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9/19/2005
08:57:39

Subject: factory alignment specs
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anyone know the factory alignment specs for a 88 2wd 3.9l auto? my haynes manual doesn't list em and i'm courious. i did a search but didn't find anything on an older one.



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9/19/2005
23:22:43

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I just aligned my 89 2WD, and the factory specs are 0 degrees toe with +/- .03 degrees of variance. The camber angle is +.25 degrees with .1 degree of variance. Thrust angle should be 0 degrees with .01 degrees variance. Caster should be -.25 degrees with .25 degrees variance. I would recommend against positive camber, because you get the nice wearing on the outside edge of the front tires. I have -.5 degrees of negative camber on my truck, and am very happy with the results.



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9/20/2005
08:28:53

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super, i'll check em and readjust, i know mines out cause it pulls to the right a little and i'm trying to save money readjusting em myself but if i have no luck then i'll take it in. but it's more rewarding to fix something yourself then to take to someone and have them do it.



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9/20/2005
08:53:35

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schm... this was discussed awhile back, and i agree with what you say, as i have VERY slight wear on the outside of my tires, with about 9,000 mi. on them. (2000,v6,2wd) i called the top front end shop in town, and was told that they would adjust it (to your no.'s) if i wanted, but recommended against it, saying that it MIGHT screw up something else in the suspension. personally, i think your idea makes sense, but i'm just passing the shop's opinion along to you.



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9/20/2005
20:04:53

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yeti, most shops emphasize the C.R.A. mentality, or cover your butt ;). They'd just as soon align to factory specs and not have to deal with custom setups (or law suits from improper alignment procedures). About the camber issue, you can have up to 1 degree of negative camber without it affecting treadwear (plus it looks agressive).



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