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Old 30 Aug 2012, 09:00 am
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Red face Alignment done...

Well, I got my alignment done and new tires installed.

I went with a set of Hankook Optimo 4S "four season" tires. 205/60R16... Just a bit oversize.

The difference between before and after is amazing. Steering is much lighter and dead straight. Noise is down a bit. Don't see much of a difference in the fuel economy on the display - but tire is a few percent bigger, so I guess that's good.

There wasn't much of a difference. Does toe really make that much of a difference?

I'm also not that happy with the difference in camber from left to right.

Finally... I replaced the drivers side rear control arm bushing a few days ago. The mechanic says that both bushings are torn. How could this be? They want $240 to replace them on both sides (reasonable I guess, if they are torn). They also want $575 to fix "lower control arm contacting K-frame"...what's that about?

Here is my alignment printout:

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Old 30 Aug 2012, 10:26 am
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This should have been done before alignment. The reason for the contact is the bad bushings. They cost about $30 for the rear bushings. Markup and labor is the rest DIY TIME!

At least check other shops. Don't tell what you were told by shops. Better way to judge honesty!
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Old 30 Aug 2012, 11:10 am
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Default Re: Alignment done...

That difference is quite common and really nothing to worry about but it can be corrected.
The rear is fairly expensive to have properly aligned. Lots of labor involved in the process. They have to removed the entire stub axle and place shims between them and the axle beam and repeat several time to get it correct.

Like Busted said, the bushings should have all been done before the alignment, because it will need to be redone once the new parts are installed.
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Old 31 Aug 2012, 05:39 pm
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You can get complete control arms with all BRAND NEW bushings AND balljoints like I did from Rockauto for around $68 each . After all you'll have to pull the old ones to do just the bushings so why not replace them & have all brand new stuff ???
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Old 31 Aug 2012, 05:40 pm
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You can get complete control arms with all BRAND NEW bushings AND balljoints like I did from Rockauto for around $68 each . After all you'll have to pull the old ones to do just the bushings so why not replace them & have all brand new stuff ???
Because I'm in Canada and shipping costs more than the parts!!!

IF the bushing is torn AGAIN, I'm just going to spend a few dollars and get some urethane bushings. The passenger side are looks to be a pain to get off though.
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Old 31 Aug 2012, 06:35 pm
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Because I'm in Canada and shipping costs more than the parts!!!

IF the bushing is torn AGAIN, I'm just going to spend a few dollars and get some urethane bushings. The passenger side are looks to be a pain to get off though.
Ahhh ok ! Didn't bother to look where you are located . My fiance is working in Toronto currently I go there frequently & I'll agree almost EVERYTHING about Canada is a pain in the ass !!! You have my sympathy sir
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Old 31 Aug 2012, 07:02 pm
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The passenger side is a little more challenging because you have to also remove the lower torque strut and the splash shield. Both are not too difficult to deal with, just extra work...
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