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Post: #1   PostPosted: Fri Jun 19, 2015 5:52 am    Post subject: alingment, and ride height Reply with quote

This is a two part question:

1. I'm planning on doing the LCA bushings, and ball joint and was wondering does that require an alignment afterword?

2. I think the front end sits to low, like I took it through a couple of car washes, and it would scrape on the track. Is this normal, or is there a way to redeemed it?
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Post: #2   PostPosted: Fri Jun 19, 2015 9:52 am    Post subject: Re: alingment, and ride height Reply with quote

mickeytopher wrote:


1. I'm planning on doing the LCA bushings, and ball joint and was wondering does that require an alignment afterword?


Yes, any time you mess with suspension parts you pretty much have to get it aligned again.

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2. I think the front end sits to low, like I took it through a couple of car washes, and it would scrape on the track. Is this normal, or is there a way to redeemed it?


I am no expert on this. But for people to give you a better answer you may need to describe your suspension setup a little more. Is it all stock? Different springs? Coilovers? How old/how many miles on the shocks/springs? I would think it is not normal for it to scrape in the car wash; mine never does.
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Post: #3   PostPosted: Fri Jun 19, 2015 10:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Suspension is all stock. I did swap out the struts for a set from the junk yard, and it still sits the same.
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Post: #4   PostPosted: Thu Aug 13, 2015 7:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

so I put in new control arms, bushings, ball joints, and sway bar links and it's sitting a higher now.
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Post: #5   PostPosted: Thu Aug 13, 2015 7:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

None of that should have affected ride height. The only possibility is the LCA bushings were binding enough to hold the springs slightly compressed.

Or the sway bar links are not correct, and are pushing the sway bar down, causing it to push back on the LCA, raising the car. If this is the case, you may eventually spring the sway bar from loading it too much.



As far as alignment, technically, if it was correct before the ball joints/lca bushings wore out, and you didn't disturb the strut clevis to strut bolts, and left the strut attached to the inner fender, the new LCA assy should put it back to spec.
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Post: #6   PostPosted: Thu Aug 13, 2015 7:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I did separate the strut from the knuckle.
Everything in the LCA was junk. One side the sway bar link was broken off at the LCA and the other side was on it's way out, the ball joint moved like a joy stick, the LCA bushings fell right out on some of them.
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