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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-23-2018, 12:10 PM Thread Starter
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Arrow A Stick, Angle finder, and a Tape Measure

Got your attention didn't I? What can you do with a stick, angle finder, and a tape measure? You can check your alignment.
1. Drive your car onto a flat surface and leave the steering wheel in the straight ahead position, parking brake
on.
2. Cut a straight stick to the diameter of your wheels, 17", 18" whatever?
3. Place the stick in the vertical position, touching the rim top and bottom.
4. Using your angle finder or smart level measure the angle, that's your Camber, repeat on the other front
wheel. The camber from the factory is -.75 degrees to +.75 degrees Less than 0 degrees preferred, like -.50
Track set up you need -1.5 degrees or so. (Camber bolts)
Caster can't really be adjusted without Strut top alignment plates, so we'll skip it for now.
5. Toe in: Take your tape measure, and with a helper, measure from a rib on the tread of one tire across the
back to a rib on the tire on the other side (about 5 or 6 inches off the floor). measurement =?
Now measure from the same rib on the front of the tire across to the other side same rib other side,(about
5-6 inches off floor). measurement=? Compare your measurements. If rear measurement is greater than
front then you have toe-in. Preferred about 1/16". If rear measurement is less than front, you have toe-out.
Not preferred.
If your measurements are out of whack, then it's time for an alignment.
If you have a smart camber tool you can check Caster following the directions that come with the tool
A great trick: If you want to be able to turn your wheels easily to check Caster, cut 4X 18" squares of 6 mil vapour barrier plastic and slide two under each front wheel before lowering car. Spray silicone in between layers of plastic sheet for extra easy turning.
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You did get our attention and thanks for all of the great information that you have been providing to us lately...maybe time to start a class called Bullitthead University
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You should do a video and link it on here. I'd love to see the process. I've watched a few videos but having one done on a Bullitt would be awesome. Thanks for sharing!
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