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Air lift wheel alignment

When you lift a car the camber and toe in changes, same when you lower it.

How is this problem avoided with air lift suspension?
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It isn't. As with any car, ideal setting is made at the most commonly used setting and loading. John

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X2. And I suspect that any good shop will know what setting to use. But for good measure, I'd put it in auto or "comfort" mode. That way, it sits at the "regular" height and the tech doesn't have to mess with it.

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The hunter alignment machine has the tech put in the year, make, and model of the car. On a touareg it then asks the tech to check if it is steel or air.

The on-screen directions change depending on which it is aligning.
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When you lift a car the camber and toe in changes, same when you lower it.

How is this problem avoided with air lift suspension?
Great question. Anyone know how the camber and toe is affected when moving from normal ride height to off-road ride height? Is one of those ride heights going to have slightly misaligned camber and toe settings?

What happens if you leave it in the off-road height setting with sport damper mode? It would mean around town it’s up and then on the freeway it would auto adjust down to normal height along with sport mode which is another 25mm down from normal.

Anyone know if the Touareg camber and toe somehow auto accounts for this suspension height change?
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Great question. Anyone know how the camber and toe is affected when moving from normal ride height to off-road ride height? Is one of those ride heights going to have slightly misaligned camber and toe settings?

What happens if you leave it in the off-road height setting with sport damper mode? It would mean around town itís up and then on the freeway it would auto adjust down to normal height along with sport mode which is another 25mm down from normal.

Anyone know if the Touareg camber and toe somehow auto accounts for this suspension height change?
Air suspension Touaregs are aligned when set at "normal" height and damper setting. If the car is lowered (sport mode), it gains negative camber and toe-in. If the car is raised (off-road or extra mode), it gains positive camber and toe-out.

I just recently retrofitted the OEM air suspension to my T4 and will be getting it aligned soon. I'll have it aligned in "sport" mode, as that's what I always have it in.

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How do they deal with the different alignments at different heights?

They limit your speed.

When the suspension is raised it either lowers itself if you go above 60km/hr or if you lock in the height it limits your speed to under 60km/hr.
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Air suspension Touaregs are aligned when set at "normal" height and damper setting. If the car is lowered (sport mode), it gains negative camber and toe-in. If the car is raised (off-road or extra mode), it gains positive camber and toe-out.

I just recently retrofitted the OEM air suspension to my T4 and will be getting it aligned soon. I'll have it aligned in "sport" mode, as that's what I always have it in.
I don't have specific knowledge of the adjustable suspension on a Touareg but I have a lot of general suspension knowledge and I would say that when lowered the suspension would go into negative camber and positive toe OUT.
This cause very twitchy steering and skidiness in the wet.

Raising causes positive camber or probably neutral, and toe in which a bumpy ride and bad return to centre characteristics.
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How do they deal with the different alignments at different heights?

They limit your speed.

When the suspension is raised it either lowers itself if you go above 60km/hr or if you lock in the height it limits your speed to under 60km/hr.
But sport mode is lower and is obviously for higher speeds.
Lowered suspension would be negative camber and toe which is definitely not sporty.

Unless of course it's aligned at sport and you just don't use 'normal' on the road.
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Also when I am having an alignment done I make sure it is in “jack mode” before they start as the front seems to drop after the car is shut off? Not sure why it does it but the “jack mode” was a suggestion the dealer tech mentioned when I was asking years ago and have been doing it since.

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