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Old 03-24-2011, 08:35 PM   #1
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I have a problem and i have been scammed

So today i decided to install my Eibach Pro-Kit Springs
finished the install and wtf
The front of the car sits higher than it did before!!!
Can anyone help me?

And now the scam part
I thought an alignment would help my problem so i went to the shop, left my car there for two hours came back, When i entered i confronted two men fighting, One was the owner of the shop and the second was the alignment technician.
The owner basicly told the technician not to come back or he will call the police The owner tells me he couldn't align the car completely because of the lowering springs. But the front is still higher than normal But than the other technician tells me it was because its a bmw and their machine cant do it and thats what their fight was about. now my car pulls to the right, front sits higher and i was dumn enough to pay for the allingment before i drove the car.
Help?
I'm am thinking of going back to the shop and getting my money back for the so called alignment.
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Old 03-24-2011, 08:43 PM   #2
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i Am satisfied with the rear drop
After "aliment"
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Old 03-24-2011, 09:15 PM   #3
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You likely didn't install the struts properly.
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Old 03-24-2011, 09:21 PM   #4
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You likely didn't install the struts properly.
Any tips on doing it properly?
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Old 03-24-2011, 09:29 PM   #5
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You likely didn't install the struts properly.
What he said.

Pull your passenger wheel off. Unbolt the 16 or 17 mm bolt that holds the brake assembly/knuckle to the strut. Once you do this, remove the knuckle off the strut by pushing down on it. It will come down fast so be careful. Now, once you get the knuckle off, inspect the bottom of the strut. There is a small metal nub maybe 2 mm in diameter and 4 mm long. This nub must go down into the knuckle so that you can't see it. Hard to explain in words. If you could see the nub before, then it was not installed correctly.

The housing that holds the knuckle to the strut has a slit towards the engine bay. Your goal is to get the nub into the slit all the way down, and then tighten the 16 or 17 mm bolt. Good luck.

And you didn't get scammed. They couldn't do the alignment because you installed the struts incorrectly.
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Old 03-24-2011, 09:32 PM   #6
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What he said.

Pull your passenger wheel off. Unbolt the 16 or 17 mm bolt that holds the brake assembly/knuckle to the strut. Once you do this, remove the knuckle off the strut by pushing down on it. It will come down fast so be careful. Now, once you get the knuckle off, inspect the bottom of the strut. There is a small metal nub maybe 2 mm in diameter and 4 mm long. This nub must go down into the knuckle so that you can't see it. Hard to explain in words. If you could see the nub before, then it was not installed correctly.

The housing that holds the knuckle to the strut has a slit towards the engine bay. Your goal is to get the nub into the slit all the way down, and then tighten the 16 or 17 mm bolt. Good luck.

And you didn't get scammed. They couldn't do the alignment because you installed the struts incorrectly.
Thanks a lot! And maybe not i was just on a rant
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Old 03-24-2011, 10:14 PM   #7
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ya sounds like you installed them wrong, either the shock isnt sitting properly and/or the spring. once you fix that go back to the alignment place and tell them your steering is off and you need it fixed
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Old 03-24-2011, 10:24 PM   #8
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ya sounds like you installed them wrong, either the shock isnt sitting properly and/or the spring. once you fix that go back to the alignment place and tell them your steering is off and you need it fixed
Well lucky i paid for 6 months unlimited alignments
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Old 03-25-2011, 11:57 AM   #9
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Thanks for all the help! i resolved all the issues today and finally my car is sitting LOW
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Old 03-25-2011, 01:33 PM   #10
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So what was the problem?
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Old 03-25-2011, 01:56 PM   #11
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So what was the problem?
The struts weren't installed properly
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Old 03-25-2011, 02:10 PM   #12
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I love E46 Fanatics for reasons of threads like this! OP, I hope you get your car aligned and I hope that Alignment tech can get his job back too! LOL
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Use this DIY to install the springs:
http://www.e46fanatics.com/howto/how...hp?howto_id=12
The shop will probably do the alignment once the install is right. I've installed ProKit springs twice and always get the specified drop.
The shop should not start work on your car if it can't do the alignment.
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Old 03-26-2011, 03:26 PM   #14
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Someone needs spacers!
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Old 03-26-2011, 03:48 PM   #15
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Someone needs spacers!
the're in the mail
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