Do I need an alignment?

BMAC96GT

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Hey guys,

Im going to put new front struts on and also a steeda bump-steer kit. If I take off the strut nut and lower the struts through my MM caster/camber plates without moving where the plates are, and also make sure the bumpsteer kit is in the exact same place where my tie-rod ends were, I shouldnt need an alignment right?
 

RichV

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Spend the $50 and align it. No reason not to.

Sure you can 'eye' it, caster/camber may be OK, but the bumpsteer tie rod ends are most likely different size than OEM, plus you are shimming the rod height. You should also use a bump steer gauge to get those dialed in correct.

If your toe is not right, you'll tear up tires and may track a little weird.
 

MecGen

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Yes, get it aligned.

You are actually changing the angle of the inner tie rod, in affect, making them longer by straitening them. As the poster above me said the outer rods are not the same length either.

Regards
 

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