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Old 03-26-2009, 02:53 PM   #1
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Alignment time

Well before I put the new rims on, I wanna do the alignment.

Last year i had it done at Woodbridge Alignment and the steering wheel was left crooked to the side. I had my new rims on and they used some hand held gauge method where they dont use the lasers, due to the possibility of scratching the rims.

Now i still have my beaters on, and would like it done with the lasers.

My questions is in regards to the rear wheel alignment. They quoted me $65 fronts and $45 for the rears. Do E39s need rear alignment, i have never done it before. I know they have off centered bolt heads, but i dont think the rears need aligning.

Not sure if i should take it back to Woodbridge Alignment
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Old 03-26-2009, 03:30 PM   #2
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Dado, if you had a problem with the steering being off all you had to do was take it back and they would redo the alignment.

The rear suspension on the E39 is very adjustable but before getting the rear adjusted you should make sure the rear ball joints and bushings are in good shape first. This applies to the front as well.
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Old 03-26-2009, 03:45 PM   #3
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I did and the guy actually told me that there is nothing more he can do. He just cant get it to be straight. Ball joints are all good.
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Old 03-26-2009, 07:41 PM   #4
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I did and the guy actually told me that there is nothing more he can do. He just cant get it to be straight. Ball joints are all good.
interesting... i had an older car a while ago where it used to be off... they said they could add a shimmy to correct it but the culprit was the tires... is your steering off for both set of rims or just one?

I am beginning to think woodbridge alignment is not what it used to be... i have taken a few cars there and i had unsatisfactory results all times..

my brand new tires right after alignment developed feathering.

The alignment should be same for all tires but the car may pull in one direction vs another depending on the wear of the tires.

I am at a loss for a good alignment place in GTA.
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Old 03-26-2009, 09:54 PM   #5
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Its the same for both sets. I was there today actually to check the price and i was just observing the guys working there. Alot of younger guys, and i see them taking cars for test runs and just stepping on it. I did not like that.

So porksoda i guess im at a loss too
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Old 03-26-2009, 10:39 PM   #6
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well i have been reading a lot about alignment and people say its worth it to get it done at the dealership... i am not certain what the cost is but everytime i have gone to the dealer i end up spending money i shouldn't.

Apparently we should get the alignment done on a hunter system.
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Old 03-26-2009, 10:43 PM   #7
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interesting... i had an older car a while ago where it used to be off... they said they could add a shimmy to correct it but the culprit was the tires... is your steering off for both set of rims or just one?

I am beginning to think woodbridge alignment is not what it used to be... i have taken a few cars there and i had unsatisfactory results all times.. my brand new tires right after alignment developed feathering.

The alignment should be same for all tires but the car may pull in one direction vs another depending on the wear of the tires.

I am at a loss for a good alignment place in GTA.
The first alignment that Woodbridge Alignment did on my E39 was done on worn tires, the car still pulled slightly to the left after the alignment. They said it was the tires and they were right after changing to new tires the car drove perfectly straight.

I don't do the alignment on my E39 but I've done my own alignments on my track car and even if the alignment was done correctly and checked over and over if the tires or suspension are worn the car will still pull and do funny things. The technician can try to compensate and make the car go straight but that will result in the tires wearing faster.

Having owned my E39 for over two years I've concluded that BMWs over all need peroidic suspension maintenance more than any car that I've owned. BMW is the only car that I've owned that require a pre-described weight to be placed in the car to preload the suspension to properly do an alignment. While this may be correct in theory but it underlines the fact that the suspension my be overly complicated and therefore problematic with worn components.
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According to some BMW people, Steve at Bavarian Motors is a BMW suspension guru, he setups up alot of the BMW track cars. It aint going to be a $100 alignment tho.
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What is the required load in the driver seat in order to complete alignment? Is this how dealerships do it?
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What is the required load in the driver seat in order to complete alignment? Is this how dealerships do it?
I'm not sure of the exact weight(s)... something like 150 lb in the driver's seat and weight added to each rear seat as well. I've had guys tell me on BF.c that the alignment shops add weight for the alignment but they still have problems so I think it will still come down to the condition of the suspension components and tires on the car.
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