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Aligning rear toe

I want to align the rear toe, and am wondering if anybody wanted to share his/her experience. I know the right rear toe is out of specs. I can measure the alignment using strings and basic geometry.
The question is about the procedure.
I bought the special tool for the alignment. I've seen diagrams of the control arms, but I don't have a full understanding how the adjustment works. I know there is a slot where I plug the special tool to align the toe. Does the toe adjustment change the camber considerably? Right now I have -1 deg rear camber, and want to leave it this way.
Do I need any special wrenches? (I have several kinds of "regular" wrenches).
Any comments/suggestions would be welcome.
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Old 07-27-2004, 05:54 AM
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The large bolts are really difficult to get loose with the car on jack stands as it's hard to get good leverage. You might have to put the car on a local lift to loosen the bolts. If so then calculate how much you have to move the wheel fore/aft to get the toe you are looking for while the car is on the lift.
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Don't do your own alignments, it isn't accurate enough. Personally, after driving many cars with very different alignment settings, I tend to like -2 or -2.5 degree camber front and rear, 0 toe all around (kills tires fast), and about 6 degrees caster. This is a very agressive set-up though, so I wouldn't use something that extreme if you don't track the car regularily.
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Thanks for the advice.
SoCal Driver: do I need any special (extra thin, extra large, etc.) wrenches?

gearhead290: I want to make the rear toe within manufacturer's specs. I autoX this car, and anything outside the specs would bump me out of the stock class. One day i might go agressive, but not yet.
I do my own alignments :-). I believe I do it accurately enough. I tested it once: I measured the alignment a few weeks after having it done in a shop, and came with almost identical numbers. Alignment is tedious, but it's not rocket science...
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OK, I've done it. The procedure is not very difficult, as long as you trust your alignment procedure (I do...). The toe adjustment tool is a must. I changed the right rear toe from +0 deg 20' to -0 deg 1' (the specs are 0 deg +/- 5 '), while preserving the camber within specs. The range of toe adjustment turned out to be about 30'. The left side was fine, so I didn't touch it.
Ironically, I don't feel the difference while driving, but hopefully it will help im autoX.
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