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Alignment from Pro-align

Published:  12 November, 2014

Checking for steering & suspension problems is a fast and easy process with the Hunter Quick Check alignment system from Pro-Align. The preliminary alignment diagnostic system takes one minute to go through an initial six-point assessment. If it picks up any issues the vehicle can then go onto a workshop's main alignment system for a full check-up. The initial check measures 6 of the 14 primary angles and comes as a fixed point drive-through module which is ideal for the workshop entrance or a multibay system which can be transferred between work areas. QuickGrip adaptors fit onto the wheels in one simple click and the QuickComp feature allows rim run-out compensation in one short roll forward.

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