We all love the articulation, designs, transformation schemes, and slick vehicle modes of our favorite alternators. But let's be honest: with all those shifting parts, sometimes it seems IMPOSSIBLE to get our robots to stand or the panels on our carmodes flush. Does your viper's groundclearance frustrate you? Does it look like someone caught the seatbelt in the doors on your skids? Does your Wheeljack implode if you look at him crosseyed? I'm proposing this thread as a tips and tricks on how to get your Alternators to do what the designers MUST'VE intended them too, but just doesn't seem well communicated through their instructions. Heck, I can't even find where they tell you to extend Skids' legs and that's actually a pretty big part of the transformation! At any rate, without further ado, I will provide my tip on how to get groundclearance out of your viper every single time you Transform him (mostly because it took three releases of the mold before I finally figured it out myself). The Dodge Viper: The key to the viper mold and getting ground clearance is the arm transformation. Move them into the wrong position and the wheels will slip too high and the black hinged bar that connects the body to the tail end will drag on the ground. This tip assumes you already pretty much know how to transform him, these are just a few tweaks: every millimeter counts. With the tail section open, have the fists swung outward, but close, so that the thumbs are almost hugging the hinge on the upper arm. Also, for Streaker and Deadend, turn the head so that it's diagonal. This will allow the arms to be closer together. The rest of the arms parts should all be at right angles so that everything is flush. Also, make sure the bolt side of the shoulder joint is facing down (you can get him into car mode without the bolt facing down, but the wheels won't roll right). With the car upside down, if you wrap your index finger around the wheel and place your thumb on the bolt, you can apply opposite pressure to adjust the joint so that the wheel assembly is flush with the connector. This joint seems to be the most crucial. Now, close the tail section and lightly squeeze the rear wheels together to eliminate anymore possible give. The car should now have ground clearance...at least as much as a low rider can afford. If this is helpful to anyone, I can also offer my tip on how to get Skids' doors flush. I'm still working on Wheeljack's imploding *feature*. And if someone can explain to me why Silverstreak seems to fit together fine, but Smokescreen's car mode fits together like a jalopy, I'm all ears. The only Alt yet that seems to have no issues are the RX-8 mold, aside from Shockwave's huge head. God bless ratcheting joints.