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Alignment after swap?

Discussion in 'General Tech and Maintenance' started by fastshift, Jan 15, 2008.

  1. fastshift

    fastshift '08

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    i am back with a question!

    after doing engine swap or tranny swap, do i have to have my wheels aligned?

    im still doing a lot of research for my manual swap on my car and there are still so much stuff to learn.

    please explain it with some detail.

    thanks a bunch and have a great day! :D
     
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    AHHVTEC Well-Known Member VIP

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    any time you take a hub off of a car or move it from where its bolted down you mess with the aligment,
     
  3. fastshift

    fastshift '08

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    then....

    even without professional level skill, will i be able to get it pretty close enough to drive about couple of miles to get it aligned?

    lol sound lame but just wondering...

    thanks
     
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    lol yea it will last a few weeks actually, so just make sure everything is back the way it should be and it will be fine until you get there even if its 2 weeks later
     
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    hmmm

    ok your reply actually helped a lot.. but the problem is i just got my wheels aligned about 1500? 2000 miles ago it might not even close to 1500miles. i gotta look. and im planning on doing swap duing spring break which is in march.

    it would be nowhere close to 5000 miles... this kinda sucks lol

    ...
     
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    after you put her all back together just get on a smooth flat road and let go of the wheels to see if she is pulling any. if not i wouldnt worry about it to much,, has the car been lowered
     
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    nah fully STOCK lol
     
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    You're planning on doing a motor swap and you're worried about spending a few bucks on getting another alignment?

    Also, are you planning any suspension mods? Honestly I'd look into that before doing an engine swap. I hate to see cars with swaps or motor work looking like 4x4s on their stock suspension...
     
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    you will be fine
     
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    i know swap itself cost a lot i just wanted to know if i could get it right myself, or i wanted to know if i had to get the alignment done professionally.

    sumone might ask, "if you are getting alignment professionally, y don't you get that tranny swap done professionally?" yes that makes more sense.

    but i want to study mechanical engineering and like playing with mechanical "toys"

    however i don't know about "wheel alignment" as much as i know about transmissions and stuff

    when i got this car, first car, i didn't get to choose one. so it just got to be an automatic. what im planning on doing is just tranny swap. and then as i get better job (actually part time but w/e) im looking to to other mod


    thanks for the comment though appreciated it :)
     
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    fastshift '08

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    BTW, how long does tranny swap take for first-timer?

    could it be done in about 1 week?

    thanks
     
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