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E36 M3 (1992-1999) {Euro - S50 B32 321hp @ 7400 rpm} {U.S. - S52 B32 240 hp @ 6000 rpm}
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Old Fri, Oct-19-2018, 08:26:20 AM   #1
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Default Curious...How Many Do Own Alignment?

As the title says, I am curious how many enthusiasts do their own alignment? I remember one member saying he does his and had posted a laser tool for toe in/out...can't remember his user name. Would love those that do share tips and experience. A four wheel alignment can cost $240 here from excellent shops.
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Default Re: Curious...How Many Do Own Alignment?

I do it since about 10 years, using a Trakrite tool made in the U.K.
http://www.gunson.co.uk/product/G4008
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Default Re: Curious...How Many Do Own Alignment?

There's a good series of write ups on MotoIQ about suspension including one on doing alignments. If you've ever been to an IMSA or similar type of race, you know pretty much every team aligns their cars with strings.
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Default Re: Curious...How Many Do Own Alignment?

I do F/R toe using jack stands, fishing line, and a 1/32 tape measure.
Picked up used Turner steering rack spacer tool. Works well for a dead straight steering wheel.

I had a shop set my camber and verify my toe measurements the 1st time I set it all myself. I was within .02 of a degree.
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Default Re: Curious...How Many Do Own Alignment?

Here another alignment DIY with a laser
http://www.bimmerboard.com/forums/posts/711044/
I also have tried that laser method on my E32 750 also to compare, but comparing the Trakrite method and the laser, the Trakrite is the most easiest way for me.
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I do it since about 10 years, using a Trakrite tool made in the U.K.
http://www.gunson.co.uk/product/G4008
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Here another alignment DIY with a laser
http://www.bimmerboard.com/forums/posts/711044/
I also have tried that laser method on my E32 750 also to compare, but comparing the Trakrite method and the laser, the Trakrite is the most easiest way for me.
Thank you Eric M3 for responding and sharing...I had been familiar with the Trackace that another member shared...cost-wise, tools seem to favor those who track their car frequently.
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There's a good series of write ups on MotoIQ about suspension including one on doing alignments. If you've ever been to an IMSA or similar type of race, you know pretty much every team aligns their cars with strings.
Yes, I am learning that the string method of alignment applies to our cars very well.

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I do F/R toe using jack stands, fishing line, and a 1/32 tape measure.
Picked up used Turner steering rack spacer tool. Works well for a dead straight steering wheel.

I had a shop set my camber and verify my toe measurements the 1st time I set it all myself. I was within .02 of a degree.
Thank Reauxtide for responding...so you measure your toe in with 1/32 of an inches...so, it it easy to read and does 0.05 degree equals 1/32" or 1/16"? I was leaning towards 1/16."
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Thank Reauxtide for responding...so you measure your toe in with 1/32 of an inches...so, it it easy to read and does 0.05 degree equals 1/32" or 1/16"? I was leaning towards 1/16."
Yes, 1/32" marks to make it easy to read and seems to help with my accuracy.

When I align for HPDE's, I max out the TCK camber plates in the front and set the Toe to 0.

When swapping back to street alignment, camber plates go back to normal and 1/32" toe in each wheel which I believe gives a total toe of approx .05"or .10 Degrees (I can't guarantee that conversion to degrees is right...). Steering is stable, and haven't seen any abnormal tire wear.

I think I've also read suggestions of 1/16" per side, which I think is .1"or .20 Degrees.

Once you get the process down you can play with it and make small adjustments.

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Yes, 1/32" marks to make it easy to read and seems to help with my accuracy.

When I align for HPDE's, I max out the TCK camber plates in the front and set the Toe to 0.

When swapping back to street alignment, camber plates go back to normal and 1/32" toe in each wheel which I believe gives a total toe of approx .05"or .10 Degrees (I can't guarantee that conversion to degrees is right...). Steering is stable, and haven't seen any abnormal tire wear.

I think I've also read suggestions of 1/16" per side, which I think is .1"or .20 Degrees.

Once you get the process down you can play with it and make small adjustments.
Reauxtide, I now believe you're correct that 0.05 equals 1/32"...I have been shopping for a steel ruler 18 or 24inches with 1/32 per inch...I want to give self-aligning a chance,...waiting for the rear sway bar bushings and end-links to come in and install. I recently got a magnetic camber gauge bought from eBay.
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