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The E46 XI was produced from 01-05 in sedan and touring body styles. Powered by either a 2.5L inline 6 in the 325xi or a 3.0L inline 6 330xi. Discuss all thing about BMW AWD E46 'Xi' here.

 
 
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Old 12-28-2012, 12:16 PM   #1
bikesandcars
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Location: Allentown, PA
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My Ride: 2002 325xi-sport pkg
where to get an alignement, or suggestions for doing an alignment myself

I've called 3 local "alignment" shops and they have all told me that they need special tools (that they don't have) to do my 2002 325xi alignment. They said they need weights, and they need a "toe bar".

I replaced my front ball joints, struts, and installed the powerflex bushing which has given me a pronounced toe-out.

As far as I know the camber / caster is not adjustable on these cars, but the toe is adjustable (both front and rear).

On my (non BMW) racecars I do a string alignment and use a bubble camber gauge. Because the BMW dealer is closed for the week and I want to get this done I think I'll revert back to my simple method

questions:

1) any hints for doing a manual alignment

2) where do you guys take your car for alignment

3) Do you folks get the same BS from local shops? Do you really need this magical "toe bar" to set the toe on the auto?

any help much appreciated, probably going to start this afternoon
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