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Old 06-26-2013, 02:43 AM   #1
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Help with alignment

So I've read over a lot of threads and find my self confused on my alignment. Long story short I was to get an alignment after I do a few things. It's been a long time since I've gotten one.

I've also recently installed 18" beyern mesh wheels. Stock was 16". I also have stock suspension.

Since I have stock suspension would I be okay to take my car anywhere to have it aligned? Like even a PepBoys? Or would I be better off to bring it to a local tuning shop that specifies in bmw's? From what I've read, since I just have stock suspension; I don't need any special specs? But that whatever the alignment computer has it'll be okay..?

Or should I bring my own specs? And if so anyone have a link to them for an 01 coupe w standard suspension (325ci)?

Will the fact that I went from stock 16"s to 18"s affect any specs?

I'm just getting more confused the more I read into other people's specs and info.

Any help is appreciated.


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Old 06-26-2013, 05:34 AM   #2
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The change in suspension affects the performance of the vehicle.You can take your car anywhere to get it aligned.No issues. No bro I didn't find suspension suspension on web.
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Old 06-26-2013, 09:05 AM   #3
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BMW gives a range that the shop should get your car within. I think the range is a bit wide, and like to ask the alignment guys to shoot for the minimum side of the range for front & rear toe, & rear camber. Ask them to do front camber to match rear camber. BMW gives figures that make the cars feel 'safe' (or, a little dead), while I like to get it a little more 'responsive'.

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