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Old 02 Jan 2003, 07:43 pm
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Default Alignment Kits

I'm installing a set of Goldline lowering springs on my '03 GT. In a thread on springs in another forum, there is much comment about alignment kits. Some say do install, others say don't bother. Can someone please educate me on these?

Is this a product relevant only to fwd cars? I've had several rwd cars on which I've installed lower/stiffer springs, progressive mostly, and have never had any mention of alignment kits. After install of the springs, wouldn't an alignment take care of the problem rather than installing another kit?

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Old 02 Jan 2003, 11:58 pm
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I didn't need a kit on my PT.. 1.6 front, 2.0 rear, did alignment and it was fine.

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Old 03 Jan 2003, 08:35 am
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I used the Eibach lowering springs and didn't need a kit on mine either.

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Old 06 Jan 2003, 02:09 pm
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PT's (and many FWD strut cars) don't have factory adjustability for camber. Camber is the tilting in (negative camber) or outward (positive) of the top of the tire. With dropped suspensions, negative camber is the result. BTW, Fords are the biggest offenders of camber <img src=icon_smile_shock.gif border=0 align=middle> Check out the Escorts to see what I mean here.

ANYWAY... there's a bolt called a cam-bolt or crash-bolt that allows camber adjustment to the factory setup: http://www.ingallseng.com/cars/chrysler.html

Did I need it on my Eibach drop? Probably not, but I figured since they had the strut assembly already apart, why not spend an extra $30 and put these two bolts in. Plus, I'm running 40-series tires so if there's some bad wear going on, I have the ability to fix it.

Part # is 3542 and is the same one as 2001+ Civics so you should be able to pick them up in the checkout line at Kmart...

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Old 06 Jan 2003, 07:53 pm
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Stephen, thanks for the p/n info.

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Old 13 Jan 2003, 11:01 pm
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It really is not a factor of front VS rear drive cars as it is with struts! My Mustang has an aftermarket Camber/caster plate that allows more adjustments for camber/caster because of lowering springs. It may not be necessary but it is good insurance having that extra adjustablity which may/may not be necessary!!

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Old 14 Jan 2003, 12:47 pm
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i know of one pt and he didn't need them either

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