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Recommended 4 Wheel Laser Alignment/Full Geo Places on South Coast

Discussion in 'Motors' started by SoliD, 25 May 2009.

  1. SoliD

    Capodecina

    Joined: 25 Feb 2004

    Posts: 15,667

    Location: Portsmouth

    Hi guys I have just lowered my car approx 25mm, and replaced the rear subframe bushes so I want to get all the Geo on my car set up right, does anyone have any recommendations for good places on the South Coast or should I just pay for a tank of petrol and get my arse up to Wheels in Motion for the day?

    Thanks

    SoliD
     
  2. ci_newman

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 24 Feb 2004

    Posts: 9,727

    Location: Hook, Hants

    I've used a couple of places around here - Merityre in Hook and Micheldever Tyres in Micheldever (although had poor results from there recently).

    I'll be taking my car to be done shortly, however the garage specialises in ITRs :)
     
  3. PeterNem

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 15 Feb 2003

    Posts: 8,322

    Location: NJ/NY, USA

    Wheels in motion via a BBQ with myself, Olly, Nick and Gareth!!
     
  4. Peter Diffey

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 28 Feb 2007

    Posts: 1,480

    Another vote for WIM, Tony is a good guy and knows his stuff :)
     
  5. MarkDavis

    Mobster

    Joined: 16 Apr 2007

    Posts: 2,886

    Location: Timbuktu

    WIM is in Bucks rather than the South Coast....

    They're very good though - they fixed my wonky steering wheel, and camber problems after Quack Fit bodged the job. Very highly rated by alot of people.
     
  6. SoliD

    Capodecina

    Joined: 25 Feb 2004

    Posts: 15,667

    Location: Portsmouth

    Damn you guys! I think its going to be a wheels in motion day out in the near future by the looks of it.
     
  7. poltergeist666

    Gangster

    Joined: 21 Feb 2003

    Posts: 381

    Location: Southampton

    Supertracker off of Portsmouth Road, Sholing - Southampton. (Behind Picadors).

    They supply the kit at the front office, and have a bay for providing their own alignment service around the back. Found my rear camber was 3.5 degrees out, which explains why my car handled like a bag of ****, and was chewing tyres up!
     
  8. Conanius

    Capodecina

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 12,519

    Solid,

    I'll chat to you properly on IRC, but basically I echo all of the above about Wheels In Motion. 100% Tony is the man to speak to.
     
  9. NickXX

    Soldato

    Joined: 19 May 2005

    Posts: 7,037

    I vote Wheels in Motion too.
     
  10. Peter Diffey

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 28 Feb 2007

    Posts: 1,480

    Mini meet at WIM anyone? :p just down the road from me....
     
  11. LSPIII

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 29 Jan 2003

    Posts: 1,063

    Location: Surrey

    Incidentally. FWIW I should probably have mine done too. Just had new bushes all round and new ARBs front and back. How much is a full alignment roughly? I need my steering geometry adjusted as well (annoying not having the wheel at centre). A mini meet might be a good plan!
     
  12. Peter Diffey

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 28 Feb 2007

    Posts: 1,480

    It costs £100 for full geometry, including putting the steering wheel to centre if needed
     
  13. Skywalker

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 3 Dec 2003

    Posts: 2,486

    Location: brighton

    Where on the south coast are we talking ?

    You have GTart near lewis who are top notch
     
  14. LSPIII

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 29 Jan 2003

    Posts: 1,063

    Location: Surrey

    Cheers for that. I thought it was cheaper than that but never mind! My car has quite high negative camber as standard, will that make much difference? I don't want to throw out the handling for the sake of a slight bit less tyre wear.

    So go on, who's up for a mini-meet to WIM? :cool:
     
  15. Muncher

    Soldato

    Joined: 17 Oct 2002

    Posts: 7,169

    Location: Ipswich

    Do it yourself with bits of wood and string. It will almost certainly be more accurate and shouldn't take you long at all, or indeed cost anything!
     
  16. Peter Diffey

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 28 Feb 2007

    Posts: 1,480

    Bits of wood and string more accurate that one of these?

    http://www.hunter.com/HAWKEYE/

    LSPIII, Tony will have default settings and customised settings (depending on what car you have) so will be able to tell you exactly what it will be like, he will also be able to show you on screen if or how much by your car is out of the standard geo setup.

    Its not cheap because the machine that he uses aint cheap! Its great value if your car is fully adjustable as he can alter the setup much more than just an alignment!
     
  17. Muncher

    Soldato

    Joined: 17 Oct 2002

    Posts: 7,169

    Location: Ipswich


    Yep, they're unreliable. The lasers get knocked out of alignment so easily. You cannot verify their results, you just have to take them at face value.

    Race teams will use the wood and string method. Those bits of kit look flashy but just complicate what is a very simple measuring exercise.

    Here's how to do it:

    http://wiki.seloc.org/a/Geo_Alignment_Rig_(Home_Made)