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Old 09-02-2014, 08:46 PM
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Alignment questions

97 M3

Does front wheel width make any difference in a front end alignment? (NO)
Should factory settings be adjusted if wider than factory rims are used on the front (8.5 vs 7.5) (NO and the factory settings should be replaced with toe .10F to .20R / -2.5 front camber -1.5 rear camber)

Assuming that all front and rear suspension bushings have some effect on alignment, which areas would be the priority when it comes to replacing? (front and rear control arm bushings)
Or rather, which bushings have the most effect on wheel alignment and tire wear?

Do you trust any alignment shop or strictly a dealer or speciality BMW Shop when an alignment is needed. (spend wisely)

Do you agree that routine tire rotation and proper alignment is the key to the life of the tire and even tread wear? (and correct toe-in near 0/.10F/.20R)

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Old 09-02-2014, 10:23 PM
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Just found this, a big help but feel free to comment.

http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum...or-your-E36-M3


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Old 09-05-2014, 09:48 PM
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I would say yes vehice should be realigned at least.
In the front you have the push strut bushings and the strut mounts that are rubber will come apart it will cause play in the camber. In the rear you have the trailing arm bushings, they cause the rear to have excessive movement.
Yes alignment bmw are cambered in. Bmw always start eating the inside of the tires, usally camber is withing specs unless something i bad. Alignment check an re adjusting the toe will help alot. four wheel balancing is the best thing you can do for the life of your tires tire feathering will usually start about 3000 miles after and alignment and four wheel balance.


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Old 09-09-2014, 07:11 PM
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I'm trying to determine IF it would be worth while to replace the ball joints on the front control arms.
I have no movement with the wheel off the ground, everything feels pretty tight but the car has 158K and I don't know if they ever have been replaced.

I intend to replace the lollipop bushings so when this it disconnected maybe that's the best time to check wear on the ball joints?
I kinda would like to do it all at once but see no need to replace parts if they are still good.
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