Wheel Alignment

25 Jul, 2011

Wheel alignments are one of the most important services you can get for your car period. Not only will they help make your car stay true to the road but it also ensures that your vehicle does not pull to one side versus another and helps maintain tire wear.

What is a wheel alignment? It's actually exactly as it sounds, wheels alignments are the adjustment of 3 primary angles which are relative to each other and to the car body. These adjustments are the camber, caster and toe. The process of a wheel alignment is usually completed on a specialized alignment rack where your vehicle gets equipped with 4 temporary wheel reflectors which will provide real-time feedback to the computer to identify what your current angle settings are and what's needed to adjust. In this particular case we were using a Hunter 3D alignment rack.

The real-time visuals provide the mechanic the necessary information to make adjustments to your vehicle to ensure that all wheels are angled correctly for your suspension setup and road conditions; in this example the car was primarily setup for street use and required heavy adjustment to the toe angles as both wheels were pulling outward; we've also noted the driver side rear can no longer be adjusted as it's reached the maximum allowance and will require a new aftermarket toe link to ensure a perfect alignment. The aftermarket industry is full of high quality parts to help ensure perfect alignment for any setup and can be adjusted for your car whether it's your daily driver, drift car or hella flushed.

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