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Old 12-11-2007, 04:35 PM   #1
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Default Suspension alignment needed with lowering kit

I fitted the eibach pro-kit lowering springs and 20 inch saleen wheels, which looked awesome, when I changed back to my stock fan blades and tires for winter I noticed the front tires were badly scrubbed on the inboard shoulders, I've went ahead and bought the alignment kit from eibach now but wondered if anyone else had the same alignment issue after lowering, thanks

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Old 12-11-2007, 05:10 PM   #2
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some do some dont. mine was fine
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Old 12-11-2007, 07:05 PM   #3
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ya any car ive ever lowered i always get a 4 wheel alingment done just to play it safe and avoid tire wear.
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I'm getting the Eibach Pro-Kit on new stock size rims and they said they are aligning it and that it's needed. I might have needed it anyway after scrubbing my old rims against a curb!
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Old 12-12-2007, 08:36 AM   #5
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Any time you change the ride height you change the camber of any independent suspension, whether that be up front or anIRS. Normally, camber changes also bring on changes in toe settings. Lowering typically makes for more negative camber and a shift in toe towards toe-out.

That said, it is possible for lowering to not result in excessive or uneven tire wear. Possible explanations (other than very small amounts of drop - say 0.5" or smaller) include original settings that are toward the less-negative/more-positive end of the acceptable camber range and original toe settings that are at the more "toe-in" end of acceptable toe.

The intensity with which you do much or most of your cornering also matters. Hard cornering demands a more negative camber setting for reasons of equalizing tire wear across the tread as much as the more negative setting makes it easier to drive that hard in the first place.

At the very least, you owe it to yourself to get the alignment checked following the installation of lowering springs. Or at least check it yourself. Despite the expensive-looking alignment rack in the shop, it isn't exactly rocket science.

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