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Old 04-25-2004, 06:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My mechanic says that if the bolt positions are kept the same while he reinstalls the trailing arm, the alignment settings should be preserved.

However, when the bushing is removed and a new one is installed, the bushing obviously is not in the exact same position. So when the trailing arm is reinstalled, wouldn't there be a change in alignment settings? There is also significantly less play with this newer stiffer M3 bushing. My old bushing was cracked and came off the casing completely. If any of you are replacing rear trailing arm bushings, get the M3 ones. They are so much stiffer and better. My rear end comes around so easily now. I can actually get some throttle induced oversteer (steering with the throttle).

Thanks, any help would be appreciated. I only ask this because my steering wheel seems to have moved slightly to the right about 2-3 degrees. There is no noticeable vibrations on the highway at high speeds. I don't want to wear my rear tires funny as they are brand new.

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The rule is, Whenever you touch the suspension< YOU HAVE TO ALIGN.

Yeah you need to align.
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Steering wheel is off a few degrees? Something is not correct.... Go get an alignment.

///M Power said it best. F with the suspinsion, Align your wheels because they will be slightly off.
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