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Modern alignment tool? Any recommendations? #1299458 Mon Feb 18 2019 02:34 AM
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I hate shelling out money for something like an alignment. I’m considering buying a modern alignment tool and it would pay for itself in no time. At least I’m trying to convince myself that it will.
At $210 the price is hard to beat for a quality tool. I know that I could make a home made YouTube version but I’d rather have a real tool that other folks would have confidence in too.

Here’s what I’m considering. Thoughts?
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Summit Racing Vendor Link

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Re: Modern alignment tool? Any recommendations? [Re: Lugnutz] #1299461 Mon Feb 18 2019 03:04 AM
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That Rube Goldberg thing is a ripoff. Go on Ebay and look up "magnetic wheel alignment gauge". I've got the Snap-on version that cost a few hundred, but the ones on Ebay for less than 20 bucks will do the same thing my professional-level tool will do. All you need is a level floor and a little puddle of oil to make the tires turn back and forth easily. Make your own slotted toe plates from a piece of sheet aluminum for another 20 or so, and you're good to go.
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Re: Modern alignment tool? Any recommendations? [Re: Lugnutz] #1299462 Mon Feb 18 2019 03:08 AM
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The Toe-in tool looks like a good idea. You will need the caster-camber gauge also to do a complete alignment. I have been doing my own alignment for years. It is fun & you can tailor it too your own specs. Saves a lot of hasal & money. I have professional portable system I bought at a sale many years ago. If you are just going to do straight axle jobs you can get by with just the toe-in gauge.
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Re: Modern alignment tool? Any recommendations? [Re: Lugnutz] #1299469 Mon Feb 18 2019 05:03 AM
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Re: Modern alignment tool? Any recommendations? [Re: Lugnutz] #1299475 Mon Feb 18 2019 11:39 AM
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I like these options.
Thanks.
I guess I need to read more about the whole process. Measuring and then adjusting things.
I always thought that the weight of the vehicle needed to be on the tires during alignment. Therefore, the $10 magnetic caster/camber tool confuses me.

Re: Modern alignment tool? Any recommendations? [Re: Lugnutz] #1299763 Wed Feb 20 2019 02:45 AM
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I don't trust a gage that leans on either the wheel or the tire for toe measurements. I jack up the front, spin the wheel and spray a rattle can white paint stripe on the tire tread while it is spinning. When it dries, I hold a fine sharpie against the white stripe while rotating the tire. This provides a fine line that perfectly aligns with the spinning tires. I have two 1/4 steel plates about 8 x 10 with grease between them to set under each wheel and lower it down. The wheels and suspension finds its road position then I simply measure the different distance between sharpie lines front and back of the tire. You can adjust the tie rods while it is on those greased plates and the wheels move with minimal friction. If you need to check caster the rear wheels should also be on 1/2" tall supports to match the front.

Re: Modern alignment tool? Any recommendations? [Re: Lugnutz] #1299772 Wed Feb 20 2019 03:33 AM
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10 bucks for a caster/camber gauge; can't beat that price.

For toe measurement, you can make a trammel bar from a length of 2x2 and some plywood.


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Re: Modern alignment tool? Any recommendations? [Re: Lugnutz] #1299776 Wed Feb 20 2019 03:58 AM
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Wouldn't you have to have wheels with slots to use that magnetic camber gage. Maybe OK with a straight axle, but independent suspension will change camber angle when you jack it up. I would want to have the wheels installed and the weight of the vehicle on the suspension.

Re: Modern alignment tool? Any recommendations? [Re: Lugnutz] #1299879 Wed Feb 20 2019 07:04 PM
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I have a Longacre magnetic caster/camber gauge that all of the oval track guys have used for years. They work great, and very well made for $127. Plus it has 20 degree surfaces on it to set the angles for checking caster. Like already mentioned, it is pretty easy to make a trammel bar which allows you to check toe on the middle of the front/rear of the tire. Instead of trying to scribe a line or using tread grooves, I just take a piece of masking tape with a vertical line drawn on it and put it in the middle of each tire tread. Then I roll the car back and forth so I can use the same reference points checking toe with a trammel bar. Very accurate, and repeatable. Pretty easy to see 1/32 of an inch that way.
https://www.amazon.com/Longacre-782...;qid=1550688753&s=gateway&sr=8-4

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Re: Modern alignment tool? Any recommendations? [Re: 4100 Fire Truck] #1299951 Thu Feb 21 2019 02:30 AM
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Originally Posted by 4100 Fire Truck
I have a Longacre magnetic caster/camber gauge that all of the oval track guys have used for years. They work great, and very well made for $127.


4100 Fire Truck,
How is the Longacre gauge different than the $10 ebay version that tclederman referenced above? No doubt it's made from better materials. But does it do the same thing?

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