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Tracking / Geometry After Fitting Eibachs
Do you need to check the tracking/geometry of your car after getting Eibachs fitted?
No, not needed.29.09%
Yes, there and then (or as soon as possible e.g. <5000.00%
Yes, but after they settle which should only take only a short time e.g. 50-200 miles).1777.27%
Yes, but after they have a decent time to settle - ie. several hundred miles (5-600 miles or more)313.64%
 

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I am getting a set of Eibachs fitted next week and have come across several varying pieces of advice (both online and in person) on whether or not anything else should be done to ensure the car is set up correctly and to get the best out of them.

I have listed these in the above poll, let me know if I have missed any other options and post up your own thoughts on this or what your experience has been.

Cheers!!

ps- Just a thought - is there perhaps a difference between talking about Tracking and Geometry

e.g. A standard garage would not worry about tracking and be right in sayin it is not required but an tunning garage with ability to adjust toe/camber would treat this as geometry and have a different approach? (or are these all really just the same thing?)
 

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As a general rule, most garages with simple wheel alignment gauges can adjust your wheel alignment.
However a lot of garages still dont own gauges that can get the steering geometry as a whole as the equipment is expensive and the time it takes to do each car, makes the equipment too expensive to buy.

You dont need to take your car to a "Tuning specialist".

You can just as easily take you car to a reputable car garage/accident repair centre/tyre depot (If they have the correct equipment.)

"Tuning specialists" quite often charge a fortune and do the same job as many other places would do for half the price.

Even kwik fit are not that bad at doing geometry checks, a friend of mine works in kwik fit and he does a very good job for £35.00.

However it all depends on if the guy using the equipment knows how to do it properly.

Nationwide accident repair centre in dundee just spent over £20,000 on a new proalign system, they have two guys there that are fully trained in using the equipment and they only charge £25.00 plus vat.

Hope this helps you mate.
 

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by tunning I more meant a specialist garage with a reputation in this area, in this case ProGrip.

I went somewhere in Calder once (Extreme something or other IIRC) with the scooby and was charged over £120 before I knew better. That said the prices you are quoting are still a tad cheaper than ProGrip who are closer to the £50 mark.
 

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I voted for option 3 - "Yes, but after they settle which should only take a few miles."

But what I was told fits in between 2 & 3 really. I enquired about eibachs and re-alignment at the garage I had my 4 wheel alignment done at when I had a new set of tyres fit (4tyres). They said you basically need to drive it off the ramps, take it for a spin around the car park, do some breaking etc and pop it backup for the alignment.

Leaving it much longer does irreparable damage to the tyres which then can't be undone following the alignment and the tyres will continue to run according to the damaged cross tread pattern.

I have absolutely No idea whether that is true or not.
 

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QUOTE(seanyb @ 15 Jan 2010, 01:54 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I voted for option 3 - "Yes, but after they settle which should only take a few miles."

But what I was told fits in between 2 & 3 really.

It was after reading your input that made me post this poll. Cheers
 

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The problem with this is finding a happy medium, where the suspension has settled sufficiently to allow the steering settings to remain at/in an acceptable tollerance, I voted for option 3, but I think it would be better say after 200mls, if your wifes a big lass maybe 150mls.
 

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I would say get it done within a 100 miles or so, I had the Eibachs fitted and was lazy and didn't get it done, now my front tires are shot on the inside edges within 2000 miles (had no uneven wear before) also I have been told it transforms the handling once the alignment is done properly, mine doesn't feel that sharp.

Getting new tyres soon and will get the alignment done as well.

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I would suggest at least 200 miles but not more than 500 miles! I use Elite Direct to do mine and they charge £58 for checking and adjusting front and rear! If they dont have to adjust either end its only £18 for a check!
 

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a ford mechanic friend of mine recons you only need to travel a short distance ie up to 20 miles and all wil be settled ,he thinks the springs will only settle so far and dont need to do anymore miles than 20 .
how correct this is i dont no but ive voted for 50-200 miles on this basis .
 

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Cheers folks!

Looks like I will see if I cant get it to the garage the following week, its about a 40 mile drive and will no doubt use it a couple of times during the week so that should work out pretty well.
 
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