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HOW ARE STRIGHT AXEL FRONT END ALGINED ??

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Well...

If it is mounted on leaf springs;

Caster (Camber) is acomplished by bending the axle,

Camber (Caster) is accomplished by using wedges at the spring mounting pads,

And toe is accomplished by turning the outer tie rods in and/or out.


SJFast posted December 04, 2002 07:54 AM
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[quote]KULTULZ....You got your caster and camber switched.<hr></blockquote>
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KULTULZ....You got your caster and camber switched.
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This is WAY back tech. B4 independent front ends were invented, every axle was aligned this way.
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[quote]Originally posted by SPLCR:
<strong>HOW ARE STRIGHT AXEL FRONT END ALGINED ??</strong><hr></blockquote>
First the axle must be checked to see that it is mounted perpendicular to the frame rails. This is easily done by taking diagonal measurements from the kingpin centers to any point towards the rear of the frame. Repeat this from the opposite kingpin center to a similar point on the opposite frame rail. The two measurements should be the same. If not the axle isn't square and should be adjusted. The camber is pre-set when the solid (Straight) axle is manufactured. It can be changed by bending the end(s)if necessary. The bending is done on a frame machine or similar setup by chaining the end of the axle to be bent to the stationary frame and using a hydraulic jack to apply the bending force. DO NOT USE HEAT. For an early Ford type spring setup; the caster is pre-set by the location of the stock radius rod and the fact that the front crossmember is installed at a 5 degree negative angle. It can also be bent at the ends if necessary. If the stock radius rod has been split and relocated out toward the frame rails (or at the frame rails) the caster can be changed by locating the ends of the split radius rods either up or down to get the angle desired. If "Hairpin" radius rods are used the caster can be controlled by the same method as stated for 'split radius rods' and / or by adjusting the ends at the axle mounting point. If "4-bar" radius rods are used the caster is usually adjusted at the ends at the axle mounting point.

NOTE: The camber is usually OK as is.
Caster is adjust easily with Hairpins or 4-bar radius rods.
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