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    alignment shop?

    Anyone deal with a good alignment shop in the Baltimore area?

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    BMW of Towson does a great job. Call Bill first though. Seriously, that's where I get mine done.

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    And they don't have a problem with custom spec's?

    Now if only they were open on Monday....what good is a day off work if nothing else is open :sad:

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    Quote Originally Posted by bren
    And they don't have a problem with custom spec's?

    Now if only they were open on Monday....what good is a day off work if nothing else is open :sad:
    No problem at all with custom specs. I had -3.5 in the front and -2 in the rear last time I was there.

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    Now if only they were open on Monday....what good is a day off work if nothing else is open :sad:
    Yeah, and you work so far away from there too.

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    Re: alignment shop?

    Quote Originally Posted by bren
    Anyone deal with a good alignment shop in the Baltimore area?
    Is this supposed to fix the issue where the rear wants to be the front? :grin:

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    Re: alignment shop?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bren
    Anyone deal with a good alignment shop in the Baltimore area?
    Is this supposed to fix the issue where the rear wants to be the front? :grin:

    Alex
    Well, uh...hopefully.

    I'm going to blame that on equal parts driver error, alignment, and the darned Sport button. ops:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doby

    No problem at all with custom specs. I had -3.5 in the front and -2 in the rear last time I was there.
    What sort of Toe do you run?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bren
    Quote Originally Posted by Doby

    No problem at all with custom specs. I had -3.5 in the front and -2 in the rear last time I was there.
    What sort of Toe do you run?
    At the time, 0 Front, tiny bit IN -rear

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doby

    At the time, 0 Front, tiny bit IN -rear
    I thought I'd be smart and 0 the front and rear to get the car to rotate real nicely but that was NOT a good idea....definitely need some toe in the rear ops:

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    Yeah, there was only one person I know of that ran 0 toe in the rear, and that was RonK. He also ran a little out in the front. I'm running a little out in front and lots in at the rear.

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    I'm starting to seriously consider getting those SmartStrings to be able to do some adjusting on my own. Dropping $100+ for an alignment just to "test" some settings is going to get awfully expensive.

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    I have the longacre camber gauge now, and measuring toe is just simply measuring with a tape measure. However, getting things perfect is worth the $125.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doby
    ....measuring toe is just simply measuring with a tape measure.
    Well, yes and no. Don't forget about thrust angle. That's what is nice about the SmartStrings, they help you keep the car square.

    I suppose I could use a tape and play with different amounts of toe until it feels good and then take it in to the shop to make sure everything is even. Problem is I can't really get to the limits of the car on the streets to get a feel for each setting. The way it's set now feels a little twitchy on the road but it wasn't until the autox that I realized how bad it really is. I just could not put power down without losing the rear end.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bren
    I just could not put power down without losing the rear end.
    You do know you have an E46 M3

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