BMW M3 Forum (E90 E92)

BMW Garage BMW Meets Register Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read


Go Back   M3Post - BMW M3 Forum > E90/E92 M3 Technical Topics > Suspension | Brakes | Chassis
 
GTB Performance
Post Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
      03-28-2009, 02:32 PM   #1
BayerischeMotorenWerke
Second Lieutenant
 
BayerischeMotorenWerke's Avatar
 
Drives: slowly and carefully
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Motel 6

Posts: 259
iTrader: (0)

Problems with alignment after spring install?

I'm thinking of getting springs installed on my M3 but I'm a little hesitant due to the last time i did:

I installed H&R lowering springs on my old car (C63) and afterwards the alignment was off. I went to get the alignment done, and the car still pulled to the right. The dealer told me it was a "radial pull" from the tires, but that sounded like b/s to me, since I had the tires on before the lowering springs, and there were no problems. I never was able to get that straightened out and it annoyed the hell out of me.

So, do any of you have alignment issues on your M3's after installing springs? Also, for any SoCal residents, what is the best shop to get this done?
BayerischeMotorenWerke is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
      03-28-2009, 03:02 PM   #2
FStop7
I like cars
 
FStop7's Avatar
 
Drives: M6
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Newbury Park, CA

Posts: 5,059
iTrader: (3)

You should always get your alignment re-done after having springs installed. Wait a week or so for the suspension to settle.

I would strongly recommend Darin @ West End Alignment in Gardena. I know that's a long way from San Diego, but it's worth it. He does street and race alignments for cars from all across the west. People bring their cars to him from SF, Phoenix, Vegas, etc.

I originally had my alignment done at another shop and I was not happy with the the way it felt, plus the steering wheel was off center. So I took my car to Darin, he straightened it out very quickly.
__________________
FStop7 is offline   Vatican City State
0
Reply With Quote
      03-28-2009, 03:08 PM   #3
DoNDoN
Colonel
 
DoNDoN's Avatar
 
Drives: 2008 E92 M3 AW
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: NoVA

Posts: 2,038
iTrader: (1)

Once I put my springs on I ran it for a couple of weeks and then went to get the alignment done. It was a little off but it was definitely worth doing. Any time you have work on your suspension you should always get your alignment checked.
__________________
DoNDoN is offline   Thailand
0
Reply With Quote
      03-28-2009, 03:51 PM   #4
r_seng
End Game
 
r_seng's Avatar
 
Drives: Devil's Chariot
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: So. Cal

Posts: 350
iTrader: (0)

As already mentioned, an alignment should be done a min. of one week after your spring install.
r_seng is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      03-28-2009, 08:19 PM   #5
BayerischeMotorenWerke
Second Lieutenant
 
BayerischeMotorenWerke's Avatar
 
Drives: slowly and carefully
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Motel 6

Posts: 259
iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by FStop7 View Post
You should always get your alignment re-done after having springs installed. Wait a week or so for the suspension to settle.

I would strongly recommend Darin @ West End Alignment in Gardena. I know that's a long way from San Diego, but it's worth it. He does street and race alignments for cars from all across the west. People bring their cars to him from SF, Phoenix, Vegas, etc.

I originally had my alignment done at another shop and I was not happy with the the way it felt, plus the steering wheel was off center. So I took my car to Darin, he straightened it out very quickly.
Thanks, I'll definitely take my car to him. Sounds like he knows what he's doing.

Regarding my previous experience, I had the alignment done a week after spring install at the dealer, but the car was STILL pulling. I even went back and they did it again, but to no avail. That's what I want to avoid this time around.
BayerischeMotorenWerke is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
      03-28-2009, 09:13 PM   #6
FStop7
I like cars
 
FStop7's Avatar
 
Drives: M6
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Newbury Park, CA

Posts: 5,059
iTrader: (3)

Most dealerships just know how to use a machine that tells them it's right when it really isn't. The best alignment guys do this stuff by instinct, it's pretty amazing.
__________________
FStop7 is offline   Vatican City State
0
Reply With Quote
      03-30-2009, 12:17 PM   #7
Jared@ACGsandiego
Private First Class
 
Drives: BMW
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: San Diego

Posts: 181
iTrader: (1)

Since your in San Diego, I would suggest Clarence Brown or True line... well that is until we get our new Hunter Alignment rack installed
Jared@ACGsandiego is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
      03-30-2009, 12:57 PM   #8
jk6672
First Lieutenant
 
jk6672's Avatar
 
Drives: 2008 E90 m3 6MT
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: El Centro, Ca

Posts: 332
iTrader: (2)

Quote:
Originally Posted by Jared@ACGsandiego View Post
Since your in San Diego, I would suggest Clarence Brown or True line... well that is until we get our new Hunter Alignment rack installed
Did you guys move yet?
jk6672 is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      03-31-2009, 05:13 PM   #9
Jared@ACGsandiego
Private First Class
 
Drives: BMW
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: San Diego

Posts: 181
iTrader: (1)

Quote:
Originally Posted by jk6672 View Post
Did you guys move yet?
May 1st

dyno will be installed mid june! Can't wait
Jared@ACGsandiego is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
      04-04-2009, 10:50 PM   #10
Dontbethatguy
Private First Class
 
Drives: 2011 550i Manual
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: West Texas

Posts: 174
iTrader: (1)

Quote:
Originally Posted by FStop7 View Post
Most dealerships just know how to use a machine that tells them it's right when it really isn't. The best alignment guys do this stuff by instinct, it's pretty amazing.
Do they feel it in their loins when it's perfect or what? Just curious...
__________________
'11 550i with 6-Speed Manual
Lots of Old Cars That Nobody Cares About
Dontbethatguy is offline   United_States
0
Reply With Quote
      04-04-2009, 11:03 PM   #11
sard
Major
 
Drives: 2008 M3
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Southern California

Posts: 1,330
iTrader: (1)

Send a message via AIM to sard
Quote:
Originally Posted by TrevorD View Post
Do they feel it in their loins when it's perfect or what? Just curious...
Well in that case it'll typically hang more to the right.
sard is offline  
0
Reply With Quote
Post Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:16 PM.




m3post
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.0
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
1Addicts.com, BIMMERPOST.com, E90Post.com, F30Post.com, M3Post.com, ZPost.com, 5Post.com, 6Post.com, 7Post.com, XBimmers.com logo and trademark are properties of BIMMERPOST