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Old 08/30/2006, 04:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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How to adjust toe & camber?

I am going to do my own alignment this weekend. I know how to measure everything, but I don't know how to adjust it. Does anyone have a picture of the correct components that need to be adjusted and which way to turn them for adjustment?

I can't believe someone hasn't made a DIY Alignment for the Garage yet.
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I am going to do my own alignment this weekend. I know how to measure everything, but I don't know how to adjust it. Does anyone have a picture of the correct components that need to be adjusted and which way to turn them for adjustment?

I can't believe someone hasn't made a DIY Alignment for the Garage yet.
Dude it's pretty cheap, just go have it done.
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Old 08/30/2006, 07:54 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Perhaps he wants the gratification of knowing how to do it himself. You could even score a little extra cash on the side for it.
There was a howto on alignment at some point, not sure where it went.
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Your trusty Mitsu service manual will tell you what is factory adjustable, and where/how to adjust it.

Ill give you a brief summary fo what you are looking at for a full alignment.

-Camber is not adjustable in front nor back, from the factory. You need a set of coilovers with adjustable camber plates, or a camber kit to adjust front-end camber. Rear camber needs a camber kit as well, or you can make your own by installing some washers/spacers in between the upper control mounting flanges and the chassis.

-Toe is adjustable via the tie rod adjustments in the front and the manual shows you how on Page 33A-6.

-Toe is adjustable via the toe control arm in the rear. It is on an eccentric that allows adjustment of the toe.
Page 34-6 will show you how.

Good luck.
BTW; I made my own camber kit in the rear for my JICs and it worked great, dont waste your money on a camber kit.
Also, my rear didnt need any toe adjustment, so before you fool with that, set your desired camber, and then check your toe, if you didnt slam your car on the ground itll probably be ok.

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Dude it's pretty cheap, just go have it done.
Actually, around here it is not cheap. I have only found a few garages that will align a lowered vehicle. It's upwords of 80-90 dollars for an alignment. If I can save 80-90 bucks, I'm gonna do it myself. And for the record, nothing is cheaper than free.

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Your trusty Mitsu service manual will tell you what is factory adjustable, and where/how to adjust it.

Ill give you a brief summary fo what you are looking at for a full alignment.

-Camber is not adjustable in front nor back, from the factory. You need a set of coilovers with adjustable camber plates, or a camber kit to adjust front-end camber. Rear camber needs a camber kit as well, or you can make your own by installing some washers/spacers in between the upper control mounting flanges and the chassis.

-Toe is adjustable via the tie rod adjustments in the front and the manual shows you how on Page 33A-6.

-Toe is adjustable via the toe control arm in the rear. It is on an eccentric that allows adjustment of the toe.
Page 34-6 will show you how.

Good luck.
BTW; I made my own camber kit in the rear for my JICs and it worked great, dont waste your money on a camber kit.
Also, my rear didnt need any toe adjustment, so before you fool with that, set your desired camber, and then check your toe, if you didnt slam your car on the ground itll probably be ok.
Thanks NAPALM. I found the thread on making your own camber kit and I am going to do that this weekend too.
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in 33A-8 it shows how to adjust the front camber by using different diameter strut bolts. Any idea where to get these different diameter bolts?
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in 33A-8 it shows how to adjust the front camber by using different diameter strut bolts. Any idea where to get these different diameter bolts?
Probably the eccentric / egg shaped bolts. It's hard to explain, but if you see them they make sense. You put one on each side through the bottom of the strut, and when you rotate it, the strut shifts around. Sort of. Hell I can't explain it even but again if you see them, they make sense.

You probably won't need them. I have the Tein springs, which are pretty low, and I'm on the edge of spec. Not sure what you have but... you'll probably be OK.

If you do have front camber issues though, PM me and I can sell you (for cheap) the ones I have. They are the standard kit you get at any store.

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I don't really have camber issues in the front, I was just curious. I have Eibach Sportlines which are significantly low too.
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