Best shops for services (Alignment, Tire Mounting, etc.)

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Re: Best shops for services (Alignment, Tire Mounting, etc.)

Post by thrdeye » Wed Mar 01, 2017 7:40 am

Id hit up Don's Tires on Western for mounting and balancing. they did mine when i lived over that way for $40 if off the car

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Re: Best shops for services (Alignment, Tire Mounting, etc.)

Post by Buck05Sti » Tue Sep 12, 2017 8:28 am

Does anyone still do the lifetime alignments?
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Re: Best shops for services (Alignment, Tire Mounting, etc.)

Post by thrdeye » Tue Sep 12, 2017 9:04 am

Buck05Sti wrote:
Tue Sep 12, 2017 8:28 am
Does anyone still do the lifetime alignments?
Yeah Firestone does. I think any of them do. Douglas James Smith (not sure why he has three names) is at the one in Alcoa.
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Re: Best shops for services (Alignment, Tire Mounting, etc.)

Post by Buck05Sti » Tue Sep 12, 2017 10:55 am

thrdeye wrote:
Tue Sep 12, 2017 9:04 am
Buck05Sti wrote:
Tue Sep 12, 2017 8:28 am
Does anyone still do the lifetime alignments?
Yeah Firestone does. I think any of them do. Douglas James Smith (not sure why he has three names) is at the one in Alcoa.
Cool. Looking for someone that'll let me be back there and mark toe settings.
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Re: Best shops for services (Alignment, Tire Mounting, etc.)

Post by thrdeye » Tue Sep 12, 2017 11:25 am

Use a metal scribe if you can. Paint and other stuff will ultimately wear off.
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Re: Best shops for services (Alignment, Tire Mounting, etc.)

Post by Buck05Sti » Tue Sep 12, 2017 12:16 pm

thrdeye wrote:
Tue Sep 12, 2017 11:25 am
Use a metal scribe if you can. Paint and other stuff will ultimately wear off.
how much toe out did you run? 9/16"?
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Re: Best shops for services (Alignment, Tire Mounting, etc.)

Post by thrdeye » Tue Sep 12, 2017 12:35 pm

Depended on surface. Usually about 1/4 out on asphalt, and yep at Peru or similarly grippy concrete I ran 9/16 to get the car to turn. Keep in mind that the WRX didn't have fancy diffs, whereas the STi does and transfers power better and usually doesn't understeer as badly as a WRX. I would be surprised if you needed as much as I ran, but it will take some experimentation and testing.
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Re: Best shops for services (Alignment, Tire Mounting, etc.)

Post by MARKP » Tue Sep 12, 2017 9:52 pm

Doug at Firestone Alcoa is good. He did the Focus, let me come hang out in the back and ask him some stuff. Seems to be good at what he does.

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Re: Best shops for services (Alignment, Tire Mounting, etc.)

Post by thrdeye » Fri Jun 28, 2019 8:45 am

Anyone have any recommendation on where to go for a quick leak check and recharge of A/C system? E46 M3.

Also, what part of knoxville has the highest rate of grand theft auto?
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Re: Best shops for services (Alignment, Tire Mounting, etc.)

Post by 01badz28 » Fri Jun 28, 2019 10:05 am

thrdeye wrote:
Fri Jun 28, 2019 8:45 am
Anyone have any recommendation on where to go for a quick leak check and recharge of A/C system? E46 M3.

Also, what part of knoxville has the highest rate of grand theft auto?
Had good luck with Mr. Cool in West Knoxville with AC repairs in the non-german cars.

I wouldn't take that M3 to East Knoxville.

All my cars have Millenial Theft Deterrent Devices - so I'm not worried about any them getting stolen.

Also, if you can successfully steal the Camaro and get it out of my garage before I shoot you, I figure you deserve it more than I do.
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Re: Best shops for services (Alignment, Tire Mounting, etc.)

Post by MikeKelly » Sat Jun 29, 2019 11:26 am

01badz28 wrote:
Fri Jun 28, 2019 10:05 am

All my cars have Millenial Theft Deterrent Devices - so I'm not worried about any them getting stolen.
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Re: Best shops for services (Alignment, Tire Mounting, etc.)

Post by disneyd » Thu Jul 25, 2019 8:50 am

Hey, where is the best place now to get an easy race alignment done? Is that Doug guy still at Firestone? Which Firestone?

I had the Z06 done last weekend at my usual place in Maryville and ended up with almost one inch total toe in the rear, which is non-optimal. Some of it may have been a botched conversion from inches of toe to degrees, but correcting for that it was still off by a factor of two... so I don't trust their machine. It should be a quick job as the caster/camber should (hopefully) be correct, I just need the toe set and to make sure the thrust angle is straight.
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Re: Best shops for services (Alignment, Tire Mounting, etc.)

Post by thrdeye » Thu Jul 25, 2019 10:42 am

Yeah, Douglas James Smith is his full name on face book. Address is 311 S Calderwood St, Alcoa, TN 37701.
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Re: Best shops for services (Alignment, Tire Mounting, etc.)

Post by lcoleman » Thu Jul 25, 2019 5:46 pm

I'll put my alignments up against Doug's any day, but we don't do lifetime.

Just sayin'. ;)
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Re: Best shops for services (Alignment, Tire Mounting, etc.)

Post by Nick2500cd » Mon Aug 19, 2019 3:35 pm

Does anyone here happen to be able to program a smart key for a Nissan/infinity? I have another key coming in the mail and was about to call a locksmith/dealer but I wanted to see if any of y'all had the tools to do it first! Or perhaps, the ability to disable the nats in the ECU through tuning software! Either would work well I think.
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