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Old 12-07-2009, 05:53 PM   #31
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mmm, guess I really should look at more than one source before I spout my mouth off. Yea the only source I had was some mechanic website that to me seemed to say it would only add a few thousand miles to your tires but never went into all the other impacts it could have on your vehicle.

Id edit out my post if I could, but I cant.

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Old 12-07-2009, 06:27 PM   #32
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wow, most people won't come out and admit that. you can hear some weird things online, but i agree w/ mrcarcrazy, there's a lot of factors. i had a guy in last week w/ a truck that kept wearing tires out after 20k, and he couldn't understand why since he's on his third 20k set from discount shops that were supposedly doing alignments. well we put on new tires and aligned it properly, the knock out plugs were still in the slots of the control arms. meaning no one ever adjusted camber or caster, and it was way out.

so this guy spent over 600 bux every 20k for 60k. so thats almost 2,000 bux in tires and labor and if he keeps his alignment in spec these tires will last at least 60k costing him 600 instead of 2 grand.

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Old 12-07-2009, 07:33 PM   #33
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How much the tires wear is a direct function of how badly the tires are aligned.

""""""specialized race shops"""""" - That comment is uncalled for.

I had 3 of those "performance" shops - we charged more than discount places and most other shops because we made sure we did it right - the first time! Yes, our prices were much higher than anyone else in the area - if someone didn't want to pay more to do it right then they were welcome to go somewhere else.
We were selective about what kind of work we did (mostly performance tuning but we also did wheel and suspension work) and the vehicles we worked on - like no foreign cars.
Yes, we also screened customers too. Cheapskates and attitude problems were turned away.

You'd think that would hurt business - but it didn't. We were booked solid - usually for at least 2 weeks ahead. That shows there's a real demand for quality work using quality parts. We didn't need to advertise at all.

One of the hardest things a shop faces is getting good help . I think I hired 15-20 "experienced mechanics" on a trial basis to find just one that was worth having - and even then they had to be trained or retrained. Once I found a good one I paid them much better than they could ever get anywhere else. I ended up with an excellent crew.

Yes, it's expensive owning and operating a shop - keeping equipment updated is only one of the expenses.

The saying "you get what you pay for" is true!

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