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hi all, I just installed my hotchkis swaybars and lowering springs today and I'm just wondering if I still need to get the suspension aligned even though it seems like the wheels are still straight.

thanks in advanced.
 

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As the front suspension changed camber angles (and the sway install MAY have altered the alignment somewhat-> not looked at that install in depth), . . .
I would definitely get a new alignment. While the wheels may be straight front to back, the tires may be sitting at an odd angle and riding uneven side-to-side on the tire patch itself.


After the alignment, I would LOVE to hear reports of ride difference, esp. handling on twisty roads.
 

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With just sway bars you wouldn't need to get it realligned. With springs yes I would get it alligned, but you are also smart to let them settle a bit. If its only a small change in height its not gonna be a big issue. If it was a huge drop I would reallign, let it settle and then reallign again.
 

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Finally got it aligned!!!!

I noticed a lot less roll from the body, the stiffness is perfect for me and the drop is awesome. I just need to keep reminding myself that my ride is dropped now cuz I already scraped under the front bumper, my exhaust tip and somewhere underneath the car from a speed bump. Lowered 1.25 front and 1.75 rear according to manufacturer specs, looks and feels lower than what I thought it would be. Now all I need is a set of kicks to complete my handling mods.
 

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I'm thinking of ordering the Hotchkiss Sways with the TRD Springs (don't want to be as low as the Hotchkiss). I hope the set-up is what I'm looking for.
 

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If anyone is wondering about the Hotchkis stuff . . .
Here is the Hotchkis site section on the 08+ xB:
http://www.hotchkis.net/c-835-08-xb.aspx

If you compare the Sparks prices, Sparks' price are CHEAPER!
PLUS, they support this site and actually PARTICIPATE too. We know their names (Ken and Jamie).
http://www.trdsparks.com/displayparts.php?Mdl_dtl=570&Part_cat=11&parts_id=2148
http://www.trdsparks.com/displayparts.php?Mdl_dtl=570&Part_cat=11&parts_id=2149
I have these at the TOP of my Christmas list.


The next thing to do mechanically is the TRD cold air intake . . .
I wonder if I'll get close to $300 in cash from folks for Christmas . . .
AND still have a good job . . .
 
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