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Old 09-01-2009, 09:08 AM
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MII Alignment?

Hi All,

I have a new RCM Mustang II front clip under my '72 Maverick that's been aligned by "eyeball". I just ordered this caster/camber gauge from Speedway Motors and I have the spec's to go by, but which do I do first, caster or camber? I know the toe gets set last...

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I don't know the answer, but I do know where you can get the front end set properly if he is still in business. The old Airport Gulf station across from the airport is where I took my 34. He did a great job and was really interested in my car. He is also a rodder.

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Camber first then caster then redo each till u are done. Seen on a vedeo , may be on this site but I am to tired to look. U must also check with wheels turned to see run out.
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I don't know the answer, but I do know where you can get the front end set properly if he is still in business. The old Airport Gulf station across from the airport is where I took my 34. He did a great job and was really interested in my car. He is also a rodder.

Vince
Should have asked you first! <LOL> I'm leery of anyone ruining my fit/finish and decided to do it myself (as usual).

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Camber first then caster then redo each till u are done. Seen on a vedeo , may be on this site but I am to tired to look. U must also check with wheels turned to see run out.
Good, thanks! I figured there'd be some "back and forth" between those two until it becomes right for both. Hopefully the magnetic gauge will have enough "stick" to hold to my billet wheels!

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Just wanted to post back with +++ results! I got the frontend aligned in about 2 hours (after spending the previous 3 hours setting the ride height). After some checking, it seems my RF corner was 1/2" low. On my Mustang II front clip (RCM), the coilovers need to be removed to get to the adjustable upper shock bracket bolts. After doing this 5 times (remove shock, adjust bracket, install shock, jack car, remove stands, jounce car, measure heights) over 3 hours, I finally got the heights right.

The gauge won't work with wheels on, so I had to measure the drop from the lower CA's to the floor and make some blocks to match. then jack the car and remove the wheels, then drop the car on the blocks so it's at ride height. Next, the dustcaps had to come off so the gauge would fit flush on the wheel. Now the actual alignment could be done. I ended up using +4 caster and -3/8 camber. This was pretty easy to do on 1 side, but harder to duplicate exactly on the other side. My setup has two slotted bolts per side and the A-arm nuts face up, so they're easy to get to.

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