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Whitelightning
Member
posted June 09, 2003 10:05 AM
1984 Monte Carlo, I have been told to set tow buy pulling a sring from back of left rear tire to front of left front tire and get the front tire lined up with the back, then do the same on the right side and turn tie rod until the right front tire has about a 1/4 inch in the rear of tire between string and tire is this the best way with out any gauges or tools. Also can you do it with the car jcked up and it be accurate when you let car down, because I did it with car on ground and bounced on car to level it but then moved car and found out it was adjusted out to far, this is for a 1/2 mile dirt track/ Thanks


dirtbuster
Member
posted June 09, 2003 10:24 AM
here is shat i would do. Make sure the draglink is centered to the car. Then string the left side and make the LF tire line up with the LR tire. Thenset all of your toe out on the RF. If you dont have a toe gauge use a tape measure and measure from center to center of the tires in the back as high near the center as you can. Then do the same in the front at the same hieght. Adjust the RF so the front measurement is 1/8-1/4 longer then your toe is set. It may take several attempts to narrow it down. Yes the car has to be on the ground and you should rol the car back and then forward and stop it without letting it roll back before meaureing. This way it will take up any slack in the tie rods and give you more of a 'as run' measuremtn.


NYhick
Member
posted June 09, 2003 09:50 PM
First thing you must learn is how to spell toe (just bustin ya. I tried the string thing on my car but the front tires are wider than the rears, with equal offsets so the string is way off. Try measuring the front tires across the back and front and comparing the numbers, just be sure to use the same tread groove both times.I personally like 1/4 inch toe out. I hear both opinions and just tried each way.


dreamcatcher
Member
posted June 09, 2003 10:02 PM
the string thing will work if the wheels are true, the best way i have found to do it is to jack up one side at a time, and spray paint down the center of each tire and then hold a ***** driver solid to the middle of the paint stripe,( be sure to paint it all the way around the tire) and then spin the tire to make a line all the way around and then set it on the ground and roll back then forward and then measure the lines. works every time. good luck street stock c17 charlie norris.


dirtbuster
Member
posted June 10, 2003 08:04 AM
i meant just to string the left side to make sure the tires are straight with ea other. And you can do it even with different offsets. The string doesnt have to be against the tires. Use jack stands of something to hold the line 6" or so from the tires and about the same height as the center of the tire. Then measure from the front of the rear tire to the string and the back of the rear tire sidewall to the string. Adjust the string to make these 2 measurements the same then your string is parallel with the rear tire. Now go to the front and leave the string alone but adjust the tierod until the LF measures the same at the front and rear then you will have both tires running straight ahead even though they are not exactly in line.
After that go the Rf and set your toe


backofpack
Member
posted June 10, 2003 06:00 PM
simply take two 1by 6 boards about 24inches long cut a notch in each end about an inch from the top stand them up against the tires 0n each front take two tape measures hook in the slots adjust accordingly


dirtbuster
Member
posted June 11, 2003 08:09 AM
using boards or plates will work fine as long as your boards are straight but more importantly you have to have good straight rims on the car. If you have one that is bent and allows the sidewall to stick out farther in places then it will throw your measurents off. WE tried plates a few times and our toe would be off... rotate 1 tire 90degrees and be right on.. another 90 degreees off the other way. I think the most acfurate is a toe bar like you can find in the tool box.


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