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Old November 14th, 2001, 09:22 AM   #1
"Foosball" Brian Harrington (SJ,CA)
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Here's how cool Custom Alignment is

As you know, I'm having Bridgestone Potenza S-03 Pole Positions (longest tire name ever?) installed on my Boxster at Custom Alignment. I'm also having the car fully aligned since it's pulling to the right slightly (not bad after 12k mi).

Joe, the owner, called me this morning to quiz me on my driving habits. Is it a street car only? Street and track? Single passenger? How much weight should we put in the seat when we do the alignment? Is some inside tire wear ok with the additional camber?

A full conversation about this stuff. I'm quite certain we could have gotten way more specific, but we're doing a somewhat generic "street performance" setup. And all this for basically the same price that any alignment would cost ($150). Too cool.
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Old November 14th, 2001, 09:39 AM   #2
Tom M (Sunol, CA)
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So what settings are you getting?

I'm at 0" toe-in in front w/-0.9 camber. I've got -2.0 camber in the rear. These are the max values that I can get on my stock suspension.
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Old November 14th, 2001, 05:19 PM   #3
"Foosball" Brian Harrington (SJ,CA)
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too many numbers

Front:

Caster: L 7.7 R 7.8
Camber: L -0.4 R -0.4
Toe: L 1/32" R 1/32"

Rear:

Camber: L -1.5 R -1.5 (my max is -1.8)
Toe: L 1/16" R 1/16"
Thrust: -0.0

What is caster again?
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Old November 14th, 2001, 11:00 PM   #4
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And you didn't mention what else you're getting...

match-mounting of the wheel to the tire - it's a service they do at the same time as wheel balancing. It checks for the high-spot on the wheel and the high spot on the tire (neither are perfectly round) and allows them to rotate the wheel (after breaking the bead of course) so the wheel and tire high spots are opposite. It helps eliminate any vibration/shaking that can occur even though your wheels/tires have been balanced.

Never have new tires put on your car unless the shop is match-mounting your tires in addition to balancing them.

Note: this picture's for you Brian. Note the gleam in his knarly teeth!


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Old November 15th, 2001, 11:31 AM   #5
"Foosball" Brian Harrington (SJ,CA)
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Re: And you didn't mention what else you're getting...

Actually, that's the real reason I went to Custom Alignment: for the mounting and balancing. The need for an alignment was just a bonus.
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