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I recently lowered my TL with Comptech springs. The ride is wonderful, MUCH better than stock. Immediately after the springs were installed, I noted that the steering was much looser--there was a certain heaviness I had known and loved before I altered the car. As recommended by many on this board, I had a 4-wheel alignment done at the dealer two weeks after the springs were installed. This corrected the problem for a few days, but now it's back, though not nearly as badly as prior to the alignment. It feels almost as if the power steering is overboosted, and that there is an area just on either side of the midline of the steering wheel in which there is less response. I'm probably going back to the dealer next week to have the car looked at again.

Any ideas? In the immortal words of Deforest Kelley...."Dammit, Jim, I'm a doctor, not an engineer!"
 

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that's weird, after installing the springs you should feel tighter steering. i have comptech too and i feel tighter. do you have the spec on your car after alignment? maybe some part of the alignment is too bad? for my car, my front is ok, but my rear camber is off
 

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rominl said:
that's weird, after installing the springs you should feel tighter steering. i have comptech too and i feel tighter. do you have the spec on your car after alignment? maybe some part of the alignment is too bad? for my car, my front is ok, but my rear camber is off
but you also have sways...won't that make a difference?
 

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rominl said:
that's weird, after installing the springs you should feel tighter steering. i have comptech too and i feel tighter. do you have the spec on your car after alignment? maybe some part of the alignment is too bad? for my car, my front is ok, but my rear camber is off
I'll have to go to the dealer, I'm sure they recorded that information after the alignment.

Thanks for the replies so far!
 

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Agree with Hassan. You should definitely get the sways.
Sways mush, strut bar even better. :D
 

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my steerin got tighter after the drop, and my rear camber is off!!! i say you should ride around a lil longer and see if it goes away. good luck bro!
 

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Definitely a alighnment issue, IMO.

Your alignment is probably off. Maybe the camber....another words, say the top part of your wheels are more into the fender then the bottom (negative camber). This makes the contact patch smaller and more prominent towards the inside thus reducing the amount of resistance and making your steering feel looser.......but I could be wrong.

Weren't you in a parking lot mishap a while back? Was the suspension all bent out. Caster has a very big effect on steering feel too.
 

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Definitely a alighnment issue, IMO.


Weren't you in a parking lot mishap a while back? Was the suspension all bent out. Caster has a very big effect on steering feel too.
Yup, I was, but had absolutely no trouble with the suspension afterward--in fact it was better than new.
 

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my steerin got tighter after the drop, and my rear camber is off!!! i say you should ride around a lil longer and see if it goes away. good luck bro!
Won't that lead to prematurely worn tires? I thought that incorrect camber was a bad thing that needed to be corrected. Am I wrong? Having just spent $188 for those Dunlops, I'm a little concerned.

What causes incorrect camber?
 

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Won't that lead to prematurely worn tires? I thought that incorrect camber was a bad thing that needed to be corrected. Am I wrong? Having just spent $188 for those Dunlops, I'm a little concerned.

What causes incorrect camber?

yes and no. negative camber is good for racing and fast cornering, coz' it helps to grip the ground better. but no it's not good to tires, it will cost uneven wear and your tires will go out faster. i have negative camber on my rear wheels too, but i dont' care, coz' our stock rubbers are shitty to begin with anyway :)
 

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or your toe can be out of spec. I know after I installed the my springs and upper strut tie, the steering became really loose. Well after a tire rotation and having the toe spec reset it feels more tight.
 
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