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My rear wheels have correct toe-in relative to each other, but because of an earlier accident, the wheels are not evenly aligned with the body. ie, the car slightly dog-tracks. I know there are offset bushings to correct toe-in and camber, but has anyone had the rear crossmember bent to align the rear wheels correctly?
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That's a really big job and needs shop work I hate to say. Band aid fixes will ruin tire life

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Sounds like the subframe may be bent. Sometimes a body shop can pull it back straight with a frame aligner.
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Sounds like the subframe may be bent. Sometimes a body shop can pull it back straight with a frame aligner.
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I think you are right about the subframe (crossmember) being bent. I already had the right trailing arm replaced and it cost me $600, but it made no difference. The camber and toe-in was exactly the same as before. Would it be worth it to replace the cross member? the shop I deal with said that the rear camber and toe-in are within spec, but I hate it when I know that the readings are right to the limit. It would probable cost me another $1000 just in labour.
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Fixing a bent subframe is $$$.

Good luck with that.

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