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DIY Alignment - EdM - 04-18-2016

Anyone use one of these?

http://www.speedwaymotors.com/DECO-Magnetic-Caster-Camber-Gauge-Cast-Aluminum-,2698.html


RE: DIY Alignment - turtle5353 - 04-18-2016

Yep use one every week to check caster and camber on my sons race kart. Never on a car though!! Haha

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RE: DIY Alignment - 72HCODE - 04-18-2016

i've used this tool
http://www.amazon.com/Specialty-Products-Company-91000-FasTrax/dp/B000PG6OW2

the results were meh,, your garage floor has to be perfectly level to get good results... and it will not be anywhere as good as an actual alignment on the lasers.


RE: DIY Alignment - midlife - 04-18-2016

This is what I got several years ago and got excellent results from it. So good, in fact, that the local old-school alignment shop asked how we got two cars within whiskers of a professionally set alignment.

It's simple, cheap, and effective. Use two plastic garbage bags under the tires for camber measurements.

http://www.racerpartswholesale.com/product/RPWCasterCamberGauge9500/Caster_Camber_Gauges


RE: DIY Alignment - mjlan - 04-18-2016

I have a similar version to the Speedway one made by Longacre. I used it to set up my Cobra replica when I put it together. If you pay attention to what your doing you can get pretty close. I also have some toe plates that have come in handy a bunch of times.

I would rather try and do something myself, even if I need to buy a few things, than trust some random person at a chain tire store. I haven't been able to track down the old-school guy who can actually align a car since I left the town where I grew up 20 years ago.

Toe plates:

http://www.amazon.com/Longacre-Toe-Plates-Set-Tapes/dp/B000VAOHB2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1461014862&sr=8-1&keywords=longacre+toe


RE: DIY Alignment - basstrix - 04-18-2016

I'm also interesting in DIY alignment. To those with experience, how are you going about establishing a level platform for the car? I've read where one guy used a self leveling laser level and shimmed up the low spots.


RE: DIY Alignment - Don C - 04-18-2016

mjlan;263097 Wrote:I would rather try and do something myself, even if I need to buy a few things, than trust some random person at a chain tire store. I haven't been able to track down the old-school guy who can actually align a car since I left the town where I grew up 20 years ago.

+1, my wife wonders why I need so many tools and toolboxesthumb


RE: DIY Alignment - Carolina_Mountain_Mustangs - 04-18-2016

In the last 25 years I have taken one vehicle to be aligned. I will have to look at the one Midlife has. We had one old guy here that worked into his 80's at the Ford dealership. He always had race cars on the rack and he was the best with the old manual no laser gauges.
I sort of laughed. When I got a new 71 Maverick grabber the second day I had it I tried to take a turn like I did in my old 1950 Ford with built flathead and handled great. I slid sideways into a median and the car got up on the two wheels on drivers side. We went a ways before it dropped back down. It got so far over it ruined both trim rings and hub caps and the wheels were bent horribly. I went and got new wheels, trim rings and hub caps and took back to the dealer and told them the alignment was off. When I came back the service manager said that it was the worst he had ever seen. They had to pull the rear on frame machine to get it back in alignment. It was done under warranty since it was just a couple weeks old, lol.
David


RE: DIY Alignment - basstrix - 04-18-2016

Don C;263113 Wrote:
mjlan;263097 Wrote:I would rather try and do something myself, even if I need to buy a few things, than trust some random person at a chain tire store. I haven't been able to track down the old-school guy who can actually align a car since I left the town where I grew up 20 years ago.

+1, my wife wonders why I need so many tools and toolboxesthumb

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RE: DIY Alignment - rocket366 - 04-18-2016

Yes I did my own with a Longacre tool but got the adapter for the Ford spindle.

I bought the Longacre tool used on ebay and sold it on ebay when I was done.
I still have the spindle adapter 4 sale $25 shipped.

Paul