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Old 10-06-2013, 12:05 AM   #1
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Alignment after lowering my car question

I've finally got all the parts and will be lowering my 96 Cobra probably 1.5". Using H&R springs, Bilstein shocks & struts, Maximum Motorsports caster camber plates, new urethane isolators, and Golden West Suspensions full length sub frame connectors.

The local performance tire shop charges $69 for 4 wheel alignment and yes they know the car will be lowered.

The local Bear alignment shop that specializes in alignment & suspension quoted me about $125.

Should I suspect the same job from both? I want it done right and will have spent close to $1000 on parts and labor. I don't want to cheap out on the alignment, but I don't want to waster money either. Thanks, Dave
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Depends what you want from an alignment. I always suggest getting the steeda bump steer kit when lowering. Really helps dial everything in. If you just want a stock alignment spec, then the cheap alignment is fine. All depends on how good the guys doing the work are. Of course, if you can, just get a 2 wheel alignment. There is nothing to adjust in the rear for our cars.
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I've finally got all the parts and will be lowering my 96 Cobra probably 1.5". Using H&R springs, Bilstein shocks & struts, Maximum Motorsports caster camber plates, new urethane isolators, and Golden West Suspensions full length sub frame connectors.

The local performance tire shop charges $69 for 4 wheel alignment and yes they know the car will be lowered.

The local Bear alignment shop that specializes in alignment & suspension quoted me about $125.

Should I suspect the same job from both? I want it done right and will have spent close to $1000 on parts and labor. I don't want to cheap out on the alignment, but I don't want to waster money either. Thanks, Dave
Did you get it in writing? If not go back and after take each others estimate and go back and find out why the difference in prices.
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Depends what you want from an alignment. I always suggest getting the steeda bump steer kit when lowering. Really helps dial everything in. If you just want a stock alignment spec, then the cheap alignment is fine. All depends on how good the guys doing the work are. Of course, if you can, just get a 2 wheel alignment. There is nothing to adjust in the rear for our cars.
+1 Our cars just need a 2 wheel alignment so it's running you about $40-$50
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if any shop told me my mustang needed a four wheel alignment I'd look at them crazy
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if any shop told me my mustang needed a four wheel alignment I'd look at them crazy
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Didn't know you could align a SRA lol
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if any shop told me my mustang needed a four wheel alignment I'd look at them crazy
OP here. 4 wheel alignment was my mistake. Not the shops. I'll ask what the guarantee is the alignment. Someone mentioned their shop offered lifetime warranty. That may be worth the extra bucks.
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if any shop told me my mustang needed a four wheel alignment I'd look at them crazy
Unless you have an irs car. Had a shop argue with me. Ended up with a 4 wheel alignment for cost of 2 wheel. That shop now listens to customers.

All alignments should be the same. I recommend reading what your suspension manufacturers recommend and have the alignment set to those specs rather than oem.
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Mine was $79 just went in told I needed alignment and idk if they done 2 or 4 which clearly you can't adjust the sra but I was charged $79

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They must've done a 4 just to get more money out of your pocket. The sra makes only the front 2 need an alignment.
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Oh I know that why. But I guess I should've told them that. Next time I will.
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