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HELP: Not able to perfectly align

Took my 05 Elise to BMW dealer here in Greensboro, NC. They are well versed in alignment as they do all of the Lambos and Ferraris for Sport Auto. That is until they wrecked a customer's murcielago. Long story. (http://www.wreckedexotics.com/articles/023.shtml)

Anyway, I installed RTV brace and took shims out of the front. We could not get the front camber less than -0.5. We were also not able to match the sides exactly. Rear was off as well--If I remember we could not get the camber past -1.5 (he took 2 to 3 rear shims out). The tech. decided not to print any of the numbers as we were so frustrated that we could not get it perfect. We worked on it together for nearly 5 hours.
It is pulling to the left so I am going back tomorrow to have him retry.

Any recs??
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Took my 05 Elise to BMW dealer here in Greensboro, NC. They are well versed in alignment as they do all of the Lambos and Ferraris for Sport Auto. That is until they wrecked a customer's murcielago. Long story. (Lamborghini Owner Finds Humor in Crash)

Anyway, I installed RTV brace and took shims out of the front. We could not get the front camber less than -0.5. We were also not able to match the sides exactly. Rear was off as well--If I remember we could not get the camber past -1.5 (he took 2 to 3 rear shims out). The tech. decided not to print any of the numbers as we were so frustrated that we could not get it perfect. We worked on it together for nearly 5 hours.
It is pulling to the left so I am going back tomorrow to have him retry.

Any recs??
pull out all the front shims inc abs and you will have -.8 the rear just take out more till you have -2.4 to -2.6 .if they say it can't be done get a new shop.carl

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Will do
I'll post my numbers once we are done.

By the way, they only charged me $129.
Good deal huh??
I assume they will not charge me again, correct?

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Will do
I'll post my numbers once we are done.

By the way, they only charged me $129.
Good deal huh??

I assume they will not charge me again, correct?

Jay
I probably wouldn't have described it as such...

The alignment shop I use charge for time rather than a set fee but it takes them less than an hour (much practice!)
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We could not get the front camber less than -0.5.

Did you ballast the car with 75Kg in each seat and 1/2 tank of fuel? That's what the figures quoted by Lotus are based on.

If it was measured un-ballasted then the suspension will ride higher and the camber will be reduced. In that case -0.5 front sounds about right.

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Did you ballast the car with 75Kg in each seat and 1/2 tank of fuel? That's what the figures quoted by Lotus are based on.

If it was measured un-ballasted then the suspension will ride higher and the camber will be reduced. In that case -0.5 front sounds about right.

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Arno, We did not. Thanks for the info. I am going back Friday AM to play around some more.

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