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Old 02-01-2012, 07:47 PM   #1  
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Mother ----. I got my car back from alignment today and all the guy could get on the front passenger side was 1.4* of camber, I am led to believe here that either my subframe or my control arms are bent. Anyone have a good idea of how to test each?

I am a bit furious, the more I think about it, I more I remember at RA I had an off where I might have ran over something. Anyways, should I just buy new arms and say ---- it or is there a sure way to find isolate each?
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what do your other control arms look like?
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In for results as you know! Ive been suspicious of bent stuff for a long while, But I have never run into a good way to find out what. My thought, that I havent had time to fully investigate is to look at spec miatas forum, they probably bend ---- all of the time, and they could probably tell you the dimensions of everything off the top of their heads.
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what do your other control arms look like?
what do you mean? they look like control arms...Visually, there isn't anything wrong with them. ---- man this is so gay. I am just going to buy two used ones from parts group.
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what do you mean? they look like control arms...Visually, there isn't anything wrong with them. ---- man this is so gay. I am just going to buy two used ones from parts group.
i was talking about rust, becuse i was gonna say put new ones on. profit
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I dont think rust would be an issue tbh. Unless you saw holes in them. At that point I would replace them anyways.

what did you hit at ra? I doubt they would have actually bent unless it was a really big hit.
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I don't know. it was loud, but my car certainly didn't feel different. crashncar theory is its a ball joint... didn't really know that could affect things.

I can't remember if I had that off on the first or second day, because we checked my camber on day 1 at night and it was spot on 2*.


Yea, rust wise, my car is fine. other than surface rust spots, the CAs are clean. Which is whats worrying me, what if my subframe got tweaked? but how really, I mean unless I drive into curbs in my sleep and fix it...
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I know that feel bro. This is exactly what Im still trying to figure out on my car... When we do my homebrew (On a flat spot this time!) alignment me and a few of my friends are going to try to find any possible spots that are tweaked on mine.
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---- it, I bought a lower ball joint. 2nd day air, if I can get it by saturday I will put it in and try to fix the alignment, if it doesn't fix it then I will get a used LCA from partsgroup and try to have it in and aligned by friday. I want to get out to CMP on a good ------ note damn it.

the shitty part is, I am going to go back and get it realigned. $125 down the f'in drain.
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Ouch dude... they dont offer like a... sorry your ***** broken, come back with it fixed and we will give you a discount... discount?
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