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Old 04-25-2006, 06:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Alignment/ coil-over question

So my rear alignment isn't exaclty perfect. I ride down the steet staight as an arrow, but my tire wear is brutal. My inside tread is now completely slick.

When i eye-ball it....the rear alignment looks a little pigion toed, but my mechanic told me there's nothing he can do without a chassis pull. And this is because, yes, it was rear ended once (i wasn't the owner).

So my question is, i really want to put a coil-over suspension on this summer. Will a fully adjustable kit, and rear camber kit fix the problem. And if so, is there any other parts i need for a suspension upgrade (rear adjustable control arms, shock mounts? etc???)

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so basically your saying, your frame is bent, and thats whats causing the rear wheels to be off?
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From what you have said.. it sounds like your old suspension is completely shot... to the point that your rear tyres have excessive camber.

If you put a coilover suspension on your car... I highly suggest getting a rear lower control arm kit too... which can control camber relatively good in the rear tires... and provide a few other adjustables...

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Its defintly not totally shot. The ride is fine, its i'd just like to see a little more life out of my tires b/c at this rate, i'll go threw a new set of tires every 2 summers.

I also think the fact that i pile lots of ppl in my car on a weekly basis might have somthing to do with it. But thats soon coming to an end. Those bums are getting there own cars now.

So les, you think a rear lower control arm kit will help. Any suggestions for the brand??
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Sounds like toe-in, toe-out is your problem. If they look pigeon-toed, that is. Camber is the way the tire leans from vertical. I don't see why you can't change the toe on the car. I would get a second opinion from another mechanic. Try to find one versed in the rear suspension. There are a lot of things that can be moved around on your rear suspension as it is.
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Thanks, thats definitly my next move i think.
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