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Old 05-21-2014, 04:49 PM   Thread Starter #1
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So after a year of my Megan springs sitting around I finally put them in yesterday but now I have a problem. They dropped the car much more than I expected which didn't bother me until I went for an alignment today and was told they couldn't do anything (but still charged me). The springs ended up dropping me about 2.5" in the front and 2.25" in the rear. What do I need to buy now to get my alignment taken care of? I've been searching but see some people sayings I need rear camber arms, some say rear camber bolts, some say rear camber and toe bolts so I'm lost. I haven't really seen anything about the front but the alignment shop said I need something for that too. I'm more concerned with tire wear than handling since I dropped it for looks anyway and I'm looking for the cheapest solution to my problem because money is tight right now.

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Old 05-21-2014, 07:06 PM   #2
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Default Re: Finally Lowered Need Help

did they give you a print out of their measurements? your car looks to be sitting about the same as mine (back end may be a little lower) and my camber is only like -0.1 degrees from the limit.
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Old 05-21-2014, 11:41 PM   Thread Starter #3
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Default Re: Finally Lowered Need Help

No they didn't give me anything. I wish I would have talked to the tech before leaving the car there because when I came back they already had it on the rack and the guy came out and said he didn't think he could do anything with it but would go check it out and let me know. He claimed he couldn't get an accurate reading on anything because the car is too low. I don't think he knew what he was doing to be honest. That was at Firestone but I'm in the middle of nowhere Wisconsin so I'm not surprised. I did find a dealership near me that said they can do it but the tech there said I should make sure I have anything more I need (camber kit, etc) before coming so they can get it done in one shot which is why I'm checking here. My daughter has been in and out of the hospital for the last 6 weeks and the insurance deductibles have killed me so I really can't afford to do this more than once right now which is why I would rather buy anything more I need now and then get the alignment done once.
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Default Re: Finally Lowered Need Help

Firestone did mine as well but I talked to them before and explained I had just lowered it and that if they couldn't get it into spec to just get it as close as possible. If worse comes to worse get the camber the closest you can yourself till you can save some money, wont be the greatest for your tires but as longs as its not that way for to long you should be fine. Kids these days run stupid amount camber so a degree or so isnt going to be the worst but I wouldnt leave it either.
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Default Re: Finally Lowered Need Help

you can get the rear camber arms to straighten out your camber problem. you most likely wont safely be able to go to perfect alignment. with stock tire size and the height the car is now, ya have to make sure if you hit a bump your tire isnt gonna get slashed by the fender.
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Old 05-22-2014, 10:30 AM   Thread Starter #6
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Default Re: Finally Lowered Need Help

I actually run 20's with a 225/30 but took them off until I get it aligned so I don't mess up the tires. I should have plenty of room with them to clear the fenders and may roll the fenders just to be sure.

So what's the general consensus on which camber arms are best to go with? Most of what I am seeing is for the Ichiba's but some say they are the best to get and others say stay away because they are prone to snapping. I found some on eBay for $128 shipped but am now questioning whether or not I should go with them.
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I have the ichibas and have had no issues. I drive spiritedly so they are tested and true.

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Default Re: Finally Lowered Need Help

Im lowered on TEIN SS coil overs, Racingline Endlinks, Front and rear anti sway bars, granted my coil overs are adjustable I have never been told that my car couldn't be aligned. I have the lifetime alignment with Firestone ($160ish) and i use it every few months. No problems.
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Default Re: Finally Lowered Need Help

I ordered the Ichiba's tonight. $128 shipped and should have them next week. Hopefully that is all I will need so I can get the alignment done and start driving it again. Thanks to everyone who responded.
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Default Re: Finally Lowered Need Help

It should fix the issue. You might need front camber bolts also but I'm not 100% sure.
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