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Old 07-29-2019, 11:53 AM
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I'm doing this in my garage or driveway. What's the best backyard mechanic way to set the toe?
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Old 07-29-2019, 10:38 PM
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Invest in a pair of Toe Plates.

https://www.summitracing.com/parts/a...0119/overview/
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I've tried setting toe without toe plates and the extra friction screws up the adjustments. A toe change twists the tire and you need to free up that friction to have a good measurable setting. I haven't tried the multiple pieces of wax paper method. I also heard a sandwich of 10 pages of newsprint works.


I use turntables and if you have replaced tie rod ends and need a basic setup do this:
1 Center the steering wheel and lock it in place.
2 I use a two foot long laser level up against the LF tire and see where it's pointing to the rear on the rear tire. Place the level at axle height against the sidewall and aim at the rear tire at axle height.


3 Adjust the LF tie rod so the laser hits the edge of the tire. I go to the RF tire and adjust toe so it hits the same spot on the other rear tire edge. Important, place the SAME SIDE of the laser level against the RF tire or you will have an error. The toe may be off but it's now off an equal amount on each side.

4 Mark the tie rods with chalk or paint dab for indexing. Make all future adjustments the same amount on each side.
5 I use NASCAR aluminum toe plates and two tape measures to measure toe. You can use a piece of wood, angle iron or tube elevated 2.5" to 3" to miss the tire bulge & hit more of the sidewall. the tapes should be same distance apart as your tire height. Usually that's 26". That way your measurements are the same as actual toe on the tire.


If the laser level is out of your budget or you will only be doing this once. Try running a string from front tire to rear, placed against the front tire sidewall at axle height.
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Old 08-02-2019, 09:31 PM
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So I got out there yesterday and duct taped a couple of straight 2x4s to the tire 3" above the ground and measured across in front and behind the tire at the width of the diameter of the tire. Measurement was exactly the same. So I guess 0 toe. I thought about turning one or both of the sleeves but decided to leave well enough alone. If it starts to wander when I drive it I will revisit the setting. I'll probably invest in a set of toe plates and see if that is any easier but for now I'll run it as is.

I had to flip the crossbar on the upper control arm to take out some of the camber. I got it down to about-1/4 degree and 3.5 degrees caster. I kno I could run a bunch more caster but I didn't feel like dicking with the shims anymore.
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Old 08-13-2019, 08:15 AM
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I bought a set of toe plates while I was in Reno last weekend.

David, what settings would you suggest for a street car?
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Old 08-14-2019, 04:57 AM
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I bought a set of toe plates while I was in Reno last weekend.

David, what settings would you suggest for a street car?
Check out David's website or look at the previous post from 2 weeks ago in this section "alignment specs". There is a direct link to your very question from David.
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