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  1. #131
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    Quote Originally Posted by Galapolis View Post
    How are you liking your rear toe? I'm running 0.1 (0.2 total) but I'm thinking about going to 0.05 (0.1) total.
    Didn't really notice much difference, tbh. Just did a bunch of highway driving but no track or autox yet - if I feel a difference I'll be sure to report back!
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    Quote Originally Posted by t.er View Post
    Didn't really notice much difference, tbh. Just did a bunch of highway driving but no track or autox yet - if I feel a difference I'll be sure to report back!
    If it's still stable on the highway, then you've got enough toe-in. Going too close to zero would be a little squirrelly.

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    Does anyone know if Hunter is a good alignment system?

    My local indy mechanic just sent out an email that he got a "state of the art" Hunter alignment rack.

    I am sure there is some combination of operator skill and a good alignment system that is needed for a good result. Just interested if the system is actually a good one for BMWs (if anyone happens to know).

    Thanks.
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    I remember Hunter machines are among the best. But I never asked my Indy if that's the one they have. Do you have a printout of alignment specs ?
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    I have heard that too, that they are top of the line.

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    Was suggested that I post here. I had my RTABs replaced a few weeks ago and knew it needed an alignment after.

    Initially, took it to Firestone which was a big mistake. They had it on the rack and proceeded to tell me that I had either serious bends in critical suspension parts or that my frame was bent. I knew that wasnt the case.

    Ended up finding out about a local place, Tru-Line Seattle, that specializes in all things wheels, tires, and suspension including a Hunter Alignment machine. These guys are pros. It wasnt a cheap alignment, but they did an amazing job aligning and weight balancing the vehicle for me.

    Should also note I have Koni Yellows installed, which may be what threw Firestone for a loop. Judging by what I heard them telling other alignment customers, Id say that wasnt the sole issue.

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    If you don't mind my asking, how much was it? I feel like alignments vary wildly in cost so I always like to hear what people pay.

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    It was $175 for the alignment and $50 for the calibration of the steering angle sensor. They also made a small adjustment to the right front suspension to bring it around that added a bit more. Id have paid more, honestly....

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    Quote Originally Posted by 28firefighter View Post
    It was $175 for the alignment and $50 for the calibration of the steering angle sensor. They also made a small adjustment to the right front suspension to bring it around that added a bit more. I’d have paid more, honestly....
    Wow, that's quite a bit, but then again Seattle/SF Bay Area/other techie areas seem to just have higher rates.

    But hey, it's better than the alignment I got - my car still has its slight pull to the left, and I took it to a place that caters to the local grassroots motorsports community. I should've known better, that place didn't have an actual alignment rack, they lifted the car on the 2 post then set it down on 4 leveling pads with grease plates. The specs themselves were good, it's either their equipment, my car being the sensitive little b1tch it seemed to be when I DIY'd my alignment 3 times, or both.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 28firefighter View Post
    It was $175 for the alignment and $50 for the calibration of the steering angle sensor. They also made a small adjustment to the right front suspension to bring it around that added a bit more. Id have paid more, honestly....
    The steering angle sensor calibrates itself so they ripped you off there.

    175 is definitely on the steep end, but I guess there can be a lot of regional differences. I got my alignment done at a VW dealership with a Hunter machine for $60. It was an "after hours" special though.

    I used to have a tire shop that always got my alignment spot on for $70. My European imports specialist (who charges $220 for a custom alignment, yikes) uses that place as a backup when their machine is down. Not sure what that tire place uses but I was very sad when, after installing my MTech body kit, they told me the car didn't fit on the machine anymore.

    The one at the VW dealership is a tight squeeze too and I always have to send it to make it over the edge. Can't wait for those Pro-Kit springs.
    Last edited by Galapolis; 08-15-2020 at 04:57 PM.
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