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    Do I need an alignment

    Baby got new shoes! I had the Conti ContactExtremes installed. The installer said it needed an alignment since the inside fronts were slightly worn more than the outside. He wanted $493 for the alignment but the was a $125 coupon and it's lifetime alignments. I said okay, but as I was walking away I was researching what an alignment costs. More like $150-200 in the Bay Area. I cancelled the alignment. I think he saw my Porsche and said 🤑🤑. The receipt said "Exotic Alignment".

    I'm fine getting an alignment, but I got 22,000 miles on the Goodyear F1s that came with the car, and I didn't really see uneven wear.
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    Re: Do I need an alignment

    For $493 you can drive down to LA to have West End Alignment work their magic on your car and still have some money left after paying for the gas.

    If you want to put the car back to OEM setting then any decent alignment shop will do for about $80. If you want to give it a little more TLC then a "specialty shop" will be happy to take care of it for the going price of $150 to $200.

    If your car track straight and the inside fronts are only slightly worn more than the outside after 22K then I would stick my neck out and say your car doesn't need alignment.

    If you want to fix the slightly more wear in the inside than the outside then either have less camber or add more toe-in
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    Re: Do I need an alignment

    after "investing" in some new rubber, why shy away from optimising the performance from day1?
    remember the wheels and suspension take a beating every day - and sometimes alignment does run a little.

    several hundred dollars does seem a lot esp. if you don't have adjustable arms/components. Stock adjustments are quite limited.

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    Re: Do I need an alignment

    I've always just taken mine to a local race shop as virtually all do alignments; they usually charge straight shop time and let me sit in the driver's seat for proper pre-load and it typically costs about $125. Plus, they don't have reservations about going outside of Porsche's spec: I can crank in max camber, etc. Even the specialty Porsche shop with super-fancy high-end alignment using custom stands that bolt to the hubs is only $250.

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    This is all good information and I will get an alignment if only to preserve my investment. I was just wonder if "all Porsche's wear the inside of tires - it's normal." Apparently it's not normal.

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    Re: Do I need an alignment

    Quote Originally Posted by LarryB View Post
    This is all good information and I will get an alignment if only to preserve my investment. I was just wonder if "all Porsche's wear the inside of tires - it's normal." Apparently it's not normal.
    If you have your wheels aligned according to factory specs and make certain that your tires are properly inflated, your tires should not have undue wear on the inside of the tires.

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    Re: Do I need an alignment

    I also have alignments done by a shop that specializes in track cars (who also does our tires) and they don't charge anywhere near $493 for a specialized alignment. As is always recommended, ask around for local recommendations.

    Quote Originally Posted by LarryB View Post
    and I didn't really see uneven wear.
    Just eyeballing or are you actually measuring? The only way I could eyeball it is when it's way too late. Make sure you measure the tread across the tire and not just in one spot.
    Last edited by takeshi; 06-12-2017 at 06:55 AM.

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    Re: Do I need an alignment

    Quote Originally Posted by takeshi View Post
    Just eyeballing or are you actually measuring? The only way I could eyeball it is when it's way too late. Make sure you measure the tread across the tire and not just in one spot.
    Just eyeballing and feeling slightly more wear on the inside. I'll get an alignment, but first I'm taking it back to them because they chipped the rims in two places. Sigh...
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    Re: Do I need an alignment

    From my (very) amateur pov, I am trying to get my fronts aligned Ike yours. The Cayman steering doesn't feel as precise as the NSX, which has a factory alignment with toe out on front and toe in on rear. This provides constant pull on the steering mechanisms and gives instant response to inputs at speed, but is infamous for heavy tire wear, especially on rears. Right now I have more of a neutral front alignment. I am hoping a slight toe out front toe in rear will improve the Cayman's response.

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    Re: Do I need an alignment

    That more than what custom alignment charges for a full.corner balance and alignment. And I think they are one of the better shops.

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    Re: Do I need an alignment

    Quote Originally Posted by LarryB View Post
    Baby got new shoes! I had the Conti ContactExtremes installed. The installer said it needed an alignment since the inside fronts were slightly worn more than the outside. He wanted $493 for the alignment but there was a $125 coupon and it's lifetime alignments.
    Quote Originally Posted by qhb View Post
    any decent alignment shop will do for about $80.
    The quote was for a lifetime 4 wheel alignment. That is not a bad price; $368 after coupon. Porsche recommends an alignment at least once a year/10,000 miles. You can easily pay more for alignments by not buying the lifetime contract and by paying for them one at a time as needed.

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    Re: Do I need an alignment

    I ended up getting an alignment for $150. I've previously had alignments there on my MINI for $100, so I think they were getting a Porsche bump, but I wasn't going to argue that much, If I recall, the toe was off to the right on both fronts, and he said the steering was also to the right. I wasn't quite clear on the steering being off, but perhaps that's not actually an adjustment, but a result of the toes both being off.
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    Re: Do I need an alignment

    I am not sure I would have an alignment done once a year but if there was some uneven wear it is a good idea. Now quicker wear on the inside shoulder means more negative camber. If you were to be driving really aggressive that wear on the inside would even out as you push the car into the corners. In fact a good track set up would be more negative camber.

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