Project Roadster: DIY Wheel alignment

Between coilovers, winter roads, potholes and bad luck the Roadster’s tracking had slowly crept out to a point where it was driving me mad.  None of the local garages had any equipment to do the alignment without a rig hung over the wheel (the car is far too low and there’s no point raising it to get it tracked!)  So, I dug out the the old “Wheel True” and some trusty string!

I measured total toe across the front and rear wheels, then moved the kit on to one side to measure the relationship front to rear.  Once done for both sides it was apparent the RH front wheel had an extra 3mm toe out!  That’ll be why it was pulling to the right then!

A quick track rod tweak, measure, drive up the road and remeasure and it’s straight as an arrow!

I’ll have to do the KP when it comes out in a few weeks too!

You can’t beat having a relaxing and successful day on the spanners!

5 Responses to “Project Roadster: DIY Wheel alignment”

  1. February 6, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    Ive been meaning to do this for a while now. You reminded me of the ‘colourtune’ with this post. When you did it you used a C0 meter to measure exhaust gases but how did you know what figures it should be? I like you blog, cant wait to see the kp out again soon.

  2. February 8, 2010 at 12:15 am

    Good work as usual. I really need way more unique tools like you have.

  3. 3 chay
    February 9, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    Nice work, saving youself some cash! where’d you buy the setup to adjust it? when i fit the coilovers to my ae86 theres not going to be enough wheel gap to fit the wheel rig either!

  4. February 10, 2010 at 2:58 am

    Wow it’s crazy you have all these rad tools.

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