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Old 06-26-2009, 08:14 PM
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I put on the NM Engineering Springs and some SPC adjustable control arms. i took it to Midas today for an alignment. I have a buddy that works there who hard drives a beater BMW.

Anyway, I took in the setting NM recommends for the alignment:

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For performance minded motoring – may cause accelerated tire wear:

FRONT
• Camber – Not adjustable
• Toe – Set total toe to -0.10 (toe out)
REAR
• Camber – Adjust to -1.75 to -2.00
• Toe – Set total toe in 0.20 (toe in)

For prudent minded motoring – for best tire wear:

FRONT
• Camber – Not adjustable
• Toe – Set total toe to 0.20 (toe in)
REAR
• Camber – Adjust to -1.50 to -1.70
• Toe – Set total toe to 0.40 (toe in)
After he was done I asked him if the NM setting were that much different than stock. He said he forgot to look at the paper and set everything to spec.

Should I be concerned? How far off spec are the above settings?

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Old 06-26-2009, 08:43 PM
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you will be fine, the only major difference will be toe, and that affects inner tire wear, but I think OEM is zero toe, but could be wrong on the clubmans. As long as your rear camber is not too aggressive, more along original stock settings, you will be more than fine. I would not worry at all for the kind of driving you do.
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Old 07-04-2009, 12:07 AM
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I had my clubman aligned after lowering and they used the OEM R56 specs...its been fine!
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Old 07-22-2009, 07:21 PM
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I just got off the phone with the shop that I am getting my alignment done at.
They recently upgraded their rig to a set up built into the floor to fit lowered cars.
They are running the latest software that has indicated placing 2 500lbs sand bags in the mini to perform a proper alignment.

I find this to be a lot of weight and was wondering if anyone has heard of this before?
When I had my alignment done last summer, The only weight used was myself sitting in the drivers seat.
I'm fine with getting it done without the added weight recommended, and the shop is fine with doing it.
We are both wondering of this is normal for alignment on mini's.
It's a Hunter's HawkEye Alignment System.
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Old 07-22-2009, 08:15 PM
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That doesn't sound right for a couple of reasons. One, have you ever tried to move anything that weighs 500lbs? Or tried to put it in to a car? Also, the only thing this would prove is what the car does when fully compressed. I could see testing that, but not sure again how they would pull that off. My guess is that it's a typo or someone told you the wrong number.
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Old 07-22-2009, 08:28 PM
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They looked the specs up in the computer and what is what was listed, Idea being that the alignment would be calibrated under max load, but 1000lbs sounds odd to me. AS well as the guys at the shop, they have been talking about it since they set up the new rig, wondering where they would put the bags as well as how they would even get them in the car..
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Old 07-22-2009, 08:34 PM
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Align the car with the weight it will most commonly see. If that's just you in the driver's seat - align it that way. If it's a family of four and their luggage - align it that way...
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That's what I was thinking, I was telling the guy that I sat in the car and had it aligned that way and I was fine doing it again because the car handled great. They are just trying to figure out why the specs say to do as such..
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Old 07-24-2009, 03:22 PM
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Car was aligned yesterday, I should be picking it up in the evening if I can get out of work early enough, if not it will be in the a.m., and it will be getting a proper washing/wax..
I had noticed a clanking noise on the way over to the shop and was wondering what bolt I had not tightened down enough. Guys noticed that the front driverside upper bolt on the end link was a bit loose.

Other than that, they said it's all dialed in!
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I'm in need of some alignment wisdom. I need some toe settings that will be good for highway stability but I still want a crisp turn in (no autox/track, just spirited street driving). From what I've read it appears that the following would be a good idea.

Front: 0 toe (or maybe 1/32" toe out, .085 degrees?)
Rear: 1/16" toe in (0.17 degrees?)

Are those specs good for my driving conditions? When people say their alignment is 1/16 toe in is that total toe or per side?

Thanks in advance for the help, I'm a noob with this stuff so it's greatly appreciated.

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1/16" toe in at each front wheel I think is stock. 0 toe has a nice turn in with little effect on highway camber wear.

and I'm pretty sure 1/16 in at the rears is stock too. that's a good rear setting especially if you have a more aggressive rear sway.
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1/16" toe in at each front wheel I think is stock. 0 toe has a nice turn in with little effect on highway camber wear.

and I'm pretty sure 1/16 in at the rears is stock too. that's a good rear setting especially if you have a more aggressive rear sway.
Thanks for reassuring me. Hopefully be able to get an alignment by the end of the week.
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