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Old 02-13-2013, 09:38 AM   #1
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Driving 175 miles on the highway out of alignment, any permenant tire wear?

So Im getting my subframe repaired and its about 175 miles away from where I live. I just changed my shocks and springs so I'm out of alignment. The car doesnt pull too bad. So my question is if I drive that far on the highway do I run the risk of damaging anything? Or ruining my tires. I plan to keep my highway speeds no greater than 75 mph.
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Old 02-13-2013, 09:42 AM   #2
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You should be fine as long as everything is close.
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changing shocks and springs won't really affect anything that much. you might have more positive camber (if you swapped for identical *new* springs) and ever so slight toe change. you'll be fine
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I applaud your concern. Most people on this board have never had their car aligned. 175 miles is nothing. You'll be fine. I purchased a lifetime alignment for my car and it has definitely payed for itself. I've had the car aligned ~5 times since I purchased the alignment around 7 months ago.
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I applaud your concern. Most people on this board have never had their car aligned. 175 miles is nothing. You'll be fine. I purchased a lifetime alignment for my car and it has definitely payed for itself. I've had the car aligned ~5 times since I purchased the alignment around 7 months ago.
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PAYED? Really.
Don't care. I criticize people's grammar, spelling and phraseology all day long. I'm allowed to make a mistake. Regardless, paid & payed fall into the category of 'tyranny of words.'
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Hey tock172, where did you buy your lifetime alignment from?
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Having an alignment done did wonders for my car. It drives completely different now and it feels quite stable. I'd also be curious to know where tock got the lifetime alignments from? I paid $139 at BMW which I found pretty fair and they washed the car for me as well. So if it's necessary to have it done again I'd end up taking it there most likely.
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Hey tock172, where did you buy your lifetime alignment from?
My LTA is actually from Firestone. Now, before you jump all over me, I opted to purchase the LTA from Firestone because I have a trusted friend who words there, and I am allowed to supervise the alignment each and every time. Unless you have a friend working there, I would suggest looking elsewhere for an alignment. Even though my LTA is valid at any firestone in the US, I only feel comfortable having it performed at the location my friend works at. I have run into issues when I've had it aligned at other Firestone locations. Firestone quotes $199 for an LTA, but I got a nice discount. Like I said, I've already used it 5+ times.
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^ My tech actually lets me HELP with the alignment haha. I sometimes assist by torquing the trailing arms down. i specify my own settings and sit in the car (took a little persuasion though)
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