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Old 11-15-2010, 07:22 PM   #1
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pfadt spring install - how soon should you get an alignment?

the instructions state to get an alignment after install, but they do not specify when. should I put some miles on them prior to getting an alignment?
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Old 11-15-2010, 07:29 PM   #2
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Old 11-15-2010, 10:39 PM   #3
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springs 'settling' is probably a myth, I was asking in the off chance that some miles should be put on them prior to alignment. not something I really want to do more then once a year : )

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Old 11-15-2010, 10:52 PM   #4
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I know OP asked about alignment after springs install - I had Pfadt coilovers installed and felt the Camaro being off on the drive home. I had both front & rear alignment done next day & immediately felt the difference. Handling post- alignment was as I expected - I wouldn't wait long after your install.


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Old 11-16-2010, 10:33 AM   #5
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Hi Entaille, both of the answers given above are accurate! Let me know if there is anything else you are not clear on!
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Old 11-16-2010, 11:27 AM   #6
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If you put the springs on yourself, you'll be worried that you screwed something up, after the first drive. It will feel strange and not feel secure. This is mostly the alignment. Once you get it aligned, most of that will go away. Add the sways to take it away completely.
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Old 11-16-2010, 12:59 PM   #7
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one step at a time! I hope the springs don't feel awkward without the sways to compliment them!
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Old 11-16-2010, 01:35 PM   #8
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one step at a time! I hope the springs don't feel awkward without the sways to compliment them!
The springs are good all on their own, the sway bars take it to the next level.
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Old 11-16-2010, 02:13 PM   #9
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The springs are good all on their own, the sway bars take it to the next level.
and you won't need another alignment if you do the springs first and then the sways. I have springs and will do the sways next. My dealership told me to bring it in for the alignment as soon as I got it lowered so they could get it back into spec. Rides good now but can't wait to add the sways.
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Old 11-16-2010, 02:47 PM   #10
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Old 11-16-2010, 02:56 PM   #11
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negative sir, it looks like they are hanging out in Cali right now, kinda weird to go from Utah->Cali->Wa, we'll see today or tomorrow, hopefully he didnt ship em to you by mistake : )
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and you won't need another alignment if you do the springs first and then the sways. I have springs and will do the sways next. My dealership told me to bring it in for the alignment as soon as I got it lowered so they could get it back into spec. Rides good now but can't wait to add the sways.
Nice add-on. Realignment often gets associated with any suspension mods. Typically, it's only when you lower/raise the vehicle that you need to do a alignment. If you got the Pfadt springs, i'd recommend you use their street performance alignment. Gives you a good balance between performance and tire wear.
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at freeway cruising speeds im getting some steering wheel vibration. I have a good feeling the car sat for too long and the tires developed some flat spots .. I'm going to see if my local dealership can resolve that before I install the springs. I know they will blame the springs if I bring it in lowered : (
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at freeway cruising speeds im getting some steering wheel vibration. I have a good feeling the car sat for too long and the tires developed some flat spots .. I'm going to see if my local dealership can resolve that before I install the springs. I know they will blame the springs if I bring it in lowered : (
How long did it sit? It could just be alignment.
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I know OP asked about alignment after springs install - I had Pfadt coilovers installed and felt the Camaro being off on the drive home. I had both front & rear alignment done next day & immediately felt the difference. Handling post- alignment was as I expected - I wouldn't wait long after your install.


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at freeway cruising speeds im getting some steering wheel vibration. I have a good feeling the car sat for too long and the tires developed some flat spots .. I'm going to see if my local dealership can resolve that before I install the springs. I know they will blame the springs if I bring it in lowered : (
I can not argue with your logic. I would make sure everything is tip-top before you proceed!
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Old 11-16-2010, 07:08 PM   #18
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How long did it sit? It could just be alignment.
I'm not sure. I've only had the car for 4 months and 2200 miles worth. I am thinking it may have sat at the lot or production line for a while. Either way I'll have the dealer check it out first so they can't play the blame game
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I'm not sure. I've only had the car for 4 months and 2200 miles worth. I am thinking it may have sat at the lot or production line for a while. Either way I'll have the dealer check it out first so they can't play the blame game
Oh my bad. I thought you already installed the springs. It may just need a simple balance.
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