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#1 (permalink) Old 08-19-2009, 08:49 PM
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Alignment on an E36 M3

I went and got my alignment done at SEARS. apparently that wasn't a good idea. They informed me that my rear tires have positive camber.. meaning the top of my rear tires are tilted out.. I assume this is because of the fact the car is lowered.. They told me that BMW didn't make an application on the car to adjust the camber ... Somehow I find that to be bullshit.. Any of you guys know a place that can put my rear tires in place for me so I'm not gonna burn through tires.. thanks



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Go to someone that isn't a complete moron.

First off, an M3 does not have positive camber even stock; it has negative camber. When you lower the car, it gains more negative camber.

Unless something is really screwed up back there (and I really doubt it), it is virtually impossible that you have positive camber.

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Alignment is the one thing that I always get done at the dealership

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Alignment is the one thing that I always get done at the dealership
Most of them wont touch a lowered car with a 10 foot pole; same goes for most regular alignment places.

You usually have to go to some sort of performance shop; and honestly you should anyway. If you're dumping all that money into your car, you might as well spend the extra 30 or whatever dollars and get an alignment done right.

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well I can tell it has positive camber when I look at it and when I just went autocrossing the guys there made a comment about it.. So perhaps I'll be taking it to a performance place to have it done.. Impossible is nothing I'll take a picture if you'd like



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Please do. Never heard of any BMW with positive camber, stock or not.

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the sheet that shoes my alignment specs says that my
Driverside Rear tires Camber is +.3 deg the specified range is between -1.9 and -1.6 degrees
Passenger side rear camber is +.5 deg the specified range is the same as above.
IDK how it got this way but it did somehow obviously.
Where do you guys get a decent alignment at ? sears obviously wasnt' the right choice



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Dealership, racing shop, or a very good indy shop that you trust and will tell you if they don't have the right equipment.

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Dealership, racing shop, or a very good indy shop that you trust and will tell you if they don't have the right equipment.

any idea what it costs at the dealership
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No idea about the dealership, but don't ever take your car to Sears. They are not the most knowledgeable people... I've only ever heard about negative experiences with them.
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Seriously? How hard was it to call them yourself? I am sure they have a solid idea of how much they charge.

Last time I got an alignment at the dealership on my E36 I paid $100.

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Seriously? How hard was it to call them yourself? I am sure they have a solid idea of how much they charge.

Last time I got an alignment at the dealership on my E36 I paid $100.
c'mon man are you serious? no need to be a dick.. The dealership usually closes at 5 or 6 I'm guessing.. Was it that hard for someone who knew the answer to just type it out .. Other wise we'd call the dealership to do everything. I'm not trying to be a dick but seriously.. no need to be sarcastic..
Pretty sure I'm going to take mine to firestone at that end of the week. My roomie says they are pretty good and for 110 you can get a lifetime alignment. so that sounds pretty good.



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Talking specs

HERE! print out the sheets and take it to the alignment shop and tell them these are the readings you want ;-)

if you are that particular about readings... A good shop will give u a printout of their readings before and after alignment. Request/INSIST on a printout after they do the adjustments and compare these specs with their data.

Provided your car has not been in an alignment altering accident, i don't see why these figures cant be achieved
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c'mon man are you serious? no need to be a dick.. The dealership usually closes at 5 or 6 I'm guessing.. Was it that hard for someone who knew the answer to just type it out .. Other wise we'd call the dealership to do everything. I'm not trying to be a dick but seriously.. no need to be sarcastic..
Pretty sure I'm going to take mine to firestone at that end of the week. My roomie says they are pretty good and for 110 you can get a lifetime alignment. so that sounds pretty good.
You're welcome, by the way.

Also, what is this lifetime alignment deal? It sounds fishy (unless it means that you ay once and then you get free alignments anytime you need them in the future).

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You're welcome, by the way.

Also, what is this lifetime alignment deal? It sounds fishy (unless it means that you ay once and then you get free alignments anytime you need them in the future).
Yeah, they tell you "Oh it will be done right away", a man comes, takes your car to the back, it sits for 20 minutes then they come back and say "We did it, but out machine was broken so we can't give you a printout".

There is no such thing as a lifetime alignment. They all say it, but I really doubt anyone is gonna align it more than one other time on top of the first time you go. I mean you'd have people bringing shit in every 3 days ...

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