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Hey guys, I'm new to the forum here. I heard about it from Mr.ed. (my bro) Anyway, I just purchased a 96 roadmaster wagon and was wondering if anyone has some good suggestions on wheel alignment specifications. My bro said that the stock alignmetn specs really suck and my car needs an alignment so I thought maybe someone could help me out here. If possible could you send me a link or even better the specs of what you have you cars set at.

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by the way, I just wanted to let everyone know that I did try and search for this tiopic first, but came up short, please let me know if I missed it somewhere. I'm not all that great at searching for junk on the web, never get the right results. And I klnow how much you guys hate reposts, so sorry if I'm one of em.
 
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Are you looking just to drive the car, race it, or ????

Specs are different for each case.
 
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good point, never thought of that. Just need to make it go straght for now, might eventually take it to the strip, but for now its my daily driver.

Thanks, jessman

P.S. if you could send specs for both it'd be really cool, otherwise just driving specs for now, thanks
 
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For a daily driver, I'd do -0.25° camber, +4.0° to +4.5° caster (dial in some cross caster if you have crowned roads), and 1/8" toe IN.

For handling on a street car, go up to -0.5° to -0.75° camber, other settings same. Should still get decent tire wear, and handle better.

For "all out" handling with tire life be damned, goto -1.0° or slightly more negative camber along with 0 toe (or even 1/16" toe OUT). It'll wear tires like mad, but boy will it handle well


Note that in addition to reduced tire life, the "handling" alignments can make the car wander more.

For a dragstrip car, I'd go 0 camber (or even slightly positive, so +0.25°), and 1/8" toe-in.

Oh yeah, regardless of which alignment you get, be sure they do it WITH the driver's weight in the driver's seat (and if you have passengers 75% or more of the time, put the approx pass weights in those seats as well). Otherwise, the alignment will change when the car is actually being driven.
 
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thanks so much for the prompt reply, that helps greatly, now i just need ot get a job since i just moved to VA from NJ and get soem tires, then will be set to go on teh alignment.


Thnaks again,
JESSMAN
 
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I have had the 'improved' spec's alignment on my 94 SS as recommended by the Old list and tech articles. The inside of the front tires wore like crazy. So this time when I purchased new front tires, I went back to the stock or factory specs alignment. Now, at interstate speeds, the car needs corrections constantly. It wanders like you are driving in a strong cross wind. Suspension is stock. Any suggestions?
 
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Jim : what are your actual numbers now? Without the numbers, advice here is gonna be pretty pointless.

One note : those "improved" specs ARE the factory specs, just to tighter tolerances. The specs I lised above are well within factory specs as well.
 
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Yea, what Ed said. Align with drivers weight and normal fuel load.(Or 1/2 a tank to split the difference.) D.
 
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I hate to admit this. I went to the tire dealer and got an alignment, but didn't get a print out sheet.
 
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Hey guys, I'm in the lychburg Va area and new heree, was also wondering if anyone knows of a good place to go to get my alignment done and also maybe even a website to get moog upper and lower ball joints for my car, and what size I would need or would bany size work without changing anything?

Thnaks in advance
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I remember that some time back, the preferred alignment machine was the Humter 9000. It now costs 49.99 to 54.99 to align a car in the Columbia SC area. Question- why do some alignment people want to charge 5.00 extra if you have wide tires like the Vette and the Impala?
 
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