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    Thumbs up first 4 wheel alignment

    Just booked my car in for a 4 wheel alignment at a garage in Derby for next wednesday (18th), with the hunter system. Guy sounded real helpful on the phone.

    only just got round to bookin it.

    I hit a kerb tryin to get out of my road when it snowed and now my steerin wheel is slightly off centre when goin straight. the road is up a slight hill, and the it cambers. its a cul-de-sac aswell, so the gritters dont come down.
    My wheels started spinnin half way up the raod, and as they did i started slidin towards the kerb. I couldnt do anything to stop it.
    I bumped the kerb which pushed me forward a bit givin my tyres a bit of grip to get me up the rest of the road. checked the wheels, and theres a bit of a graze to the lip, hung out the window to see if i could see if it was bent, but looks fine.

    got under the car last night to check to see if i could see anything bent/cracked etc. all looks fine.

    This is the first proper (garage) alignment the vec has had since i got it (jan 2005).
    When i fitted the coilovers i could find anywhere local that could set it up for me due to the lack of wheel/arch gap. so i set it up myself.

    I first set the camber on the rear to be as close to 0 as the standard adjustments allowed, which isnt very close to 0. then i adjusted the eccentric bolts slightly for a rough tracking alignment.

    Did the same for the front. set the camber so the tyres didnt rub on the inner arches, this camber adjustment seemed to set a nice toe measurement aswell. Had these settings for 3 years now on 3 sets of tyres.

    There is a some inner tyres wear on the rear (to be expected from the camber) but it isnt overly fast. the front is the same, slightly extra wear on the inner edges but again not overly fast.
    I do about 18,000 a year on average.

    Ill update this thread when Ive had it done to show the read out of the measurements and to let u all know how i got on.


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    Had my veccy done as well on a Hunter system,you will notice a lot of difference believe me !

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    hi just a quick question how much is it to get the aligment ????
    or do prices vary garage to garage .......rough price dont want to be paying over the odds


    cheers mark

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    Im not sure. hes got to have a quick look at my car and see if he can do it (due to the suspension height). then he wil give me a rough price for checkin and anything that needs altering.
    He will be doin tracking and camber for me.

    Silverhairedracer: how much did ure alignment cost, if u dont mind me askin?

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    You should be looking to pay between £35-£45 for a four wheel alignment. Should take about 10-15 minutes and is well worth it.

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    Cheers

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    cheers steve,carl........not bad atall

    mark

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stevie-B View Post
    You should be looking to pay between £35-£45 for a four wheel alignment. Should take about 10-15 minutes and is well worth it.

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    There's a big difference between 4 wheel alignment and a Full Global set up as per http://www.wheels-inmotion.co.uk/tec...ignsystems.php.

    My full global set up took an hour and cost £80 but well worth it.

    Carl - check to see if they load the front seats with weights to simulate loads on the suspension. If they do, then they should now what they're doing from there on in.

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    From what i can gather from previous threads,the cost for the hunter set up done through...alighnmycar.com is about roughly the cost of a new tyre,Carl funny you should mention that your steering wheel is off centre,so is mine did it the same way too,by hitting a kerb in the snow.....ps let me know how you get on cus i'll be doing the same after i fit the lowering springs...cheers.

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