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Strut tower braces and alignment question


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#1 OFFLINE   Cobra348

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Posted 21 November 2015 - 05:40 PM

I installed a Steeda strut tower brace almost immediately after taking delivery of the FFH.  Shortly after, a Steeda rear sway bar was installed.  The other day, I got snow tires put onto the factory rims and mounted on the car.  Part of the deal was to also check and if needed, adjust the alignment.  The tires are directional tread Goodyear Ultragrip Ice WRT.

 

Any how, the mechanic comes over to me and asks if I've been dodging every pothole known to man since the alignment was nearly (in his words) "dead nuts on".  Looking at the readout, there were only two items that were like .01 off one way or another.

 

My question ... is it possible that the strut tower brace kept the front end that close to perfect by preventing the normal amount of flex in the front end?  And no, I did not avoid potholes in many instances nor rough pavement.  When I could I did, but not to any great extent.

 

EDIT:  Strut tower brace installed at 934 miles, sway bar at 1542.  Current odometer is 19K+


Edited by Cobra348, 21 November 2015 - 08:41 PM.

Larry - aka Cobra

 

Big Red: 2017 FFH SE, Ruby Red, Med Light Stone leather

602A SE Luxury Package, Park Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control w/stop & go

Driver Assist Pkg (lane keeping, BLIS, auto high beams, auto wipers, heated steering wheel)

My additions:  WeatherTech lasercut floor mats, in-channel wind deflectors (dark smoked)

Steeda strut tower brace, Steeda rear sway bar, Steeda hood struts, Ford donut spare

Summer rims/tires - 17" Verde Regency rims with OEM tread

Winter rims/tires - 17" OEM rims with Goodyear UltraGrip WRT Ice

 








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#2 OFFLINE   Waldo

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Posted 23 November 2015 - 08:38 AM

No, no chance at all.  it's all just a random co-incidence, there's no way every car even leaves the factory within .01 of the spec.  In fact if he pulled it off the machine and put it back on again, you'd see it was off more than that.

Hitting a pothole is just as likely to knock your car into alignment as it is to knock it out.


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#3 OFFLINE   Cobra348

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  • My Hybrid's Year:2017

Posted 23 November 2015 - 11:27 AM

Kinda thought that as I use the old "track alignment" every so often ... take hands off wheel and see how it tracks. <grin>  But the alignment check was free service so it couldn't hurt ... and yes I trust these folks not to screw me over.


Larry - aka Cobra

 

Big Red: 2017 FFH SE, Ruby Red, Med Light Stone leather

602A SE Luxury Package, Park Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control w/stop & go

Driver Assist Pkg (lane keeping, BLIS, auto high beams, auto wipers, heated steering wheel)

My additions:  WeatherTech lasercut floor mats, in-channel wind deflectors (dark smoked)

Steeda strut tower brace, Steeda rear sway bar, Steeda hood struts, Ford donut spare

Summer rims/tires - 17" Verde Regency rims with OEM tread

Winter rims/tires - 17" OEM rims with Goodyear UltraGrip WRT Ice

 





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