Originally Posted by icantdrive55
I adjusted my front alignment perfectly with a tape measure and a bubble type caster/camber gauge. The gauge is one that centers on the spindle after removing the dust cap and stays in place with a magnet. A $50,000 alignment rack is only as good as the goofball setting it up, so odds are my bubble gauge is better 90% of the time. The front tires still look new a year later but the rears are almost bald
I'm a level 3 auto technician (alignment/suspension/brake) for Sears and used to work at a dealership. The idiots they let do alignments really scares me. With the newer machines you have to ignore the directions to mis-align a vehicle and then it won't let you sign off as done. Yes the newer machines actually show you how to do every step of the alignment (with videos, suggested tools, and audio aids). The old bubble type gauges do still work, but I would never use them on my vehicles. I use a Hunter DSP-600 (wireless laser compensated) and matching Hunter 24,000lb x-long four post rack, that's about a $95,000 dollar machine after proper installation and leveling. I have never had a comeback on an alignment besides a yearly checkup. I aligned mine after lowering it 3" all around and installing a staggered 17/18 combo and check it every 3 months. It is still in perfect spec, the same spec that Ford has for it. Our machine is maintained and updated anually (so that we have the same specs as the dealerships). If someone tells you you need a camber kit for a vehicle that is factory adjustable (all they have to do is enter it in the machine and it will tell them) it's time to go somewhere else. Somewhere that knows what they're doing. Sorry for the rant but I have had to fix alot of fubared alignments that other people have screwed up lately at the other shops in town.
1990 35th Anny. Supercoupe (under construction). 1991 Supercoupe (tastefully modded). 1989 5-speed Supercoupe (modded). 2003 Yamaha YZF600R (rocket)
1989 Taurus SHO (very lightly modded, but broken again)
1967 Ford F100 2WD (460 bored .060 over, too much cam and gearing for the street).
Last edited by moore89; 10-24-2006 at 03:52 AM.