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Old 03-10-2009, 12:08 PM   #1
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Hey everyone this is my first post on the site and hopefully i can get some good answers. I just lowered my car yesterday with an Eibach pro kit and it looks amazing. I have been driving on it for about 20 miles now letting the springs settle in. I know caster camber plates are recomended to fix allignment issues to prevent premature tire wear and with the price of my tires i def dont want that to happen. I was wondering if a ford dealership could reallign the car without the caster cambers plates and if it would work just as well? Will the allignment hold on the new springs? Im a broke college kid and my car only sees mostly highway miles and never sees the track, so would a dealership just be able to allign my car without me buying caster camber plates?
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If they can get the car to factory specification tolerances you should be good, chances are with the pro kit they will not be able to do this. If you try to get them to make sure that if it can not be corrected to factory specifications you do not pay for the service.

I am 90% sure you will require cc plates, get a good brand as some may not be worth your time/money.

The other alternative to CC plates is little plates that bolt down on the bottom of the shock that shift it, Ive seen these work but not sure who sells them. i think american muscle has them~ they are cheaper. Your issue is the camber, shifting the top of the tire out to offset that drop pulling it in is what you will need.
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ahhh not exactly the answer i wanted but the truth hurts. I guess i will go with a set of caster/camber plates although i really dont feel like installing them, the suspension took long enough with two guys in a parking lot for 6 hours. i have the sunburn to prove it. How much do places usually charge to install them. if it is too high ill do it myself but im trying to avoid as much trouble for as little cash as possible and i know thats hard to do.
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ahhh not exactly the answer i wanted but the truth hurts. I guess i will go with a set of caster/camber plates although i really dont feel like installing them, the suspension took long enough with two guys in a parking lot for 6 hours. i have the sunburn to prove it. How much do places usually charge to install them. if it is too high ill do it myself but im trying to avoid as much trouble for as little cash as possible and i know thats hard to do.
get the Maximum Motorsports ones. They are by far the best, and the alignment process is very easy with them (for the shop to do). They really aren't that hard to install.
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ive seen the little plates that go on the bottom of the shock in the front and they offset it to allow for camber, thats the cheapest way out~ otherwise your looking at 200-350 dollars for CC plates. Installation is very easy im sure
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ive seen the little plates that go on the bottom of the shock in the front and they offset it to allow for camber, thats the cheapest way out~ otherwise your looking at 200-350 dollars for CC plates. Installation is very easy im sure
I'm really not sure where you're getting your price range for CC plates. Anything over $225 is robbery.
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Those are the MM ones, that are top of the line, and are $200 shipped... and then you can subtract 6% with the forum discount, making them $188... and you can typically find some for sale that are slightly used for less.
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yea, 300 is for 05+ not pre 05's thats where the price differences comes in at
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yea, 300 is for 05+ not pre 05's thats where the price differences comes in at
ouch... luckily the ones I posted are the ones the OP needs
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Re: Front end allignment

alright thanks for the help guys, but one more question, how long can i drive the car without the cc plates, without noticable tire wear of course? i plan to get them as soon as possible, within the next month at most.
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alright thanks for the help guys, but one more question, how long can i drive the car without the cc plates, without noticable tire wear of course? i plan to get them as soon as possible, within the next month at most.
it all depends how far out the alignment is... my car hadn't had an alignment since the factory when she had about 120,000 miles on her... and over the course of 1.5 years, it would shave off the corner of the inner part of the passenger wheel. Everything else looked normal... but that was just going downhill fast. Just be sure to watch your tire wear on the entire tire. If you're talking a month, you may be fine
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