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Posted by bobc [Email] (#473) [Profile/Gallery] (more from bobc) on Wed, 13 Nov 2019 19:31:32 Share Post by Email
In Reply to: ever try to align a car at home?, bobc [Profile/Gallery] , Mon, 11 Nov 2019 11:19:21
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I've completed my home-brew alignment of 2 cars! they both drive straight down the road with the steering wheel level. I can take my hands off and they are both good (lots of flat straight roads in eastern NC to road test).

It's a fiddly job with a lot of trial and error. The first car took a long time the second much faster. like anything you get the hang of it.

some tips:
- use a few layers of plastic grocery bags under the tires. this allows them to move as you make adjustments. I soon discovered that if the tires are in direct contact with the ground there is simply too much friction for them to move properly.
- use mono filament fishing line and a jack stands to set up your lines. the mono filiment line gives a straight taut line to measure against. I used 8 lb test which was fine but I might use a thicker line next time.
- iterate. make adjustments, go for a drive. do it again.
- Marks suggestion to check again after a week is a good one, I'll do that for sure.

My goal was simple: Focus on toe and have the car drive straight down the road with a level steering wheel (it's not so much to ask!). I'm pleased with the results so far ... now its a matter of time to see how the tires wear.

Both of these cars already had provision for camber adjustments. I had installed Moog camber bolts in the front and Moog camber adjustable control arms in the rear. I'm not sure how I would have adjusted camber without those.

I didnt adjust caster.

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