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Old 12-30-2006, 10:53 AM   #1
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Wheel Alignment?

Hellow and Happy Holidays to all.

I recently put a new set of Michelin Pilots on my 02 Boxster S.

Consequently I am looking for the best and most economical way to get the wheels aligned.

So far I have received a quote from my local dealer for (3) labor hours at $135.00 = $405.00

Any ideas on how to get this done correctly for less than this?
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Old 12-30-2006, 11:04 AM   #2
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To be safe I went with the dealer option, I think it was $125. Not sure if they use special equipment or if any tire shop can do it.
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Old 12-30-2006, 11:16 AM   #3
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Thanks fo the reply.

$125.00 total?? That seems much more reasonable. I'm in the Los Angeles area and have no problem with having the dealer perform the work provided I don't get ripped off in the process. All comments are welcome.
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Old 12-30-2006, 02:51 PM   #4
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Contact your local PCA region, they usually can recommend several independent race shops that will do it right and for less money.

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Old 12-30-2006, 05:26 PM   #5
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Yes, my dealer did it for $125 total.
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Old 12-30-2006, 05:29 PM   #6
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Contact your local PCA region, they usually can recommend several independent race shops that will do it right and for less money.

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Hi,

+1 on using a competent Race Shop. This is their Bread & Butter and they're much better equipped to do a better job than a Dealer or Tire Store.

Be sure to have the Tires individually Road Balanced on a Hunter 97XX Machine and keep the printout. Then have them do the suspension alignment.

Be sure to have the Fuel Tank Full and all other non-essential stuff out of the car so the alignment is spot on. Expect to pay at least $100-$150 for a proper 4-wheel alignment. It's a good adjunct to the very expensive new tires you've invested in...

Happy Motoring!... Jim'99

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Old 12-30-2006, 07:10 PM   #7
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Happy New Year Jim, we finally agree 100% on something!!
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Happy New Year Jim, we finally agree 100% on something!!
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It was bound to happen sooner or later Happy New Year to you too...!!

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Old 12-31-2006, 06:18 AM   #9
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We just did one in Phoenix at indi shop--
127.50 for front and 127.50 for rear + tax ~270
Sometimes they check the rear and if it doesn't need an adjustment
they will only charge for the front alignment
Also, a lot of the success is due to the person doing the work,
not always the "machine" they use. (that's a story for another day)

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Old 12-31-2006, 09:27 AM   #10
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Thanks again to all. I have been wanting to join PCA for a long time anyway. I think I will see who they can recommend in the Los Angeles area. Once again this forum has proven to be a great source for infomation about the Boxster! My best to all of you for the New Year.
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Old 12-31-2006, 10:35 AM   #11
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Thinking about taking it to Hergescheimer, an independent in somewhat nearby Lake Forrest CA...... anyone have experiance with them?

Also, I just applied for a 3 year membership to PCA! Looks like there will be a lot of fun to be had there.
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West End Alignment. He does corner balancing and regular alignments, works heavily with modified and/or sensitive vehicles. Very well reputable shop and guy...a lot of vehicles that go AutoX go to him for proper balancing and alignment. Located in Gardena, somewhat of a drive for you depending on where in LA you reside.

http://www.nissanperformancemag.com/november01/westend.php
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a local shop I use said the price of an alignment depends on how far out of alignment the car is!!!???? I said no thanks.
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Thinking about taking it to Hergescheimer, an independent in somewhat nearby Lake Forrest CA...... anyone have experiance with them?

Also, I just applied for a 3 year membership to PCA! Looks like there will be a lot of fun to be had there.
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The parade sounds great! I'll see what I can do. Looks like I will have the car at Hergescheimer in early February. I'll post how the experience goes. Looks positive.
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