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    Hi,
    I had my car aligned a couple of months ago and so far i'm pretty happy with the result, the thing is i don't recall the tech weighting the car down before making any adjustments. Can anyone tell me what the correct procedure is regarding how much weight should be placed in the car and where. I have a set of tie rods to go on the car and i'll get an alignment done at the same time so i'll say to the tech about weighting the car.

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    Hi Jim,

    Depends where you go mate, most companies will just set the camber, caster and toe when doing an alignment/tracking - only adjusting what the car will allow.

    Now, what you speak of is corner weighting which involves weighing each corner and adjusting the suspension as needed.... for example if you have adjustable height / rebound and compression.

    If you just have stock suspension or just a fixed spring and damper set up then there is no point in having corner weight doing.

    BUT if your car is a total track beast - you might want to go as far as having yourself in the car and them setting it up when you are in the car as the suspension drops the GEO alters. Like I siad though - only a proper track car would have this done.

    Buy the sounds of it though it was done properly and as long as their equipment is correct then so should the car.

    Aslo keep in mind the roads are slightly cambered for water to run to the edge so it is common for the car to 'pull' left even after a GEO.

    Hope this helps mate

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    Thanks for the reply, I understand it's BMW standard procedure to put weights in the car and have a full tank of fuel etc, before carrying out the alignment. I was hoping someone could tell me the exact procedure so that i could get my local garage to do it this way.
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    haha, I don't think I have ever heard that before to be honest....

    Regardless either way it won't make much of a difference!

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    I remember reading a few project threads on here (well at least a couple) where they had 4 wheel alignment done with weight in the car - on the drivers seat. Have a search of the forum mate, I can't find the thread myself right now its been about 6 months last time it was updated.
     
     

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