Custom or stock alignment?

When it comes to getting your car aligned there are a few options available. Most vehicles come with a few adjustments to the vehicle’s suspension. The most common adjustments are Camber and Toe. We do a lot of alignments and sometimes customers want custom alignments. The reason could be for a couple of reasons. First, handling and custom race specs for track application. Second, being the super awesome look that grabs everyone’s attention as it drives by. Lastly, just to tweak the way it handles and drives on city streets and highways.

Whenever possible we always recommend to stick with a stock OEM alignment for best results. Years of research and development has been invested by manufacturers to achieve optimal results.

Stock Alignment

When a manufacturer designs a vehicle for a specific region of the world the suspension specs are created to best handle that road design. The suspension in most passenger vehicles are tuned for a safe contact patch of the tire on the ground, and good handling with very little tire wear. This is the safe route to take when it comes to preserving tire life. A stock alignment will allow you to adjust all allowable angles back to manufacturer’s requirements. Most new vehicles should have their alignment checked shortly after the break in period of their vehicle. We usually check the alignment of a new vehicle at around 6,000km. This being that the suspension settles from when first installed and the specifications change because of their occurrence. We can set all adjustable angles.

Custom Alignment

Customers who indulge in tweaking their suspension usually do this based on researched specifications from various sources. It may be found by the manufacturer for more aggressive set up, could also be from die hard fan clubs that have gathered years of data on what works more efficiently for certain vehicles. Regardless the more aggressive a suspension is tuned the more tire wear there will be. It’s a trade off that to most enthusiasts that is well worth its weight in rubber. Alignments are set up custom-wise if there is a certain track that requires the suspension to be tweaked to handle turns better due to the pitch or angle of the turn. It is necessary you bring the custom numbers you want in order for our technicians to make the necessary adjustments.

Whether you chose a custom alignment or a factory OEM alignment our team of highly trained specialists at Level Auto can align you vehicle and give you a piece of mind that the job is done right and up to the highest standards.

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