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Saturday, April 10, 2010

Big Sky shop alignment

These are the tools for alignment. I've had the Auto Pro tool for years and the turn plates about 5 years. The plates make it much easier and you can get a repeatable 20 degree swing rather than using the steering wheel as a guesstimate.
My beautiful and able assistant is holding the range pole for elevation readings where the tire contact points are marked on the concrete. That way all the contact points can be shimmed for level. Big Sky shop is not level.
On the plates ready to adjust. The right front was set at zero elevation and every thing else shimmed to match. It took a 2 7/8 shim (wood ) under the left front and various other shims for the back wheels.
I followed the master Bob Drewes's settings 3 1/2 caster, right camber 1/8, left camber 1/4 and toe out of 1/32. Toe might be more like 3/32 - hard to get a repeatable measurement.
I really like how it drives. I notice the wheel wants to return to center after a turn more than it did before.

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