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Wheel alignment

Discussion in 'General Tech and Maintenance' started by rudeludenotmeanthough, Jul 22, 2003.

  1. rudeludenotmeanthough

    rudeludenotmeanthough Senior Member

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    Has anybone here ever done there own wheel alignment (front)? at any speed my front end shakes bad!! ... how difficult is it to do? what tools are needed. I know i need a camber kit, but would that be the cause of my problems?

    Even if its not possible for me to do on my own, what are the steps that places use to get it done right?... I really dont feel like taking my car and paying 70 buck for someone to loosen and tighten a screw if i can get it done myself accurately.

    Thanx
     
  2. phunky.buddha

    phunky.buddha Admin with a big stick Admin VIP

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    You need an alignment rack to measure everything... I doubt you could see the difference between -0.4 and 0.2 degrees of toe with your own eyes.
     
  3. rudeludenotmeanthough

    rudeludenotmeanthough Senior Member

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    yeah i doubt it too! is there any way i could mess with it now just to get the rattle outa there, until i get it pro fixed?
     
  4. E_SolSi

    E_SolSi Member of the 20 nut club Moderator VIP

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    you can do an alignment yourself... you do need the right equipment though and it does take a little time to do it.... but i did my own (with help) the good thing about doing your own alignment is you can set it up how YOU want it...

    it involves finding the center line of the car and setting up parallel lines from front to rear... then you take your measurements and make adjustments off of the lines

    you can make your own or buy one
    this setup is one of the best ive seen
    http://www.racerpartswholesale.com/smart1.htm
    its not cheap but its worth it if you race and need to make adjustments often
     
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    Gen2Teg Senior Member

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    dude just take it to a shop. Its not that much. and since your car is shaking, thats the balance, not the alignment. if it was your alignment, you'd be swerving to the side and you'd have to hold your steering wheel at an angle for it to go straight. Balancing is about $10 per wheel at any tire shop.
     
  6. rudeludenotmeanthough

    rudeludenotmeanthough Senior Member

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    it does swereve to one side of the road, and i just had my tires balanced... im thinking that one or both tires are either pointing in toward eachother ?

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    or away from eachother

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    causing the two wheels to fight eachother while driveng, thus making it shake. Does that make sense???

    anyways thanks E

    P.S. how would i go about making one of those??...
     
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