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Old 02-15-2005, 09:42 AM
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at home front end alignments

Any body do there own at home alignments????

I was wondering what equipment you have to do it???

I am going to start doing my own and looking for ideas.

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Alignments at home

Here is an article I found tha tis helpful if one wants to do their own alignments..: http://www.familycar.com/alignment.htm this article explains a lot..

You will need to gather some tools that are needed..the ones I am reffering to are used to measure castor and camber..Toe jigs can be made..and a set of rotating plates are nice but not absolutly necessary..

The tools are availabe from some of the usual online suspects..

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Street Rodder magazine just ran this article, if you check the racks, it may still be on them.
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Excellent article

I printed a copy for my files..gettin old and don't remember it all..

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I use two parallel wires running the length of the car to align my solid rear axle autos, I use a 8" vernier to measure to the rims to get the toe-in. Just remember the wire has to be tight and at axle center height, I use two sets of jack stands with the rear stands tipped on two legs to tension the wire. I use winding wire procured from the local electric motor rewinder.

It may take a while to get good at it but it sure has saved me a lot of money, the worst part is whenever you make an adjustment you must roll out the car and then realign the wires to the rear axle and make sure they are parallel again.
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I use a tape measure and a magnetic angle finder. Gets it pretty close.
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