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I want to get a decent set of wheel alignment tools (budget minded of course). I have looked at alot of the ones available. But before I pull the trigger. I'd like to know what others are using. I do like a system with a laser beam at part of the kit. That is what I typically use to align the rear wheels to make sure they are parallel to centerline of the car as a start.

So share with me what you use and why you like it.
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I want to get a decent set of wheel alignment tools (budget minded of course). I have looked at alot of the ones available. But before I pull the trigger. I'd like to know what others are using. I do like a system with a laser beam at part of the kit. That is what I typically use to align the rear wheels to make sure they are parallel to centerline of the car as a start.

So share with me what you use and why you like it.
Thanks
Roger
Here are the tools I use. Most expensive part is the camber / caster gauge.

Laser level magnetic mount to a toe bar to measure thrust / total toe.
4 spacer levels to set the measuring bar to a constant distance from the wheel axle.
camber caster gauge.




But look at this in 2 parts.

1. Measurements
2. Making adjustments to the car.

So part 1 needs to be fast and produce reliable measurements so "strings" is out of the picture very quickly.

Part 2 is the most difficult part. To gain access to the access points works best using a alignment rack. So this for DIY is out.
next best would be hub stands, but $1000+ so cost is a concern.



This is what it looks like measuring toe. I can measure with-in 0.0104 total toe degrees ~ 1/256" total toe ( note your suspension has more play than what I can measure) so I never get 100% the same reading. Its just not possible.


This is what it looks like measuring thrust front or rear. (don't use the center line of the body , but the center line of the axle)


Read this if you are interested in hub stands. This gives you an idea where this helps with part 2 (making the adjustments)

https://www.corvetteforum.com/forums...by-froggy.html

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Originally Posted by rabrooks View Post
I want to get a decent set of wheel alignment tools (budget minded of course). I have looked at alot of the ones available. But before I pull the trigger. I'd like to know what others are using. I do like a system with a laser beam at part of the kit. That is what I typically use to align the rear wheels to make sure they are parallel to centerline of the car as a start.

So share with me what you use and why you like it.
Thanks
Roger
https://www.smartracingproducts.com/

SmartStrings and SmartCamber, will pay for itself in a few years.
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We're currently revamping our Laser System to work more similar to a string style setup as most racers are familiar with this process as well as improving overall accuracy and ease of use. We pride ourselves on making some of the finest alignment tools available. We'd be happy to help! We do currently have a couple left over sets of the Original Precision Hub Stands minus Hub Mount Plates that we could use to put together a kit with our Mk II plates at a lower cost than our Mk II set. We'll be advertising those here pretty quickly. Shoot me a PM if you have any questions!

Here's a picture of our Mk II Stands with a set of strings



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