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do i need another alignment?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by ross123, May 24, 2012.

  1. May 24, 2012 at 5:46 PM
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    ive added about 200 pounds to my front end in the past month or so. just wondering if that would effect my alignment at all? im running OME 886's just in case that matters
     
  2. May 24, 2012 at 5:51 PM
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    I'd say it's a judgement call. I'd take into account how much it sagged with the added weight and how it drives/handles and make a judgement call. It's probably not required, it wouldn't have affected your toe adjustment, camber might have been slightly affected because the suspension is slightly compressed but probably nothing overly drastic, same with caster.
     
  3. May 24, 2012 at 5:52 PM
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    i would just check your toe yourself and make the small adjustment, no reason to spend another $75 or so for a simple toe set
     
  4. May 24, 2012 at 5:53 PM
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    if i had any idea how to do that i might lol
     
  5. May 24, 2012 at 5:55 PM
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    You can't with any real degree of accuracy... You're talking about fractions of a degree, you're not going to get that kind of adjustment yourself. If it drives and handles fine, I wouldn't worry about it. If something feels off, then I'd take it in so you don't wear down your tires prematurely.
     
  6. May 24, 2012 at 5:56 PM
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    take a tap measure and get under your vehicle. measure the distance from wheel to wheel in front and back (measure from same spot on sidewall front and rear). if your measurements are what is it 1/32", 1/16" toed in your fine??

    someone correct me but I think thats what the usual toe in is no?
     
  7. May 24, 2012 at 6:59 PM
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    Nice thanks man
     
  8. May 25, 2012 at 5:01 AM
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    This is NOT the correct way to do an alignment... You can have that much deflection just in the way the tire was made. If you're going to attempt to correct the toe yourself, you need to measure from the wheel, not the tire.

    I'd only use the DIY method to get it 'close' after doing work on the front end, just good enough to drive to an alignment shop to have it properly checked. Toe being out of spec will eat up your tires so I would not trust the tape measure method.

    Usually toe is set to 0 or as close to 0 as reasonable possible.
     
  9. May 25, 2012 at 5:15 AM
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    if your adding the 200 pounds at the wheels like s/plates
    you just may need a alignment
    have it checked
     
  10. May 25, 2012 at 6:08 AM
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    yeah i did 95 pounds in skids and about 100 for my bumper and winch
     
  11. May 25, 2012 at 6:27 AM
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    your going to need an alignment
     
  12. May 25, 2012 at 7:06 AM
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    You absolutely need an alignment. If you don't care about tire wear just get one when you burn up your tires. If your alignment guy was silly and ran you at 0 toe you now have substantial negative tow. Your camber needs adjusting too.
     
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