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Old 08-28-2008, 05:08 PM   #1
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Is my alignment after the work ive had done upto specs, I was told because both my rear arms are slightly non perfect the alignment can't get any better without work and a suspension kit change
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Old 08-30-2008, 12:42 AM   #2
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Here's mine for you to compare


Look at that subtle jet-black coloring. The tasteful thickness of it. Oh my God, it even has a 6mt.
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Old 08-30-2008, 12:53 AM   #3
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thats horrible.

even if they couldnt get it in spec they should have set it so each side was even.

the way your rear toe is, one side way positive, and one side negative, your car will be driving down the road crooked.

you may need rear bushings, but typically with an e46 rear camber is way out, and toe is good. your car seems to be opposite. i would go back, or go somewhere else for a second opinion.

for the front camber, theres not much adjustment from the factory, you may have to go aftermarket, or they were just being lazy, or dont know how to do it.
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Old 08-30-2008, 12:55 AM   #4
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Here's mine for you to compare

nevermind, the format of that printout is different then im used. was looking at it wrong.
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Old 08-30-2008, 10:10 AM   #5
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I'd call it a do over - and it might be a good idea to take it do a dealership . You'll pay more, but at least you'll know they are familar with the E46.

Here's a short list of "glitches"
* You've got a 330i sport, but unless you specifically asked them to do otherwise, they used the incorrect "standard" specs
* they did not adjust the front camber, probably because they weren't even aware that was adjustable
* unless one of you rear lower control arms is bent, they should have been able to get the rear camber closer. If one of your arms is obviously bent, then you do need to get that fixed first and then get the car aligned.
* based on the readings and the lack of ride hieght data, I'd guess they niether ballasted the car nor compensated for the actual vs. design ride height. That alone could explain some of the left/right oddities.
* I don't know what unit of measurement they were using for the toe, but I sure hope it isn't degrees. I'd guess it's in mm but I have done the math to see what that would work out to in degrees.
* Regardless of units. the difference between the left and right rear reading is unacceptable. You've got the left wheel pointing in and the right wheel pointing out. The whole will want to drift to the right. It'll be less than it used to do so, but it is still not right. Again, if you've got a bent rear lower control arm, that would explain it and you need to get that fixed. If your arms are fine, then the alignment shop really did you wrong.
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