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#1 OFFLINE   Michealbraunstein

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Posted 12 November 2018 - 08:15 PM

So, my tires in front had begun wearing markedly to the inside. I found a loose tie rod end on the driver's side. I ordered a driver's side replacement, only to find out it was reverse thread and wouldn't fit... after a little pondering, I think someone has had the entire tie rod out before, and re-installed it backwards... although I digress. 

So, after re-installing the old tie rod, I decided to do adjust the toe. The procedure that popped into my head actually worked extremely well, and so I thought I would share. 

I parked my truck about 60' away from the school bus at mom and dad's house. I aimed the truck at the side of the bus, and as perpendicular to it as I could. I placed a 4' long 2" x 10" across one of the front tires, parallel to the ground, and then held my 18" laser level flush with the board. I was able to pinpoint a fine laser dot on the bus 60' away and have a friend mark the location with a sharpie. I did the same for the other side. The distance at the front tires of the truck between the laser beam was 84 1/4". The distance between the laser dots on the side of the bus was 124" !!!!!! clear.png No wonder the tires had been wearing! The toe was off 40" at 60'. Within 2 iterations, I was able to get the toe within 1" at 60'. 

This process, while requiring two people, was extremely quick, and I bet more accurate than having it done at the quicky tire and alignment shop. When I get the replacement tie rod in, I think I'll go the side parking lot of the grocery store parking lot and do the same thing at 100' distance or so... and maybe get a few pictures to help my poor worded explanation clear.png



#2 OFFLINE   Chief 2

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Posted 13 November 2018 - 04:42 AM

Tires are to expensive not to have it done accurately on a high end alignment machine.



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Posted 13 November 2018 - 02:00 PM

I decided to do adjust the toe. The procedure that popped into my head actually worked extremely well, and so I thought I would share. 

I parked my truck about 60' away from the school bus at mom and dad's house. I aimed the truck at the side of the bus, and as perpendicular to it as I could. I placed a 4' long 2" x 10" across one of the front tires, parallel to the ground, and then held my 18" laser level flush with the board. I was able to pinpoint a fine laser dot on the bus 60' away and have a friend mark the location with a sharpie. I did the same for the other side. The distance at the front tires of the truck between the laser beam was 84 1/4". The distance between the laser dots on the side of the bus was 124" !!!!!! clear.png No wonder the tires had been wearing! The toe was off 40" at 60'. Within 2 iterations, I was able to get the toe within 1" at 60'. 

This process, while requiring two people, was extremely quick, and I bet more accurate than having it done at the quicky tire and alignment shop. When I get the replacement tie rod in, I think I'll go the side parking lot of the grocery store parking lot and do the same thing at 100' distance or so... and maybe get a few pictures to help my poor worded explanation clear.png

Pretty clever Mike. :)

I have used a broomstick, two rubber bands, and a wooden ruler before but I like your 'high tech' method better. 

 

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Posted 13 November 2018 - 06:30 PM

i just mesure from one tire to the other front side then back side and make a fast setting then take to be aligned


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