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This is a discussion on 02 SS Dogtracking within the Drivetrain forums, part of the LSx Technical Help Section category; I got my 02 aligned today and they told me the rear is dogtracking, but the car was never hit. ...

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    I got my 02 aligned today and they told me the rear is dogtracking, but the car was never hit. Did carfax and came up clean. Could this be a factory defect? Maybe something bent? Cant put a uni-body on a frame straightener. The guy say the total toe in the rear is 0 so the tires won't wear, but I don't want it running down the highway sideways. Has anyone else experienced this?

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    Only way that is possible is if it was hit. They give you a printout of the final alignment? There is a spec for thrust angle that could be off if it was hit, adjustable lower control arms could fix that depending on the extent of the damage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 02 CamaroSS View Post
    Cant put a uni-body on a frame straightener.
    yes you can. Show us the alignment printout if you can. Another option is to take it to a body shop, tell them the problem and ask them to put it on the frame rack and measure it. They can determine how straight the body is.

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    My friend's father owns a very well known body shop and he said u cant pull a sub frame car. If u think about it, if u try to pull a uni-body u will pull it apart where they come together.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 02 CamaroSS View Post
    My friend's father owns a very well known body shop and he said u cant pull a sub frame car. If u think about it, if u try to pull a uni-body u will pull it apart where they come together.
    What you posted again w/o the specs?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 02 CamaroSS View Post
    My friend's father owns a very well known body shop and he said u cant pull a sub frame car. If u think about it, if u try to pull a uni-body u will pull it apart where they come together.
    So how do you think they straighten them out when they get wrecked?

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    Here r the specs from the alignment .




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    Quote Originally Posted by 67CamaroRSSS View Post
    So how do you think they straighten them out when they get wrecked?
    Exactly

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    Ok hold on here, let me turn my laptop upside down so I can read those pics......

    I'd say no its not really dogtracking. The numbers show that the rear axle isn't exactly centered side to side in the body but you can check most F-bodies and find the same thing. Mine is off by about a 1/2 inch. The rear is also pointed off to the left side more then it should be.
    You can fix that (the rear toe/trust angle) with adjustable lower control arms. You can also fix the side to side centering if you want with an adjustable panhard bar.

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    Thanks. That marks me feel A LOT better.

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    yea mine isn't perfectly centered either and I have an adjustable pan-hard bar as well.

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    My head doesn't turn that far

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    Quote Originally Posted by c5z28 View Post
    Only way that is possible is if it was hit.
    I respectfully disagree, years ago I had the rear leaf springs beefed up at a spring shop on a 1976 Camaro, and they never centered the rear axle, that is it was "cocked" slightly, it turned out that the rear axle was off by 13 degrees, and the alignment shop could not properly align the vehicle.

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    Looks like I'm purchasing adjustable lca's and panhard bar.

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