I am in the process of changing all of the tie-rod ends, bushings, upper A-arms, etc. While I am definitely not a mechanic, I feel like I'm making good progress and confident that with the help of this board, will not mess things up too much!
I have been looking for guidance regarding front end alignment and have searched the bulletin board and have found the following thread to be most helpful:
I know it is an old thread, but in any event, I am interested in getting a copy of attachments. For some reason, I am unable to see attachments.
My specific situation:
1. I have a left hand drive car (1990 Alfa Spider Quad)
2. as-found condition of LHS tierod linkage is 285 mm, c to c
3. as-found condition of RHS tierod linkage is 265 mm, c to c
4. center trackrod (steering link) is 246 mm, c to c
5. lastly, the RHS castor control rod is 3/8" longer than the LHS CCR.
Based on comments in the thread mentioned above, if I understand correctly, from PAPAJAM's post on 10-9-2003:
For LHD cars;
Left tierod length = 264-280mm (adjust 1st)
Right tierod length = left tierod length MINUS 5mm (adjust 2nd)
Center trackrod = 530-550mm (adjust 3rd)
Toe-in = 3mm total (1.5mm per wheel)
So, what should I do regarding tierod lenths? I'm thinking of adjusting the LHS tie rod to 278 mm and the RHS tie rod to 273 mm, splitting the difference in lengths while considering the 5 mm difference between LHS and RHS tierods.
With regard to castor control rod, should I return to as-found condition?
I'm thinking that the center trackrod, should be returned to as-found length and then the toe-in checked by "string method" described in the thread.
At what point should I have the 4 wheel alignment checked?
Thanks to all on this board, your help is much appreciated.
Happy New Year to all!