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Old 08-03-2013, 02:51 AM
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Alignment after strut install

I just got my koni yellow adjustable struts in and installed them. Havent driven the car yet but after installing them Im trying to figure out why you would need to get the car aligned after doing the strut install.

Im lucky as one of my customers has an alignment shop and owes me money and the alignment will be free so I'll get it done monday. But studying what all I did for the install I cant see how theres anything to align let alone anything that got out of alignment either.

The only thing on the 3 series from everthing Ive read and what I ran into changing the struts shows that toe in is all you can adjust and thats not effected by the strut change if done correctly. Right?

Oh and pushing 300,000 miles those factory struts were... TOAST.

Rattles when extended or compressed and wont even stay extended if you stand them up. Got my moneys worth out of them no doubt
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Old 08-03-2013, 03:21 AM
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Alignment is very sensitive. Might look like nothing changed, but handling is perfect only when alignment is perfect.
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Old 08-03-2013, 03:42 AM
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If the ride height didn't change, you won't need an alignment.
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