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README: Corner Balancing and Alignment

12143 Views 46 Replies 19 Participants Last post by  kotetu
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 engine is already pretty centrally mounted for a FWD...?

So Aaron, any other track experiences you'll be looking for soon? =)
as a matter of fact, yes...:D

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just came back from west end alignment.

This guy is good. if youre in the area and need to get an alignment/cornerbalance. check him out...

dont be surprised if he doesnt use those computerized alignment machines.. all manual( if you know what you are doing.. its just as good or better.)
Glad to see some other Legend owners getting their cars corner-balanced. When I had my Legend with Ksports, I too got it corner-balanced. Really felt even better afterwards.

If anyone in the Atlanta area is looking for a place to get their cars aligned/cornerbalanced by people who actually care and know what they're doing, go to Gran Turismo East or an independent german/euro repair shop called RWL. I'm friends with one of the guys over at RWL and he cornerbalanced my old Legend. And GTE is top notch, we take all our cars from work there to get aligned.
local shop needed

I need to find an alignment shop that does corner balancing/ ride adjustment here in the Wash DC Virginia area.

Any suggestions? I also need some adj rear control arms installed. I put Tein flex coilovers on the VR4 and now my rear camber is neg 4 degrees!! The generic alignment shops aren't competent/ equipped to handle it.
any shops up north?

Anyone know of a good shop that can do corner alignment in Northern California, Say near San Francisco or Sacramento?
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