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This is a discussion on Alignment basics within the Suspension & Wheels forums, part of the Tech & Modifying & General Repairs category; Need more alignment talk!!! How often would you recommend getting a alignment done. I saw mention of getting a alignment ...

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    Need more alignment talk!!!

    How often would you recommend getting a alignment done. I saw mention of getting a alignment after every time you swap tires, but this seems excessive. So I thought I'd ask the alignment god what he thought and recommends.

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    every tire swap- no way; racing autocross that would be a lot of alignments

    every major suspension swap for sure-springs/struts/control arms and the like (no need on swaybars)

    also alignments will sometimes go awry- so if if it's driving funny or you're getting unusual tire wear- have it checked
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    Lol would you imagine needing to do a alignment at the event after mounting race tires.

    So if nothing feels or looks wrong would you think it would be safe to do every 2 years? Or would you do it before every autox season?


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    I typically get it checked before each season (and when I do a suspension change), sometimes the alignment is spot on and nothing needs to be adjusted, but usually there are minor adjustments to be made
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    Awesome thanks again for your advice.


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    What is the max camber allowed on the stock camber bolts for a 2011? I've been reading elsewhere that if running coilovers with camber plates, the camber bolts should be set to max.
    Wondering if that's true or not

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    I've always liked to use the oe eccentric bolts to fine tune the camber (I would think alignment techs would as well). Set the camber plates where you want them and then let the alignment tech fine tune w/ the eccentric bolts. I believe (in the US anyways) that the 11's and + get quite a bit more available neg camber than previous models, iirc some are getting in the -1.7-ish range, which w/ just stock bolts is pretty impressive
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    I just got a new alignment done, and got -1.6 on both sides with 100% stock hardware.

    2013 STi.

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    Anyone got a chance to look at my specs. 2013 wrx with RCE Black Springs. Rear camber came out high but couldnt get much out of the fronts.


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    The rear seems on par with what people with lowered 3g WRX have. However you should be able to get a lot more than that up front. I say bring it back and tell them they didn't provide what you asked for or bring it to a other shop.

    That being said they did a great job with the toe

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    I was going to install some camber bolts up front and have them realign the car. He said he tried to max it out and that is all he could get. Not sure why seeing as I thought I would be able to get more, especially being lowered.

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