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S3 - alignment

Discussion in 'A3/S3/Sportback (8P Chassis)' started by julians, Apr 18, 2008.

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    [Apr 18, 2008]
    Does anyone have a copy of the wheel alignment figures for a stock S3, specifically I'm looking to find out what the toe, camber, castor is for both front and rear sets of wheels.
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    No i havent , but when i had my springs put on, the fitter did say we would need tie bars on the rear to change settings!

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    Cheers , do I take it from that the stock rear tie bars are not adjustable?

    Guess if no-one knows, I'll have to get it measured.

    I'd have thought this info would be published somewhere, as any tyre fitting place will need to know it.
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    it should be on the workshop service manual.... Dave? any chance?

    Pedro
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    [Apr 19, 2008]
    Has anyone had their S3 4 wheel aligned ? Would be interesting to know how well they come set up out of the factory - know a few manufactors that cars come off the production line with widely different alignment settings.

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    I didn't had mine aligned yet but I think mine must be right... even tire wear, neutral handling... so can't be too wrong.

    I am sure if we put 2 S3 in the laser alignement jig they will be different just because there is an acceped variation on the settings.

    The proper place to align your car is in a race shop! I wish I knew one... there they will for sure make it as accurate as possible!

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    I will be getting mine aligned in a few weeks , give my springs time to bed in.

    As i said the rears are not adjustible ( camber , toe , caster ) without tie bars.

    Think i may just go to Awesome or somewhere , not sure if it's worth paying race shop prices as the rears can't be touched.

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    Let us know what they find the settings to be before they adjust them, although I guess it will have moved with the shorter springs.

    I suspect they are set up from the factory with a bit of toe in, or no toe at all. I suspect a bit of toe out should make turn in feel a bit sharper, but I could do with seeing what the settings are supposed to be from the factory before I bugger about with it.
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    yes. increased toe out makes turning in more effective but makes the car less stable in a straight line....

    I know a little bit about this settings (toe, caster, camber, etc) because of my kart racing background. I use laser alignment on my kart and even half a degree makes a big difference on handling. Not so much in a car I assume because of rubber bushes, etc, etc that isolate the chassis a little bit.

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