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This is a discussion on do it yourself alignment.....help.... within the Suspension and Handling forums, part of the General Help category; so a few weeks ago, my caliper bolts broke on my wayt to work, the caliper came flying out and ...

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    do it yourself alignment.....help....

    so a few weeks ago, my caliper bolts broke on my wayt to work, the caliper came flying out and tore my tie rod end, caliper, caliper bracker and rim....i just put it all back together, but now my alignment is off on the right side, which is the side it broke on.....

    i replaced both side calipers, tie rod ends, upgraded to steel brake lines, bought all new 10.9 grade bolts (18 bucks a bolt), guide pins and rubber seals. thing is, tie rods are after market, but i thought that if i marked the inner tie rod end, and put the new ones in, it should be aligned, right?????wrong...the right side tire is pointing inward significantly, where the left one is pretty much straight as far as i can see.... i could see if both sides where off, then that would mean diff. specs on the tie rod.....

    anyways, how do i get the alignment close enought to straight, so i can drive it to the alignment shop 40-45 miles???????? i just got new tires, so id hate to mess em up.....

    any help is appreciated.....
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    Did you consider having it flat-bedded to the alignment shop? If you have towing coverage on your car insurance it would pay for most of the cost.

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    nah, i dont want to even let the insurance think something happened....the premiums are already sky high....and at 7.00/mile for a flatbed, ill just try to figure somthing out....i think i found a way


    http://www.extremehowto.com/xh/arti...rticle_id=60130

    http://www.familycar.com/Alignment.htm

    thanks though

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    I just adjusted the tie-rods to get it close to striaght and 'limped' it to an alignment shop.

    I do know some racers that do it at home but they have speciaty tools for the caster and camber setup.

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    well, the caster and camber were unaffected with what you did. so, eyeballing the toe should be good, until you get there.

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