V-limited. Even so if you had to pay ..its only 60 bucks. what specs are you looking for
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Old 05-06-2005, 07:33 PM   #14
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BTW why would you need camber bolts. If you want a great performing alignment you sacrifice with tire wear. I mean I had 1.5 in the front and didn't notice any weirdness but for a daily driver kinda squirmish on the high way ...hench backing it down to 1. then i toed it the front alittle for more stabilty at higher speeds. I would just keep it at factory specs if you want the performance+good tire wear. i would recommend 1 degree in the front and leave everything the same...I haven't been able yet to see any major tire wear with my toe settings so i am not sure yet....just remember I will shake the front end first so if there is anything loose I will not do the alignment as that will affect it alot
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Old 05-06-2005, 09:03 PM   #15
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Are you going to be at the mega meet tomorrow?

Final on the front last time was:
LF
-1.0 Camber
4.7 Caster
+.01Toe
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4.9 Caster
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Front Total Toe +.03
0 Steer Ahead

Rear:
LR
-1.6 Camber
.0 Toe
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-1.6 Camber
.0 Toe

Rear Total Toe -.0
-.00 Thrust Angle


I liked this but would like a few more tenths on the front like -1.2 or so. the front right is the problem - I could only get the -1.0.
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Old 05-06-2005, 09:05 PM   #16
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yes definitely ultimate motorsports.
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