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Old 08-23-2017, 10:05 PM
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Well you were correct to a certain extent. I was not impressed. I was told over the phone that they had the corvette specific tool, even after I asked if he was sure. While aligning the car, I asked about it and the guy said he did not have the tool and that he would give me 50% off for the misinformation. The aligner also had trouble getting the rear camber negative enough without throwing out the toe, however the rear of my car is raised all the way due to tire rub with 285/35R20 ratio tires and I attribute some of it to that. I also mentioned about removing the washers but he said it most likely wouldn't do anything. Once I get proper fitting tires and lower it again, I'll get it rechecked. I'll look into a place that can do a proper caster check in the fall. Here are the before/after, still better than it was but like I said, not impressed:

if you remove the shims it makes a big difference, I'm on my 4 th c7 ( now a 2016 zo6) and on all 4 cars unless I removed shims I couldn't get the negative camber and toe in I wanted.
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Old 01-23-2018, 07:13 AM
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RAC-been using them for years. I cannot imagine there's anything unique as far as a C7 alignment goes.
You can always have RAC call use for rear caster tips with only two 1/4 inch or 6mm studs you can get the angle. I think if a good shop buys the tool it will pay for itself and C7 customers will come in for setups
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Anyone end up finding a reputable shop?
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Old 04-13-2019, 09:06 PM
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Anyone end up finding a reputable shop?
2 guys in my group had their cars done at classic. They have the tool. I will be having them do my 19 z06 when I take it in for the 500 mile oil change. Service writer said no problem.
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Old 04-13-2019, 09:19 PM
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2 guys in my group had their cars done at classic. They have the tool. I will be having them do my 19 z06 when I take it in for the 500 mile oil change. Service writer said no problem.
In grapevine?
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Old 04-14-2019, 12:58 PM
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Huffine’s Chevrolet in Plano claims to have it.
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Old 04-14-2019, 01:31 PM
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Lowered mine on stock bolts and new A/S 3+ tires. No funky tire wear just yet but would like to have it checked.
I’ll call RAC tomorrow and update.
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Yes. The big one.
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Old 04-15-2019, 06:38 PM
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Lowered mine on stock bolts and new A/S 3+ tires. No funky tire wear just yet but would like to have it checked.
Iíll call RAC tomorrow and update.
Any update from RAC?
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Any update from RAC?
Just got off the phone with Hans @ RAC.
He has the tool to check rear caster, he said that he didn't buy the actual GM one but evidently there are people/ways to manufacture a facsimile thereof that works. He is very familiar with the alignment specs for C7's. He said he gets work from 21st Century because they do not have an alignment rack. Eluded that he probably does as many C7 alignments as he does Porsche.
Anyway, sound like he can do it.
Standard alignment is $199, track alignment is $249.
I'm gonna give him a shot when I get some of my other projects done.
I let him know that a few peeps were looking for a good shop here on CF
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Originally Posted by 2019GSTX View Post
Just got off the phone with Hans @ RAC.
He has the tool to check rear caster, he said that he didn't buy the actual GM one but evidently there are people/ways to manufacture a facsimile thereof that works. He is very familiar with the alignment specs for C7's. He said he gets work from 21st Century because they do not have an alignment rack. Eluded that he probably does as many C7 alignments as he does Porsche.
Anyway, sound like he can do it.
Standard alignment is $199, track alignment is $249.
I'm gonna give him a shot when I get some of my other projects done.
I let him know that a few peeps were looking for a good shop here on CF
Good to know.

Im still thinking i will have Classic do mine. 2 guys in my group had theirs done at Classic and they said numbers were right on, so the guy that did it knew what he was doing. They also only charged 129 or 139. This was to the DSC sport Street/Occasional track specs so nothing real crazy.

Only reason I might go to RAC is to have the corner weighting checked. Hate to have a nice tight alignment only to have the spring rate balance be off.
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Huffine’s Chevrolet in Plano claims to have it.
Scheduled mine at Huffines for Wed. The lead tech who is supposed to be the corvette guru - Keith Overturf - said "no one should do an alignment without the rear caster tool".... that's a pretty good sign.

Keep you posted.

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Old 04-22-2019, 08:24 PM
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Originally Posted by douglee25 View Post
Scheduled mine at Huffines for Wed. The lead tech who is supposed to be the corvette guru - Keith Overturf - said "no one should do an alignment without the rear caster tool".... that's a pretty good sign.

Keep you posted.
Keith is my regular service advisor.
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Originally Posted by twowinns View Post
Keith is my regular service advisor.
Good guy? Knowledgeable?
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Good guy. Pretty knowledgeable. Knows to not wash Corvettes. Never tried to “sell” me on unneeded services. I’ve never had another SA while I’ve owned my Stingray, so I have no one else to compare him to.
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Thanks for the info.
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Old 04-24-2019, 11:55 AM
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So the car went in this morning and was completed by 11AM. Go back to get the car and no rear caster spec written on the paperwork or on the alignment before/after sheet. Asked Keith who ended up calling the tech directly. Their tech stated their machine can't read rear caster. Of course I know this but they stated they had the tool to read it off the machine. So now the service manager is supposed to call me tomorrow. Frustrating...
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Originally Posted by douglee25 View Post
So the car went in this morning and was completed by 11AM. Go back to get the car and no rear caster spec written on the paperwork or on the alignment before/after sheet. Asked Keith who ended up calling the tech directly. Their tech stated their machine can't read rear caster. Of course I know this but they stated they had the tool to read it off the machine. So now the service manager is supposed to call me tomorrow. Frustrating...
Sorry to hear that. Why cant people just do what they say?
At this point I hope you get your money back, after all you paid for an alignment that wasn't completed.
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Old 04-25-2019, 09:00 AM
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I'm still waiting on a call back this morning from the service manager. In the mean time, I reviewed the details on the alignment sheet. It still is a little off according to what I asked for, but my question is, is it enough to warrant a complete realignment?

Give me some advice here...

DSC spec for street -

Front - Camber = -1.2 d, Toe = +0.5mm, Caster = +6.5 - 7.0 d
Rear - Camber = -1.2 d, Toe = -0.5mm, Caster = +0.7 d


What I received yesterday -

Front - Camber = (L = -1.1 d, R = -1.3 d), Toe = (L = -0.1 d, R = -0.02 d = Total toe = -0.01 d), Caster = (L = 6.8 d, R = 6.5 d)

Rear - (L = -1.2 d, R = -1.2 d), Toe = (L = -0.3 d, R = 0.00 d = Total toe = -0.03 d), Caster = no measurement


Thoughts? Looks somewhat sloppy but acceptable?


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