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Old 05-31-2016, 12:31 PM   #1
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Alignment now or later?

I just installed new LCA/FCABs as well as Sway bar end links, steering coupling, tie rod ends, and RTABs. The alignment is close, but it is a bit off with a bit of toe in in the front and less camber in the back. However, I am waiting for Shocks and struts to arrive and plan to install them a few weeks from now. So should I get it aligned now, or wait until the new shocks and struts are installed?
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Old 05-31-2016, 12:54 PM   #2
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The shop I go to includes a 6 month warranty on their alignments. I used it to get an alignment immediately after installing shocks/struts, then went back a week later once everything had settled in. You may be able to do the same thing. Check to see if there's a shop near you that offers the same kind of warranty. Good luck!

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Old 05-31-2016, 12:56 PM   #3
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In that case, here is what I would do (YMMV):

Get two 8" boards and cut them to a length that is equal to the diameter of your tires. Find the centerline of the boards and with a friend on the other side, line up the centerline of the boards with the centerline of the wheels (the boards should be standing up and flat against your wheels/tires). Use a tape measure and measure the distance between the boards front and back. That difference is your toe. In if the front distance is shorter and out if the rear is shorter. This is not a perfect toe measurement, but good enough to deal with for a couple of weeks.

If you have any toe-out, I'd adjust it back to neutral or a slight toe-in. Toe-out will chew up your tires quickly.

If you have to adjust your toe, you're going to want to adjust it and drive the car a short way (enough to have the suspension settle back to normal ride height) before you remeasure the toe.

This is a quick and dirty toe check and we've done this before with our race cars. It's actually possible to do a very accurate home alignment with jackstands, string, a tape measure, and a protractor, but it's pretty time consuming. Racing teams do this (or some off-shoot) all the time.

Anyway, you definitely want your suspension to settle back to normal ride height before taking any measurements.

This should safely get you along until you install your suspension in a couple of weeks. Don't go too long.

Now, that all said, if you are not a handy DIYer, maybe it's not the best that you do this. It's not hard, but YOU are responsible for your own safety, NOT me. Don't do this unless you're totally comfortable doing it. You can probably find a YouTube with instructions on how to do this as well as a full alignment.
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Old 05-31-2016, 12:58 PM   #4
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I just installed new LCA/FCABs as well as Sway bar end links, steering coupling, tie rod ends, and RTABs. The alignment is close, but it is a bit off with a bit of toe in in the front and less camber in the back. However, I am waiting for Shocks and struts to arrive and plan to install them a few weeks from now. So should I get it aligned now, or wait until the new shocks and struts are installed?
That's not ideal either way. Get the shocks and struts sooner, get it installed and do the alignment.
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Old 05-31-2016, 01:04 PM   #5
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That's not ideal either way. Get the shocks and struts sooner, get it installed and do the alignment.
I think I'm going to bite the bullet and get an alignment now, I don't particularly trust myself with the alignment and would rather spend the money to have a pro who knows what they're doing and then have another alignment with the new shocks/struts.
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Expensive or new(er) tires, do alignment. Cheapo tires or need tires soon, just wait.
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Old 05-31-2016, 01:13 PM   #7
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Expensive or new(er) tires, do alignment. Cheapo tires or need tires soon, just wait.
New tires, so yeah.
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