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Old 04-17-2006, 12:21 PM   #1
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Okie dokie. I finished up my struts (with the help of theJMFC) over the weekend, and took it in for an alignment this morning. Much to my dismay, the tech said something was wrong. We walked out and took a look. He was under the impression that 1 of 2 problems was present:

1. he felt that we should not be able to see any open air around the upper strut mount... so he thought that a metal plate of some sort was missing.

2. that one of the upper strut mount bearings was possibly mis-aligned.

It sounded to me like he wasn't really sure what he was looking at, but it was far enough out of alignment that he didn't think it could be completed.

Any thoughts? Here are pics I took of both sides. I also looked over the struts that came back out, and I honestly don't see anything that was missed in the process...











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Tell that guy he doen't know what he'* looking at and do the alignment... All of the H bodies will do that... And just to be sure... I check the 91'* and the 95... They are all the same... Just like what you installed, there is a gap in all of them... The 91 SSE and LE are all original too BTW from the factory... I have never touched the struts on the 91 LE, and the 91 SSE has bad front strut mounts and original part numbers still intact..

When we loosen the 3 nuts on the tower we can adjust for Castor, but its a very slim adjustment at that, and if it needs to be adjusted which it really shouldn't the slot can be drilled out for proper adjustment... I have almost never seen this done on the C and H body as there is usually not a need to adjust the castor, but the Chamber and Toe do need to be reset...

Looks like you all did a good install to me..

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Well thank ya. Glad to hear that I'm not completely insane, and that I didn't botch the job.

Of course, I would have been a lot happier if those were F41 springs on there. If you missed my post in P&B, they were *supposed* to be, but my 'yard dun lied to me. Time to start going to a new yard. There'* not a shortage of them here in flint....
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Sorry about that man... Me and Bill got into some disscussions on the springs... And boy O boy did it ever get interesting... I found that the springs on the LE were thicker than the 91 SSE... But the coils and spacing were diffrent... I guess this is a lot of where the diffrent ratios come in... The diffrences were so vast that we gave up on the issue... The best thing we could reccomend is getting them from an FE2 or F41 equipped H body..lol

I hope that you will be able to find the F41.... I would love to have the F41 myself

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Find another alignment shop that knows what they are doing.
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Ah, that'* comforting. I was doubting our install for a bit there.

For one thing, I wondered if there was a different top plate for the RH and LH. If there was, I guessed that we might have used the RH on the LH, etc..

But the shop being on crack is far better to hear. I hate to think of the better part of a weekend being wasted by doing something wrong.

So. Has anyone had a good experience at an alignment shop in Flint?
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I'll fire off a PM to vital, see what he has to say...
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Responded. Mr. Front End in Burton, MI is your ticket. 810-743-9981.
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