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I am buying new tires and need to get alignment. Don't really want to take to dealer. I have a friedn with an AMG. He referred me to the garage he uses to align his MB. I am worried about alignment. What about alignment bolts I keep hearing about? Do they need to be replaced every time you do alignment? I need help sorting through this mess. Help!
 

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Alignment and geometry set up are two different things.

Alignment can be done while you wait...but setting up the geometry will be more involved.

If you are just changing the tyres then there is no need (in all probability) for a full geometry set up, the alignment only involves adjustment to the track rod ends.
 

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first of all new tires don't mean neccessarily you need an alignment, regardless what tire shops say about needing an alignment everytime you put new tires. put new tires on first, and if car drives pretty straight don't worry about alignment.
don't worry about bolts. if that shop can align your friend's amg, than they can align yours with no problem unless you have it slammed to the ground. in my area mb dealers charge $200 per alignment, while a couple body shops with better alignment machines then dealer are in the $80-100 area.
 

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I made a deal with a local shop to align mine for $50, since we both know the only adjustment is front toe. Of course, if you have something out of alignment/bent, it'll take more work.
 

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In my expereince the only effective algnment is best done by a delaer - and most MB dealers have $100 off service coupon from now thru December.

I have seen some really fracked up stuff done (and not done) by all types of indies.
 
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