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Old 12-10-2012, 07:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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There seem to be many different ones.....which one would you suggest and why?

http://www.summitracing.com/parts/sps-91000
toe kit
http://www.summitracing.com/parts/sps-91100

http://www.summitracing.com/parts/ICP-102010/
http://www.summitracing.com/parts/lng-78250
http://www.summitracing.com/parts/lng-78264

OR a different one
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I bought the 91000/91100 kit, and used them on two of my vehicles - my 65 Mustang and my '79 RV. They worked really well for me! Considering how difficult it is to find someone who is knowledgeable on aligning the front end of a '65 Mustang (I live in rural Arizona), it was money well spent. I found mine on eBay, and didn't pay that much for the FasTrax system.
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Old 12-10-2012, 08:31 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Wow, $150 for a specialized tool or $59 to pay somebody else to do it... guess which option I chose?
I makes great sense to do your own alignment.
A lot of us have larger wheels and tires and fancy A$$ suspensions.
The data that is in the alignment machines is the spec from the 60's shop manuals
which have nothing to do with wider wheel and tires and front end and rear end drops.
I've had the cars on the state of the art machines and to get the wheels where I want them the machine is always in the red zone.
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Old 12-10-2012, 08:36 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Wow, $150 for a specialized tool or $59 to pay somebody else to do it... guess which option I chose?
Yep.. I would choose the same thing, the $150 tool, that is a no brainer..
I'd rather do it myself then pay a kid that knows nothing about the machine but to push buttons.
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Not a tough one for me to answer.....spend the bucks for the specialized tools! I spent that and more for the Longacre alignment tools and they have paid for themselves AND will continue to.


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Old 12-10-2012, 08:46 PM   #6 (permalink)
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The magnetic caster/camber gauges are great, but if you can't get them seated on the hub because of your wheel style, or want to check rear camber you'll need the wheel attachment with the 3 or 4 pins (which DO leave marks on your wheels) or a similar adapter with non marking clamps. These adapters must be adjusted to compensate for runout each time you use them. The best toe gauges I ever used were optical projection types. I just quickly perused eBay... there were some decent buys in used gauges.
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I got longacre stuff, the digital gauge makes it simple and it can be used for other stuff like pinion angles too.
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I got longacre stuff, the digital gauge makes it simple and it can be used for other stuff like pinion angles too.
Same here. They have a "Dunlop Adapter" for use if the mag adapter won't fit your hub.

If you think your local alignment shop knows all about alignments, ask them if they can measure your bump steer.
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"..................The best toe gauges I ever used were optical projection types. I just quickly perused eBay... there were some decent buys in used gauges.
the best toe gauge I ever used was a piece of string. It was a decent buy too.


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I got longacre stuff, the digital gauge makes it simple and it can be used for other stuff like pinion angles too.
Me too. Very useful. I mount it to the quick set adapter as I have a few vehicles with different size wheels:

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Yep, the quickset adaptor seems to work well for me too.

Your tip on using floor tiles for turn plates works great as well, thanks again for that!
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What is the tip on the floor tiles for turn plates??
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2 vinyl floor tiles under each wheel, with a little grease between them, they move/turn with no binding, and they give you a straight edge to measure degrees off for checking the caster.
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AND they are a LOT cheaper than turn plates lol
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i've heard garbage bags do well too, but I really like the straight edge to mark on the floor.
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