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Old 10-17-2017, 06:39 PM   #1
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Default Alignment issue my fault??

I can think of 2 alignments Ive had prior and they turned out fine. This time I took it in to precision tune again to have on done after I put on a pair inner and outer tie rods and lower control arms myself on my 95 sl2.

They told me I needed a camber bolt kit ($236!!!) or they could "toe and go it"
I asked if would get me going straight ,they said yes.

I drive off after have the alignment done and its pulling to the left. I go check tire pressure, its fine.

TLDR could I have damaged something during my replacing of control arms and tie rods that now prevent me from from a straight alignment??

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Old 10-17-2017, 08:17 PM   #2
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Default Re: Alignment issue my fault??

Are they speaking of this:
camber bolt kit

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Pair-SPC-Pe...kAAOSwnipWaMBg

or this:
https://www.ebay.com/itm/MOOG-Alignm...oAAOSwvzRXyHMn

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Old 10-17-2017, 08:26 PM   #3
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Default Re: Alignment issue my fault??

they said the kit was only about $23.

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Old 10-17-2017, 10:47 PM   #4
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Default Re: Alignment issue my fault??

my car can still have the camber aligned without this kit, right?? I need to take it back to them and have them redo it if so

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Old 10-17-2017, 11:03 PM   #5
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Default Re: Alignment issue my fault??

Technically yes, if it's got aftermarket struts with the lower hole slotted.

A local shop told me either $100 for 4 bolts or an extra hours labor charge (at $100/hr) when I brought my mod'd '93 SL2 to them. Didn't want weaker anything on that so paid the extra labor charge :/

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Old 10-17-2017, 11:22 PM   #6
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......They told me I needed a camber bolt kit ($236!!!) or they could "toe and go it"
I asked if would get me going straight ,they said yes.

I drive off after have the alignment done and its pulling to the left. I go check tire pressure, its fine.

TLDR could I have damaged something during my replacing of control arms and tie rods that now prevent me from from a straight alignment??
FWIW, coming from a non-S-Series owner, you probably didn't do anything to your SL2 to require the use of a camber bolt kit. This is a matter of "wear and tear" and not unusual. However, they obviously failed to align the vehicle correctly since your car is now pulling to the left. So it's got to go back to them to re-do their alignment job. BTW, was the alignment work only on the front end, or did they peform a four wheel alignment? In general, it's always best to do a four wheel alignment on a front wheel drive car, especially when it has independent rear suspension.

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my car can still have the camber aligned without this kit, right?? I need to take it back to them and have them redo it if so
As stated above, the alignment re-do is already required. It's possible that installation of the camber kits was unnecessary. (Do you have the old lower strut mounting bolts?) Nevertheless, if the shop's mechanic was correct in his diagnosis then the camber kit is needed - no matter what - to get an accurate alignment of the vehicle.

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Old 10-18-2017, 07:01 AM   #7
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I'd definitely take it back and have them fix it.

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Old 10-18-2017, 10:53 AM   #8
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Default Re: Alignment issue my fault??

Post the actual numbers for the present alignment.

I gotta ask... the tires/wheels are the same ones as before this started?

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Old 10-18-2017, 02:27 PM   #9
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Update
So, wow, I took it back and I'm missing two subframe bolts....On the passenger side. One behind the tire and one in front that was apparently missing so the frame was welded back on(weld now broken). I had been trying to track down some clunking...so.. And the motor and transmission have been replaced before (not by me)...so... the subframe I assume is from that.

So off to the junk yard.

Yes, same tires and I didn't bother to get reading numbers.

So if anybody has any advice or video link on dealing with the subframe or socket sizes...I'm on my way to the junk yard now.

Thanks yall

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