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June 01, 2015, 11:10 PM #0

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So long story short i bought my car, switched to aftermarket suspension(hsd) but didnt do any camber adjustments just the natural camber and had an alignment shortly after. Now i switched back to my stock suspension.

- The car drives good if im just cruising at any speed without touching the steering wheel.
-braking is good
- when giving gas from a stop i can feel the car move to one side a bit
-when turning the wheel full rotation i feel the front end buckle or "shimmy"
- when i go over a bump i can feel the suspension have a minor shake and the steering wheel moves a bit(minor resistance)

would an alignment fix this problem? or would it be due to the install? or something else?

I know ur suppose to get an alignment after messing with any suspension parts but just curious if this is normal

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    June 02, 2015, 08:47 AM #1

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    Yes you should get an alignment, bad toe will also kill your tires real quick. Also double check all bolts and the top hat bolts are tight.

      June 02, 2015, 08:56 AM #2

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      it's pretty normal for a front wheel drive vehicle to pull to one side when giving gas from a stop, depending on how hard on the gas you are you'll notice it more.
      and like Shaun mentioned above double check bolts and check out your alignment. 
      how much mileage is on the stock set up? still original strut mounts? 
      after replacing my strut mounts I eliminated some noise and some vibration.
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        June 02, 2015, 11:40 AM #3

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        Originally posted by DonR
        it's pretty normal for a front wheel drive vehicle to pull to one side when giving gas from a stop, depending on how hard on the gas you are you'll notice it more.
        and like Shaun mentioned above double check bolts and check out your alignment. 
        how much mileage is on the stock set up? still original strut mounts? 
        after replacing my strut mounts I eliminated some noise and some vibration.
        Any idea what causes that shimmy? My car does the same thing, but i've never really given it much thought. I vaguely recal reading something about poly inserts in motor mounts fixing this? (I could be completely wrong, terrible memory)
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          June 02, 2015, 01:30 PM #4

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          Originally posted by DonR
          it's pretty normal for a front wheel drive vehicle to pull to one side when giving gas from a stop, depending on how hard on the gas you are you'll notice it more.
          and like Shaun mentioned above double check bolts and check out your alignment. 
          how much mileage is on the stock set up? still original strut mounts? 
          after replacing my strut mounts I eliminated some noise and some vibration.

          90k km on stock coilovers. I just measured each side from the ground to fender and each side was different.

          65 1/2 inches
          67,  inches
          67 1/2, inches
          66 1/2 inches

          I put my stock back in for a first time so iunno if i didnt do something right?

            June 02, 2015, 05:20 PM #5

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            "stock coilovers"?

            Stock suspension back on? EVERY TIME you touch your suspension even to raise and lower just half inch it will throw the alignment out. Suspensions nature is to camber itself the lower it goes (aka regular driving over a bump) So when you lower your cars height, it will reenact "going over a bump" and camber itself. toe and caster also change dramatically when you alter the height and this is what wears tires the fastest. you altered the suspension geometry and all depending on how the suspension was built (ball joint location and such.. ) this will all determine how much your alignment will change. What you're gunna want to do, lift the tire off the ground, grab it at 9-3 and wiggle it.. if you don't have play that a good thing. tighten all the nuts and bolts and re check them again before you bring it in for an alignment (they get mad if they have to do the work all for you) and get it done. don't be cheap. you save 120 for an alignment now and it will cost you 800+ on rubbers very quickly.

            Double check everything is tight, and bring it in. DONE

              June 02, 2015, 05:55 PM #6

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              Originally posted by STI LOL
              "stock coilovers"?

              Stock suspension back on? EVERY TIME you touch your suspension even to raise and lower just half inch it will throw the alignment out. Suspensions nature is to camber itself the lower it goes (aka regular driving over a bump) So when you lower your cars height, it will reenact "going over a bump" and camber itself. toe and caster also change dramatically when you alter the height and this is what wears tires the fastest. you altered the suspension geometry and all depending on how the suspension was built (ball joint location and such.. ) this will all determine how much your alignment will change. What you're gunna want to do, lift the tire off the ground, grab it at 9-3 and wiggle it.. if you don't have play that a good thing. tighten all the nuts and bolts and re check them again before you bring it in for an alignment (they get mad if they have to do the work all for you) and get it done. don't be cheap. you save 120 for an alignment now and it will cost you 800+ on rubbers very quickly.

              Double check everything is tight, and bring it in. DONE


              Yeah im bringing it to my family mechanic tmrw i just wanted some input before i bring it in. Thxs

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                Originally posted by jordisonjr
                Any idea what causes that shimmy? My car does the same thing, but i've never really given it much thought. I vaguely recal reading something about poly inserts in motor mounts fixing this? (I could be completely wrong, terrible memory)
                couldn't tell you just based off of description, if I felt it I might have a better idea.
                motor mounts can cause the pull from side to side though as well.  Would pull to one side on accel and the opposite side on decel.  That would mostly be noticeable on transaxle/FWD vehicles.  could get some vibration depending how bad the mount is.
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