But Mad North-Northwest
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: SF Bay Area, CA
Whatever works for you, I guess. But what do you do? You do the whole alignment for toe, test drive, adjust the rods to try to center the steering, then redo toe again? Then test drive and repeat if you don't get the steering perfectly straight the first time? Better you than me.
Personally I'm not worried if the rods are off by a mm or two: that's not going to mess things up to any significant extent, and my way is both effective and a lot easier. This is a 1960s steering system here: we're not building the space shuttle. It really just takes a very small rotation to fix the steering angle and then you're good to go.
For the record, last "professional" who aligned my car had the right side 20mm shorter than the left, which is why I started doing it myself. I didn't know for quite a long time: the car was perfectly drivable and I didn't have any odd tire wear, but it's definitely better with things done properly. So really, I'm not at all worried about a couple mm given that it can be waaaay out and even then only noticeable if you're really paying attention.
1963 Giulia Spider (1750 engine)
Former: 1987 Milano Gold