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Old 12-16-2017, 10:18 PM
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Wheel Alignment

Hello folks.
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I have a 2001 Prelude and need a toe adjustment.
My car is completely stock with zero modifications.
Would anyone be able to direct me to a competent and trustworthy alignment shop, here in Toronto, Canada?
Also,
YouTube has a number of videos on how to do the alignment on your own. Is that worth it maybe?
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Re: Wheel Alignment

Unfortunately, I know zip about shop in the Toronto area, but with a little effort, you can do toe adjustments yourself -- you're basically adjusting the length of the tie rods via a threaded collar. Measure, measure, measure.
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Re: Wheel Alignment

When I rebuilt the suspension on my Z, I did a home alignment for the sake of getting it to a shop without completely ruining the tires. I was almost dead on in all aspects. 0.1 off here and there. It took a lot of care and a good set of eyes to get it that way, and, I am sure it was a bit of a fluke, as I had also lowered the car one inch during that rebuild. Everything was adjustable, with no stock parts being reused. Could I do it again with the same results? Probably not, haha.

Would I recommend it? No. Even if you did get it dead on, just by eyeballing it, there is no way to check your work so to speak. The unknown could be a little (like it was in my case), or, a lot. Even a little can cause premature tire wear, and, handling problems. With the tight tolerances, especially on a handling car, such as the Prelude, I would definitely take it to be professionally done. Those guys have lasers n ****!


What I would suggest however, is jacking the car up, and putting it on stands. Get underneath it, and have a GOOD LOOK at all of the suspension. Push/pull on things. Look for any new parts, or parts that are worn/heavily corroded. The reason I say this, is, alignment shops dabble in the black arts. Meaning, they know you need an alignment, and, once they get it up in the air, they feel they have you by the short and curlies.

I took my old '96 Prelude in for an alignment, and, and they told me it needed new tie rod ends. They had already been recently replaced. They figured that I wouldn't have known about them being new, and, wanted to sell me parts I didn't need. Shops will tell you they cannot do the alignment without replacing this part, or that part, holding up the job, until you shell out for stuff you don't need.

If you know what s going on underneath your car, you can call them on their BS. Be prepared to walk away and take the car elsewhere if they are dicking you around.


I took my car to the Pickering Auto Lab, on Kingston road, in Pickering. They had the highest, and, most numerous ratings, plus, they were recommended by friends. They did a great job on the Z.
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Re: Wheel Alignment

Thanks for the replies.
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Re: Wheel Alignment

I dont see ANY point to mess with alignments by yourself unless you are already pro in suspension stuff
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