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README: Corner Balancing and Alignment

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Dear Every Coil-Over-Driving Legend Owner--
You should corner-balance your Legend; otherwise you're not taking advantage of what your coil-overs were designed to do. Lowering is only a side effect, or perk, of installing coil-overs.

On with it! Believe me when I write that my Legend is difficult to align--so difficult that I've been turned away from a couple shops (including the dealership). Without a doubt, West End Alignment in Gardina, CA offers alignment and corner-balancing perfection, even for meticulous folks like myself. The guy is a suspension genius; he asks the right questions; his advice is solid. These words cannot describe how satisfied I am, or how my face hurts from grinning the entire two-hour drive home. For once, my Legend is as it should have been. It feels super agile and nimble on its toes.

The Legend about to be corner balanced:

My corner balance results:

The guy moved ~75lbs. of weight off the driver's front wheel, which roughly equates to removing a 400lb. guy out of the driver's seat. As you can see from the results above, relocating the battery to the passenger rear of the car (directly above the wheel) should almost perfectly left/right balance the coupe with me sitting in it.

My alignment is a perfect 1.5 degree camber on both front tires with 4.5 degrees caster and no toe (zero). Both rear tires are running 1.25 degrees of negative camber and 1/16 inches of toe in. I think this is a perfect track setup for a Legend. If you do not track your Legend, or drive aggressively, then run much less camber or you'll be roasting tires!

I wish that you guys could drive the before and after. If you have any questions about corner balancing or alignments, please ask. I can hopefully help. If you would like to schedule an appointment with West End, see below. I cannot recommend them high enough!

18008 S Vermont Ave
Gardena, CA 90248
(310) 808-9233

See you all at the Nationals tomorrow!


Both the alignment and corner-balancing were done with me sitting in the car the entire time.
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The kSport coilovers are designed in such a way that the spring rate doesn't change when height adjusted, correct?
That's actually how it is with most coilovers. Especially the cheap ones like the sleeved Ground Control, Skunks... etc.
I dunno. Ground controls, stock assemblies, Ksport... etc. They are all still "true" coilovers.

Definition of coilovers are coil springs over struts. So if you combine Skunk2 sleeves/springs with the struts, it's considered coilovers as a whole unit.
Dv8's rims are forged monoblocks; mine are two-piece forged. Both of our rims are Volks, but just about any monoblock is lighter than a two-piece. I bought my rims because they're the fucking tits, not because of their performance ;)
+1 Same here.
Bro, I'm not trying to brag, but I'm not going to lie either. Our wheels are possibly the nicest set of rims ever manufactured on Planet Earth. I don't care if they weighed 30lbs. each, I'd still rock 'em (albeit with a lighter set for track use ;P)

By the way, don't you have two spare barrels for sale? Your new signature is beautiful.
Yea, I got two barrels for sale. If you were to put your rim spokes on them, they would be +40mm offset. It looks as if your coupe has even flushness with the front and rears, so I'm not sure if you would like to have the rears out more.

For some reason, the sedans seems to have the fronts stick out more than the rear, so I had to make the rears poke more, and it still seems the front poke more than the rear. Hmm..
My front sit slightly more flush than the rear too, even thought they've got more negative camber than the rear. My rear has toe-in, though. I used to think that was why?

What are you asking for the barrels? Any curb rash, dings, or bends?

No curb rashes, and they are straight. There are tiny ... dinks? I think from some small rocks. I'll try to take some super close up shots of all the imperfections I can find. I haven't figured a price yet..

I still have to get the tires removed, so I'll have to install the brand new higher disk spokes to have the shop remove the old tires.
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