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If I am fitting my vehicle with new wheels and tires (same diameter as previous, but wider rubber), is it advisable to have my alignment done? <p>Oh, and i'll coin an acronym for one time use: SPITS. Search Police* I Tried Searching!<p>*ie: Mullman, UKMatt<p>
 

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Re: Do new wheels require alignment? (Mayor Sizzle)

No alignment is needed for putting on new rims/tires. Alignment is needed only if you are modifying the suspension components (ie, lowering the car).<br>
 

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Re: Do new wheels require alignment? (Mayor Sizzle)

It's not needed but it'll be ideal. I bought new tires and didn't get an alignment right away. After a long road trip, I noticed unusual tire wear. I went to get it aligned and three tires were pointing in one direction while one in the opposite. Maybe that explains high tire wear on my original.
 

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my logical half says to get a wheel alignment after doing anything major to the wheels or tires...<p>i know some of my friends have had some problems in the long run because of the torque on the lugs. If you're gonna do it yourself, rent a torque wrench or something to make sure you're not overtightening the lugs. That can be big problems.
 

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No alignment necessary with wheels, as was noted. If you needed an alignment with the new you'd need it aligned with the old as well. <p>I switch wheels all the time between street and track - no alignment change required.
 
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