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Another Alignment Question

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by tweeek, Apr 30, 2012.

  1. Apr 30, 2012 at 3:37 PM
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    tweeek

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    I recently installed Toytec's OME kit on my 06 AC. 885's no spacer. Got roughly 2.5-2.75"

    I brought it to the shop for an alignment, they told me "Its in spec" like I assumed they would. I held out of UCAs to see how close we could get aligned. Numbers came out as following:

    Caster
    Left 1.3
    Right 1.4

    Camber
    Left 0.6
    Right 0.8

    Toe
    Left 1/32
    Right 0

    I think ideally it should be Camber 0 & Caster 2.0+

    I didn't specify any settings, because I didn't read any other posts until I left :( He didn't tell me whether it was maxed out or anything, but said it fell into Toyota's specs. I also noticed in the printout he had my tires as 245/75/16s while I run 265/75/16s though I don't know if that makes a difference.

    Question is, is it worth taking back to get the numbers tweaked? It does seem "Touchy" at highway speeds, but drives straight. I don't expect to get my numbers perfect without UCAs, but can they do better?

    Is my camber low enough I don't have to worry about tires wearing premature?
     
  2. Apr 30, 2012 at 3:45 PM
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    landphil

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    "Edit to caster" is not a tire wearing angle, but yes, it is low, and will cause the stability issues you are experiencing.
     
  3. Apr 30, 2012 at 3:50 PM
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    "If the camber is out of adjustment, it will cause tire wear on one side of the tire's tread"

    from http://www.familycar.com/alignment.htm

    If I am not mistaken (Which I could be) its caster causing the "touchy" feeling.
     
  4. Apr 30, 2012 at 3:53 PM
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    Fixed that for you.
     
  5. Apr 30, 2012 at 3:54 PM
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    That's a pretty decent alignment for 3" lift with no UCAs. I'd drive it for a while and see how I liked it.
     
  6. Apr 30, 2012 at 5:40 PM
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    Good to know. So to clarify, at this point, it is my comfort level with the highway driving and not a concern of wearing tires correct?
     
  7. Apr 30, 2012 at 7:13 PM
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    You did, thank you. Thats what you call a brain fart!:facepalm:
     
  8. Apr 30, 2012 at 7:18 PM
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    Yes, it won't handle as well as it would with more uh, uh, caster, yeah, thats it, but it won't cause tire wear. This without the brain farting this time.:) Sorry about that.
     
  9. Apr 30, 2012 at 10:11 PM
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    Yep.
     
  10. Apr 30, 2012 at 10:32 PM
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    they gave up a little camber for caster....

    its your call, live with the stability or get new UCA's and call it a day. I drove mine for a month, it made me insane and i pulled the trigger on the UCA. haven't looked back once.

    HIGHLY recommend the SPC UCA's - look around they can be had for 380.
     
  11. May 1, 2012 at 9:19 PM
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    My tires wore quite badly with camber at .7. I'm about to buy UCA's.
     
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