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Old 08-09-2013, 11:33 PM
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Originally Posted by ah-kay View Post
I played around with it and I set the steering straight and redid the alignment myself. This is what I did for your info. Your result may vary.

1) Assuming true position is 3-9 o' clock. If your steering is 2-8 then you need to shorten the tie rod on driver side and lengthen it on the pass side.
2) If your steering is 4-10 then you need to lengthen the tie rod on d/side and shorten it on the p/side.
3) I turned the tie rod 90 degree each time, one side is CW and the other side is CCW. It took me 2 tries to get the steering true.

I used a very simple method to check my alignment is correct. I measured 2 points on the tires in front and then roll the car and measure the same 2 points at the back, making sure the toe-in is correct and within spec-ish ( as close as possible ).
What you have done is probably what a shop would have done & charged you for.
Check your tread in a few k miles to insure the alignment is perfect.
You common sense approach is very refreshing!!
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