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Old May 18th, 2011, 11:58 AM   #1
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Red face Front end alignment help!

Has anyone done a front end alignment in there garage? If so are you any good at it? and if so do you want to come and help me so that I don't screw it up even more?

It seems that one tire is has a toe of 3 degrees as best as I can measure and the other is 0. I just cant seem to figure out how to get one side to move with out the other side moving on my blazer, I have done a ton of alignments on a rack on independent front ends but never a solid axle. I am probably just over thinking everything as that is what I do best. I have been measuring and marking everything seems to be pretty close except toe and that is all I can tell why my blazer pull/ steers really well to the right and doesn't track well on crowned or grooved roads..

Really at this point any help would be great making it drive/ track straight down the road. I have called alignment shop to get prices but when I tell them is a SAS they don't want to do it or tell me that they might not be able to make it any better. I really don't want to pay to get nothing and really cant afford the extra at this time as money is really tight... as is everyone's.

I have that needs to be taken care of as well. I was hoping some time friday or over the weekend.
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Old May 18th, 2011, 04:08 PM   #2
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How are you doing a garage alignment that you know how much toe each tire has? Normally you will only get overall toe.

What type of steering setup is it?
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Old May 18th, 2011, 04:19 PM   #3
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If you were closer I would do it at my work, and what Kevin said, how are you measuring individual toe and not total toe?
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Old May 19th, 2011, 07:51 AM   #4
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well lots of measuing. I know that is not exact but math is my friend, all you really need to do is mark center of vehilce/ axle and measure from there to both tires, the measurement should be the same from that. You can clearly see just standing in front of the truck that one tire is straight and the other points out slightly. Protractors and rulers work well with enough thought. How do you think alignment where done before the machines helped.

custom cross over steering. pretty much a stock solid axle set up though.
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Why don't you just take the tie rod off the effected knuckle and spin it in/out as needed to straighten just that corner and drop it back on the knuckle.
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Old May 19th, 2011, 08:28 AM   #6
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It doesn't matter if one tire is straight and the other has slight toe out.... Over all you have a slight toe out... when you are going straight down the road the tires are probably like this \ / not | /


Just shorten the the tie rod between the 2 tires, you probably want a slight toe in.
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You can clearly see just standing in front of the truck that one tire is straight and the other points out slightly.
Seriously? Why don't you just align it so that you can clearly see both tires are straight?

Toe is self-equalizing. Measure across the tires front and back to set your total toe then adjust the drag link to center the steering wheel - alignment done!
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