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Old March 5th, 2010, 11:55 AM   #1
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Had a buddy that works at the stealership come over last night. he was checking the progress on the car. im needing to get my front end aligned pretty seriously. Well last night he taught me a pretty cool trick that i hadnt thought of, and im sure alot of you know this already but for those that dont....

If your worried about your cars front tires "toeing" in, you can take a tape measure and measure center of the tire to the center of the tire on the front side of the tire and on the rear side of the tire. these two measurements should be basically identical.

mine started out 1.5 inches different so i got them pretty close to perfect last night. now i need to adjust the negative camber. i know caster camber plates will help this alot! i was wondering, would i be able to get it basically aligned myself so that when i take it to the stealership all they have to do is set it on the machine and tweak it slightly?

Also, found this one kinda funny. i've got my front bumper off right now for painting, and my buddy told me i better leave it off because with it on they cant get it onto their machine?! its tooo low!!! haha
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You can take your car to any local tire installation shoppe and can align it as well. As for addressing neg. camber, you can go CC plates as the best way. The second way to get a degree or two, is camber adjustment bolts.

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My buddy that works at the stealership said he could prolly do it some night after work for free. haha, but i want to get all the parts installed (by me) before we even start aligning.
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Had a buddy that works at the stealership come over last night. he was checking the progress on the car. im needing to get my front end aligned pretty seriously. Well last night he taught me a pretty cool trick that i hadnt thought of, and im sure alot of you know this already but for those that dont....

If your worried about your cars front tires "toeing" in, you can take a tape measure and measure center of the tire to the center of the tire on the front side of the tire and on the rear side of the tire. these two measurements should be basically identical.

mine started out 1.5 inches different so i got them pretty close to perfect last night. now i need to adjust the negative camber. i know caster camber plates will help this alot! i was wondering, would i be able to get it basically aligned myself so that when i take it to the stealership all they have to do is set it on the machine and tweak it slightly?

Also, found this one kinda funny. i've got my front bumper off right now for painting, and my buddy told me i better leave it off because with it on they cant get it onto their machine?! its tooo low!!! haha

adjusting the toe-in this way is fine as long as the tie-rod is parallel to the rack, if it isn't you could suffer from bumpsteer. If you have obvious camber issues you more than likely will need cc plates
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I've got pretty bad camber problems, so i've been weighing my options on the different cc plates. im also looking at getting a set of the offset rack bushings.

would you suggest i just get the bumpsteer kit or will the offset rack bushings help me out for the most part?
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I've got pretty bad camber problems, so i've been weighing my options on the different cc plates. im also looking at getting a set of the offset rack bushings.

would you suggest i just get the bumpsteer kit or will the offset rack bushings help me out for the most part?
I used the rack bushings and they work great for me. I have the eibach pro kit(coupe springs in a vert) so about 1 3/4" lower
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i've got H & R ss springs on mine, with the front isolators out so theres about 1 finger between my tires and my fender. (its SLAMMED)
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Thats a great idea man! i just got my check... only 22 hours over time. buuuuut i gotta guy buying my amp tonight so i should have enough cash.
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I have a '75 mustang 2 and the engine weight is making the tops of my suspension towers lean inward, I took it to get it aligned and they wouldnt touch it because they figured it would just sag again. anyone know what i can do to keep them where they belong?
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I have a '75 mustang 2 and the engine weight is making the tops of my suspension towers lean inward, I took it to get it aligned and they wouldnt touch it because they figured it would just sag again. anyone know what i can do to keep them where they belong?
One of two things. You can get new strut towers welded in ($$$), or you can fab up a triangulated strut tower brace.

I'd go for something along the lines of the MM unit:



You want to put something up to resist the inward motion of the strut towers, but you also want to triangulate it back to the firewall.
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