Suspension Brakes New Shocks = Alignment?

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  1. Dwight

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    Just ordered a set of Koni Sport Adj. shocks for F/R. Not changing anything else, but will I need an alignment when done? I don't think so, but ain't at all sure. Thanks! :confused5:
     
  2. 1972Austin

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    Anytime you alter your suspension (guessing you are lowering some) you should get the alignment checked to be sure. I know, first post but I swear I might know something.

    Shawn
     
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    I am only changing shocks/struts. The car is already lowered 30mm and was re-aligned at that time to compensate. Thanks anyhow! :Thumbsup:
     
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    Yes, cause you are pulling the springs and perches out to make the change. While it might look like it all goes back the exact same it doesn't.

    Give it a few days to settle in and then re-align.
     
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    Will do and thanks much. :Thumbsup:
     
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    #6 DneprDave, May 3, 2011
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    I dunno, the only adjustment I can see is the toe. If you haven't had the steering knuckles off, I don't see any reason to do an alignment.

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    +1 ^ :yesnod:
     
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    depends on how many potholes you hit since your last alignment:)
     
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    I do not think there is enough reason to spend $100 on an alignment after changing shocks (strut R&R) if you know the alignment was good before the shock replacement.
    I would instead use the funds towards camber plates. IE Fixed plates are only $180.
     
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    If you install IE fixed plates (highly recommended) you will need an alignment. Adding them will cause your MINI to go toe-in.
     
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    Good point about the alignment after camber plates.
    Kind of negates my justification for Dwight to spend more money on mods.
     
  12. Dwight

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    I don't do camber plates. With the exception of the Koni shocks, the suspension mods I've already done (see sig.) have produced the results I wanted. Dead neutral handling.
     
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    Get an alignment.......consider the cost of tires. An alignment is the same as a single cheap tire.
     
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    Regardless of whether your alignment was good you never know what might change. It's just piece of mind as tires aren't cheap as stated above. I have lifetime alignments through Firestone so anytime I do anything it's in for a free alignment! Pays for itself.

    Shawn
     
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    Dwight,

    I suspect you'll need one for the reason Nate outlines

    Drive it around a bit see how the car responds

    New Koni's? nice!
     
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    I'm with Scott, especially if you are still on the run flats. A possible bit of ride height change, a bit of twist on the reinstall, and you will start some funny wear on those very expensive tires. I tend to have alignment checked every year. Western Washington roads aren't very good anymore, and two of our local tracks have some brutal sections. The before and after specs are enough to convince me. An alignment is cheap, improves mileage and drivability. Just do it.
     

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