alignment help - Ranger-Forums - The Ultimate Ford Ranger Resource


Suspension Tech General discussion of suspension for the Ford Ranger.

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 02-23-2007
Biz's Avatar
Biz Biz is offline
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: los angeles,California
Posts: 2,120
alignment help

any tips? ive done it already but maybe someone has a different technic

Last edited by Biz; 02-23-2007 at 06:19 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 03-08-2007
Rolldogg's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Ottawa, Ontario
Posts: 3,424
On doing it yourself or what??

Just take it to a shop that has the right equipment....meaning computers and lasers. Any shop that chains it out by hand is ban news.....unless it's a blind old guy that used to be a drag racing king....then it another story.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 03-08-2007
n3elz's Avatar
RF Veteran
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Kennett Square, PA
Posts: 10,620
Toe in is easy. You just measure from the same spot on the front and rear of the wheel or tire -- more accurate with the wheel but not as accessible.

Some have you put pins in the tread and measure between them in the front of the tires, then roll the truck backwards to where the pins are the same distance from the ground as the previous measurement.

You adjust for no difference in the measurements between the front and the back.

If you have large tires and a lift, you may find your alignment "creeps" out quickly. So doing it yourself is the easiest.

Most shops charge your $50 or more just to do toe in and they do nothing else. Not worth it. You can do as good a job for a truck yourself especially if it doesn't last anyway, lol.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 03-08-2007
RazorsEDGE's Avatar
There's no lifeguard in the gene pool
iTrader: (4)
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: New Mexico
Posts: 7,501
If you have an angle gauge you can easily set your camber as well. You can get them off ebay for cheap. Use that to measure your camber, I believe factory specs say your camber shouldnt be off more than 1.5 degrees in either direction.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 03-09-2007
bryanjints's Avatar
Member
iTrader: (1)
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Mount Holly, NJ
Posts: 1,857
Quote:
Originally Posted by n3elz
Toe in is easy. You just measure from the same spot on the front and rear of the wheel or tire -- more accurate with the wheel but not as accessible.

Some have you put pins in the tread and measure between them in the front of the tires, then roll the truck backwards to where the pins are the same distance from the ground as the previous measurement.

You adjust for no difference in the measurements between the front and the back.

If you have large tires and a lift, you may find your alignment "creeps" out quickly. So doing it yourself is the easiest.

Most shops charge your $50 or more just to do toe in and they do nothing else. Not worth it. You can do as good a job for a truck yourself especially if it doesn't last anyway, lol.

John an almost near perfect explination. What do I adjust? I think I have an idea just don't want to make too much of a mistake. I hate trying to fix something and making it worse.

I need an alignment and am going to give it a shot myself if I mess it up too bad off to the shop it goes.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 03-09-2007
RazorsEDGE's Avatar
There's no lifeguard in the gene pool
iTrader: (4)
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: New Mexico
Posts: 7,501
You adjust the tie rods to mess with your toe.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 03-09-2007
n3elz's Avatar
RF Veteran
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Kennett Square, PA
Posts: 10,620
Yes, Bryan, Ryan is correct.

Where the tie rods connect to the spindle is the tie rod end, and a shaft from the steering is threaded into that. There is a jam nut to lock it down. You back off the jam nut and turn the shaft that comes out of the rack to adjust it.

Until you get the "feel" of it, use a 1/4 turn of the thing so you don't get out of hand.

You can also use these adjustments to center your steering wheel. Once you have toe in proper, you can lengthen the side that your steering wheel is turned towards slightly, and shorten the other side by the same amount.

By the way, the threads on these adjustments are all standard right-hand thread. If you're left handed, you can't do this adjustment at all...
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 03-19-2007
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Kennett Square, PA
Posts: 2
Anybody know where I can get cam bolts so I can adjust camber? I went to the dealer and they tried to sell me the wrong stuff. I'm pretty sure the upper control arm doesn't have cam bolts from the factory.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Related Topics
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
headlight alignment help ntjacks23 Exterior Semi-Tech 0 08-19-2010 12:57 PM
SUPERLIFT ALIGNMENT ISSUES PLZ HELP 00Ranger4digbeast Suspension Tech 2 08-08-2010 09:41 PM
alignment help mitchell561 Suspension Tech 0 04-10-2010 10:57 PM
URGANT HELP! Alignment kits malydeen General Ford Ranger Discussion 0 06-12-2009 08:28 PM
Flex Plate to Torque Conv. Alignment - Help!!! R Carson 2.9L & 3.0L V6 Tech 3 04-02-2009 04:14 PM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 12:23 AM.


We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.