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Any car alignment guys on here?

Having problems after lowering my car.

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whats the problem?

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you need to realign and or get a compensation kit.

it's the same effect as bumpsteer your changing the geometry of the suspension.
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you need to realign and or get a compensation kit.

it's the same effect as bumpsteer your changing the geometry of the suspension.
humm.. is that is problem? he didn't even say anything yet

i guess another thing need to know is what type of car is it..

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Ok, my problem is kinda serious. its a 06 mustang gt. i Lowered it with steeda lowering springs. Not a big drop at all. like 7/8 of an inch in front and 1.3 in the back.
I went in to my dealer for an alignment and my service manager said the caster is all messed up and i need to order cam adjusters and have my control arm knotched so it can be adjusted right and aligned right.
I do believe this dealer since he even told me that a alignment shop might be the way to go for this work even though they have done this a few times in the past just not on a new mustang.
What should i do? i'm not crazy about the idea of knotching out my control arms?? I'm also not crazy about wearing out my bf goodrich expensive ass tires either hah.

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i'm not sure on the style of front end on a mustang.. is it dual a-arms? or struts?

its not shocking that would would have to get a cam adjuster kit for it. Honestly your best bet is an alginment shop over the dealer. They are more used to seeing having to make large adjustments, and they prolly have the adjuster kit in stock.

me working at a dealer, we have an old ass alginment machine, and all we mostly do is only have to adjust tow anyways since we never do things like lower cars, etc.. plus theres always the cost issue too

doesn't sound like they are BSing you.. i had to grind more adjustment into the struts on my 92 Shadow that i dropped to the ground.

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It is struts in the front, hope that answers your question. yeah i just figured, since its still under warranty that i would try the dealer, plus they should know the car real well.
looks like i'm off to the alignment shop for some more opinions

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Get thyself to an alignment shop. they do a lot more of them and will usually have the cams in stock. I know back int he day when I was an alignment guy I used to sell the shit out of cams for the crysler minivans and ford taurus's rear ends. (man when I saw those come in I had the estimate written up before it hit the rack )

Cams kits are common, a lot of cars need them for making different adjustments especially if you start modifying stuff.




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humm.. is that is problem? he didn't even say anything yet

i guess another thing need to know is what type of car is it..

he did. He said "i lowered my ride" which altered the original factory suspension height aka vehicle height.

Since im a professional, (in more then one field) , it is common sense whenever a vehicle is lowered it needs to be realigned and compensated to readjust the settings.


dont have to be mad when theres more then one automotive professioanl on here. Dont go all dyeager on my ass.


trey, just bring it to any alignment shop that has mechanics that know what they are doing. What they need to do isn't that big of a deal. And if your mustang has the suspension im thinking of, they might be able to not even need a compensation kit. Just some grinding will be enough.
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he did. He said "i lowered my ride" which altered the original factory suspension height aka vehicle height.
WOW your dense.. so if you lower your car the only problem he could have had was alginment?

man i can think of A BUNCH of problems that ride height could cause I was trying to find out what the problem is first before i went and shot my mouth off.


and hey, thanks for giving the same answer that Tony and myself gave

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WOW your dense.. so if you lower your car the only problem he could have had was alginment?

man i can think of A BUNCH of problems that ride height could cause I was trying to find out what the problem is first before i went and shot my mouth off.
i dont see myself being wrong.

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and hey, thanks for giving the same answer that Tony and myself gave
what answer did you give?

Looks similiar to my very first response. Get it realigned and get a compensation kit. So what "new" advice did you give?
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i dont see myself being wrong.
you should put that as your customer user title

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you should put that as your customer user title
can i use it in my custom user title instead?
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Lowering a vechile requires a trip to the aligment shop.

I lower my car myself and changed out a lot of suspension pcs. I have not been to a shop yet, but also did alot of work to fix it myself. Car tracks well down the road and is not wearing out tires yet. One day I'll make it that way.

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Allright although this may not be that big of a deal i'm sure it will cost a few bills. Any idea on what kind of a price i'm looking at for cam ajuster kit and/or grinding?

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look on ebay for an adjuster kit, or autozones website. of course they will charge you more if they buy it for you. 20-50 bucks est.

They shouldn't really charge you that much extra for the grinding since it only takes a minute per side. And some shops will not even charge because they have a set price.
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