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So I just got back from the track recently and think I may need an alignment. I took the turtles pretty aggressively and may have shaken up the suspension a wee bit too much.

How often do you guys get an alignment?

Do you trust normal shops or do you generally take it to a specialist/dealer?

For those of you guys who track their cars, how many events do you do in between alignments?
 

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I wouldn't trust my car at a "normal" shop. I've had all three of my alignments done by a race shop located at the track. They do it on the ground by hand. They let me watch over them while they do it. When I was tracking more often, that was about once per year. The first one was the only one I had done to "correct" the poor OEM job. The other two were done only because I wanted to try a slight change in behavior, not because I felt anything had moved.

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I have a local specialist who does the alignments on his rack. He specializes in race cars, has you drive it up his rack, sit there to account for your weight and has a really good handle on how to align the car based on your preferences.
 

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I have one done at least once a year. If I have and off that was a little more violent than I like I usually have another one if only to really look things over.

Speciality shops that do race cars. If they do not ask you what you weigh (which is for ballasting the car) walk away

I am lucky enough to have TJ at Gator Motorsports a few hours away
 

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What do you guys recommend for someone like me who just drives for pleasure on the weekends? I've put on close to 15000m in the year I've owned it and everything feels normal... I think lol
 

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For a 2005 Elise I got a set of "Smart Strings" and a camber guage and set it myself to factory specs back in 2005. I haven't had it go out of spec on a totally stock Sport suspension in 107,000 miles. Works great on the Esprit as well, just a little harder to mount on the front. I have no complaints about the factory specs for daily driving. If I was tracking the car the specs could change though.

(Nothing to do with "Smart Strings". Just a consumer's view.)
 

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What do you guys recommend for someone like me who just drives for pleasure on the weekends? I've put on close to 15000m in the year I've owned it and everything feels normal... I think lol
I recommend you get it aligned once and don't waste your money after that (unless of course you run over a lot of potholes)
 
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