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Alignment question

Sup guys. I recently got my car aligned when I had my 18's on my car and as of 2 days ago swapped them with my new freshly painted RSX rims. I can't come to a conclusion as to if I need to realign my car. I really can;t come to a good reason why I would but not sher. I don't want to pay for a realignment if it's not necessary yah know? If you guys could explain the technicality to it that would be great.
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Re: Alignment question

No. You didn't alter any suspension components.
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Re: Alignment question

Sweet. Thanks bro...
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Re: Alignment question

if the tire/rim combination are the same ratios. no, you dont. however, if the overall diameter was smaller/bigger, id recommend an alignment because your camber would be out of wack
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Re: Alignment question

No they arent, these are abit bigger because of the tires. :o I was running some 225/35 R18 and now I'm running 205/55 R16
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if the tire/rim combination are the same ratios. no, you dont. however, if the overall diameter was smaller/bigger, id recommend an alignment because your camber would be out of wack
How do you figure?

The way I see it, the wheel/tire combo isn't affected by the suspension (unsprung weight), as it bolts to the hub. The hub/knuckle assembly isn't changing at all. If the wheel/tire combo is bigger, then it would just cause the car to ride higher. A difference in offset would have minimal effect as well.

Then again, like last time I could be wrong.
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Re: Alignment question

That's just a half-inch difference in overall diameter -- not enough to worry about. The most important thing on a Prelude front end is to keep the toe at (or very close to) zero -- that's really what chews up tires.
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How do you figure?

The way I see it, the wheel/tire combo isn't affected by the suspension (unsprung weight), as it bolts to the hub. The hub/knuckle assembly isn't changing at all. If the wheel/tire combo is bigger, then it would just cause the car to ride higher. A difference in offset would have minimal effect as well.

Then again, like last time I could be wrong.
I get your point man.

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That's just a half-inch difference in overall diameter -- not enough to worry about. The most important thing on a Prelude front end is to keep the toe at (or very close to) zero -- that's really what chews up tires.
Alright then so I shouldn't worry about it. Thanks for all the impot! and the details
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Re: Alignment question

you dont need an alignment unless you alter your suspension or steering. you could take your 18s off and run on donuts and your alignment would still be good.
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Re: Alignment question

Thanks bro. So the conlusion is as long as none of the steering or suspension components have been altered then everything is good.
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Re: Alignment question

correct. now the disclaimer.... for the nitpicker perfectionist.. even if you remove parts and then reinstall the same parts, you MAY need an alignment. odds are you are fine for almost all components but had to mention it.
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Re: Alignment question

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How do you figure?

The way I see it, the wheel/tire combo isn't affected by the suspension (unsprung weight), as it bolts to the hub. The hub/knuckle assembly isn't changing at all. If the wheel/tire combo is bigger, then it would just cause the car to ride higher. A difference in offset would have minimal effect as well.

Then again, like last time I could be wrong.
ya you're right. I got super confused for a minute haha. car would o ly sit lower and speedo be off by a hair
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correct. now the disclaimer.... for the nitpicker perfectionist.. even if you remove parts and then reinstall the same parts, you MAY need an alignment. odds are you are fine for almost all components but had to mention it.
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ya you're right. I got super confused for a minute haha. car would o ly sit lower and speedo be off by a hair
Thanks again! haha I got confused aswell.
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