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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-28-2011, 03:42 PM Thread Starter
 
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OK I have installed a new rack and pinion box. After getting it all bolted up, I measured the centerline of my tires in the front and in the back. I made the dimension even (the same) in the front and the rear. I did this to get the tires straight.

I then brought the toe in 1/8" on each side for a total of 1/4" toe in.

Now when I drive it I get a pull to the left. I am driving just on the street by my house.

How do I fix the pull to the left?
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first off take 1/8" of toe out of it. Does it pull to the left or is the steering wheel off?
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OK, so an 1/8" total toe, I will do that.

It pulls to the left. If I start off in a straight line down the road and I let go of the steering wheel the car drifts to the left.
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-28-2011, 09:04 PM
 
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First off, did you check and adjust the air pressure in all four tires to make sure they are all the same well at least the front two need to be the same and the rear two need to be the same. Also make sure when checking the toe that you roll the car back and forth a little bit and try just letting it roll to a stop. As you adjust each tie-rod it is always good to do this.

You can try adjusting one tie-rod in and the other tie-rod out to see if it makes a difference. Adjust each of them evenly.
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Chad is right on the toe, put it at 1/8 toe in or what we call (+) postive toe, also like Chad said If you have a pull it is most likely tire issue, toe in or toe out does not uaually cause a pull, sometimes when you are at 0 with no in or out it will cause it to wander, but usually the more toe in or out will actually cause it to track even more straight, as far as alignment the caster is the main part of your alignment that causes a pull or camber if you get enough negative camber on one side, but more times than not a pull is caused by a tire or tire pressure, I know all of this sounds like a bunch of crap but I have been doing wheel alignment for about 33 years, sometimes its hard to diagnose the the problem without putting your hands on it.

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Fuel and Big thanks for the replies. I did make sure both fronts had the same air pressure before I started. I didn't check the rears. I will in the AM and do it again.

When checking the toe measurments after adjustments I would turn the steering wheel back and forth and bounce the suspension slightly and then let the car settle a min before measuring again.

An 1/8" toe just seems like such a minor amount. but that is what I think i got it set at. I am using the center seem on the tire, at center hub level, I measure the front of the Tire and I have 57 1/4" and at the back of the tire I have 57 3/8".

Is there a better way to measure the distance?

As mentioned I will check the Tire pressure.

Is the caster on the Teryx adjustable?
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How to set toe.

Longacre Racing Online -- Tech Article "Set Toe Properly"

I've always preferred the plate method or another way on some cars is to string the car if the front and rear Trackwidth is even.

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Well, this could end up being a MR obvious skit on Saturday night live....

I checked the rear pressure and the rear left was 5lbs less than the right rear. Adjusted the rears to the same pressure. no more pull to the left. Problem solved.


Thanks for all the help.
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