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GTS2003BLK
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GTS2003BLK Nov 17, 11:02pm - #329151 

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Stock vs. tuned suspension settings

So I finally got a set of TRD struts to go with my TRD springs, now I just need to get them installed.

When I asked the Toyota parts guy about getting them installed there at the dealership he said yeah I could do that but they would set the suspension to the stock factory settings, but if I really wanted to get the full performance potential out of my struts and springs I should take have them installed by his friend at a local alignment shop because they could tune my suspension for maximum performance, because his friends shop has experience setting up suspension systems for race and police cars.

Question is:

Should I just go with the factory suspension settings or have it tuned by this shop?

My Celica is my daily driver, but conditions permitting (i.e. nobody around) I do enjoy spirited driving and aggressive cornering.

Any voices of experience or informed opinions on this?
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ct
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ct Nov 17, 11:08pm - #329152 

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are you talking about alignment? confused

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yoru such a clown, i wish you lived in nyc, i would love to just give you the beating that youve probably never gotten in your life.
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GTS2003BLK Nov 17, 11:18pm - #329153 

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Yes; particularly toe, camber, and caster settings. Which can apparently be tuned to meet specific needs:

http://www.ozebiz.com.au/racetech/theory/align.html
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ct
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ct Nov 17, 11:22pm - #329154 

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what tires are you running with?

Originally posted by SKOOF:
yoru such a clown, i wish you lived in nyc, i would love to just give you the beating that youve probably never gotten in your life.
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tony Nov 17, 11:26pm - #329155 

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A little bit of negative camber is OK for better handling. The rest should be factory spec.

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GTS2003BLK Nov 17, 11:47pm - #329156 

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Originally Posted by ct
what tires are you running with?


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FastCelicaGT22 Nov 18, 2:55am - #329157 

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Sounds like this guy is trying to scam you. To set up camber you will need a camber kit. although with a TRD setup you shouldnt need camber adjustment. other than that they can give you an alignment wich you probably wont need. I put on 2.25 front and 2.5 rear drop springs and I dont need an alignment. I could use a camber kit but Im not going to worry about that untill i get Rims/Tires.

You dont have coilovers so they cant adjust your ride hight, that will always be the same. If you bought adjustable Struts then they could set your stiffness to a more stock feal. That you can adjust yourself.

My opinion is the guy is trying to get his friend some buisness by scammin you

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