But Mad North-Northwest
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: SF Bay Area, CA
Tech Tip: Check your 101/105/115 toe alignment
I was driving the Spider today and reflecting on how much better it handles since I fixed the front alignment issues, and I hypothesized that many of these cars are similarly messed up in the same way mine was. The issue is that most alignment shops these days don't know how to properly align a car with a steering box. Instead they align it just using the outside tie rods, and if you do that on an earlier Alfa you can have the right numbers with the wheels straight but really messed up alignment when you turn the wheel.
It's easy to check and you don't even need to jack up the car. Get a ruler and measure the center-to-center difference on the left and right steering tie rods. On a 750/101 car they should be equal length, on a 105/115 car the right side should be 5mm shorter than the left.
If they're significantly off, some alignment guy fubar'd your toe setup in the past and you probably want to get it fixed, as it makes a big difference.
This doesn't apply to the 116 cars or 164. Those have a rack and pinion and anyone can align them.
1963 Giulia Spider (1750 engine)
Former: 1987 Milano Gold
Last edited by Gubi; 09-16-2019 at 11:22 PM.