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    Very Quick one for you guys, over the last two weeks I have replaced my Trailing Arm Damper Bush's, ARB bushes and my Upper Rear Control Arms, will the car now need to be re-tracked?

    I have only ahd it done about 2 months ago, but didnt know about the arms repalcement then?

    I havent noticed the car feeling any different bit does it knock it out?

    Also, I will be changing 2 rear tyres soon, if needs tracking, should I change the tyres before or after the tracking?

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    I would have thought it best to get them done at the same itme then you know they al both ok.
    Last edited by ed taylor; 2nd July 2008 at 22:16.

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    As Ed has said, best to get it done.
    I replaced my upper rear arms then got it all aligned.
    There is no guarantee that the bars dimensions are exactly the same.

    HTH

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    and

    You need to have the alignment checked EVERY time you do anything to the suspension.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vauxmang View Post
    Very Quick one for you guys, over the last two weeks I have replaced my Trailing Arm Damper Bush's, ARB bushes and my Upper Rear Control Arms, will the car now need to be re-tracked?

    I have only ahd it done about 2 months ago, but didnt know about the arms repalcement then?

    I havent noticed the car feeling any different bit does it knock it out?

    Also, I will be changing 2 rear tyres soon, if needs tracking, should I change the tyres before or after the tracking?

    Thanks.
    ?Did your car need tracking up m8...i asked a mate who's a tyre fitter for National Tyres...he said no need to as the track setting has not been altered.

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    Quote Originally Posted by macdad View Post
    ?Did your car need tracking up m8...i asked a mate who's a tyre fitter for National Tyres...he said no need to as the track setting has not been altered.

    Thats how I saw it as well, caution says have it checked anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by macdad View Post
    ?Did your car need tracking up m8...i asked a mate who's a tyre fitter for National Tyres...he said no need to as the track setting has not been altered.
    In all honesty, it can affect it as you are tugging on spanners and what not and that can knock it out.

    Anyway, ironically, by sorting the back arms out, it actually knocked out my front settings.

    When it got on the laser checker, it showed as the front was pulling inwards and the back was going a different way, but by adjusting the front it automatically pulled the back into line!

    Get it done mate, for the cost of it its well worth it!

    I swear by tracking as it saves your tyres and probably your life on a wet day and a pot hole!

    Get it done mate!


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    That I can believe mate, as due to the work you have done you would have almost certainly altered the Thrust Angle and this angle is crucial to getting the geometry correct, as correct front tracking can only truly be measured against the Thrust angle and the setting of rears, unfortunately a lot of centres claiming to do 4-wheel alignment appear to be clueless as to what is really going on and if you ask them what have they tracked the front against, you often get the answer 'what do you mean Sir' and in my opinion that answers it all!!
    Cheers Pete

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    Exactly!! Well said mate! Where I go the guy shows you what the angles were, then sets it up and shows what they are now!


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