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Old 04-07-2010, 10:28 AM
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alignment after lowering

so last week I had spring break so I went to SC with my girl to visit some family. I decided to slap on my new struts (koni sports) and lowering springs (H&R sport- which are bouncy and Im not sure i like them. people that have these told me otherwise) anyway I just got done putting everything on the last day that we were there and had to drive back to atlanta the next day. I didnt have time to get an allignment there so it was def off the whole drive home.

I went today to firestone cuz i have the lifetime alignment and for some reason the guy couldnt get the drivers front caster to spec and also the camber on both the fronts were out of spec (real slightly on the the driver side and by .6 degrees on the passenger) too even tho i have camber adjustable balljoints.

I dont know if the guy doing it wasnt doing it properly and kinda half assing it or what, he didnt seem too bright to me.

Does anyone have any input to why theyd be out of spec like this. im planning on going to another firestone in a couple weeks to get it aligned again. hopefully it all works out then.

(thanks for reading, i know its a lot)
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Re: alignment after lowering

there is no adjustment for caster. if its off, its off. caster's biggest enemy is potholes. lowering effects the caster very little. not even of a degree typically, if anything at all. if your camber is STILL off that bad even with adjustable ball joints then you got some bent suspension components. how much is your car lowered?
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there is no adjustment for caster. if its off, its off. caster's biggest enemy is potholes. lowering effects the caster very little. not even of a degree typically, if anything at all. if your camber is STILL off that bad even with adjustable ball joints then you got some bent suspension components. how much is your car lowered?
hey i appreciate the input! hmm makes me wonder if i have bent components. I put H&R sports on which claim a 1.3" drop but id say about an inch and 3/4th all around.
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Re: alignment after lowering

yeah with an 1.75" drop your camber shouldn't be that bad. i'm about 1.5-1.6" lower and i didn't need a camber kit at all. my back is right at the max and my front has about .2 degrees to spare. but yea definitely take it to another place and double check the alignment.
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yeah with an 1.75" drop your camber shouldn't be that bad. i'm about 1.5-1.6" lower and i didn't need a camber kit at all. my back is right at the max and my front has about .2 degrees to spare. but yea definitely take it to another place and double check the alignment.
ok yeh i will do that. thank you!
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Re: alignment after lowering

Just what he said, caster is just there. Hard to fix, usually when you align everything else, that comes along with it, but sometimes it doesn't. As far as the camber goes, preludes don't have a way to adjust camber on a stock car. But with a 1.3" drop, a camber kit should not be necessary.

Here's some basic info on that: Official Alignment/Camber Kit Thread
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Re: alignment after lowering

actually you people are all wrong and your giving out wrong advice!! it is possible to adjust caster. All you have to do is add or remove the large metal washer type spacers on the end of your radius rods (the ones on either side of the radius rod bushings and i know this because my cars caster was out by over 1.5 degrees and i bought it back in to just under 1/2 degree by adding another washer. you can buy them from honda or find a scrappie
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Re: alignment after lowering

ok, by your theory, i could say my ride height is adjustable with out coilovers because i can add or remove washers from the strut assembly. you should NEVER just remove a washer. they actually have an importance. they're not just spacers. installing extra washers, fine. but still not recommended. you should still have some threads protruding from the nut. at least 2-3.
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