Chevy Impala SS Forum banner
1 - 5 of 5 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
692 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 · (Edited)
So in the span of a few months my alignments are getting screwed up.

Timeline:

Pre April alignment:
Went to a crappy shop that didn't give me a spec sheet so we can ignore the first alignment for the most part
I swapped from canuck springs to hotchkis

So I brought it this shop who has done good work for me.

Rectangle Font Screenshot Parallel Technology


Post April Alignment:
Alignment specs to stock spec with the hotchkis springs, things look good (To me atleast)

Output device Font Computer monitor accessory Rectangle Display device


Pre September Alignment:
Swapped out the hotchkis fronts for moog 750 rate springs that raised it up in the front

Expectations are camber will be affected, however my caster is different, is hitting a pothole hard enough to cause the issue? The ride was a lot rougher with the hotchkis springs and I'm wondering if me hitting some rough surfaces and banging off the bump stop may have caused it to be off.

Rectangle Computer monitor accessory Font Display device Television


Which brings up the question, how do I check the alignment without going to an alignment shop everytime. Biggest challenge is not having an even surface garage.

Probably will end up opting for an adjustable upper control arm to make it less of a hassle eventually.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
692 Posts
Discussion Starter · #13 ·
So this is the alignment I had gone with (in my build thread, specced towards autoX)

Rectangle Font Parallel Screenshot Technology


As mentioned, the crossshaft bolt on the driverside (closer towards the firewall) is maxed out. Kinda sketch 😗


Automotive tire Wood Tread Snout Metal
Automotive tire Wood Rim Automotive wheel system Gas



However on the passenger side, it's still quite some ways to go. The alignment guy told me there's a probable chance that the arm is bent and we are compensating for it as the problematic caster issue is coming from this exact side as it keeps getting thrown off.

Automotive tire Glove Grey Synthetic rubber Wood


If I can measure the caster in a few months, doesn't need to be dead accurate just needs to show me if one side is way off then there's something problematic going on. And at that point I think I'll have to opt for an adjustable upper control arm because labor on these alignments is not cheap..... already spent too much 😪
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
692 Posts
Discussion Starter · #15 · (Edited)
The oil is rust proofing 😅. Messy but hey if it keeps stuff rust free I got no issue. How the og crossmember was when I pulled it out. Not bad for a car in the salt belt.

Snake Reptile Automotive tire Scaled reptile Serpent


Guess the bad bushings make sense since the control arms are the only pieces of the front suspension that I haven't replaced.

Idk about the shims and how they should look like, first time thing for me tbh.

I'm just gonna run this for the rest of the year and next year get a good adjustable upper control arm.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
692 Posts
Discussion Starter · #16 ·
Now that I had a bit of time to sleep on it.

Damn that was dumb not inspecting the bushings properly.. 😔 Self inflicted pain and money 😤

On the bright side the only original rubber bushings left are the upper one's in the rear axle and the front control arm one's so it'll just be a matter of replacing those and I think I've hit every rubber related to suspension on the car. Issue is the cost of getting it aligned again after those changes...
 
1 - 5 of 5 Posts
Top