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Monkius 01-30-2006 09:40 PM

Strut bar/alignment really needed?
 
I've heard a few times on here that you need an alignment after installing a strut tower brace. What I haven't heard is [I]why[/I]. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I wouldn't think that removing the top strut bolts would affect alignment much. I mean, how much can the strut move around? Any help or advice would be appreciated.

rbk 01-31-2006 12:00 AM

Re: Strut bar/alignment really needed?
 
When I did my alignment on the weekend I asked the tech at saturn if it would affect it when I put on the strut bar and he said it would probably affect your TOE settings ONLY!! then I did not ask him why :P

ssicarman 01-31-2006 12:33 AM

Re: Strut bar/alignment really needed?
 
If you start really spreading the strut towers with the bar then the alignment could be affected. You would have to go pretty crazy to do that I would think. The only other way that you may change the alignment would be if the upper strut mount holes had been elongated for alignment purposes and the sturt shifted when you loosened the nuts off.

Monkius 01-31-2006 06:59 PM

Re: Strut bar/alignment really needed?
 
hmm maybe I could find a way to finagle it on one bolt at a time:hmpf: lol

S3aturnR 02-01-2006 01:10 PM

Re: Strut bar/alignment really needed?
 
[QUOTE=Monkius]I've heard a few times on here that you need an alignment after installing a strut tower brace. What I haven't heard is [I]why[/I]. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I wouldn't think that removing the top strut bolts would affect alignment much. I mean, how much can the strut move around? Any help or advice would be appreciated.[/QUOTE]

you probably won't have to worry about an alignment for this, as long as you make sure that the front wheels are on the ground when you do it. saturn does recommend that you get new mounting nuts tho, since they are a single use item (the threads are pinched to hold a torque) but i've reused them before without incident...


s3aturnr


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