|Here's an easy way to
adjust the toe-in on your solid front axle. The example below is
a view from the top of vehicle with the front towards the bottom.
Using a tape measure you simply need to measure the same reference
point at the front of the tires and at the rear of the tires. A
good place to measure is the inner sidewall. Make sure you are
measuring the same location at the front as at the rear and make sure
you are measuring at the axle tube height at both front and rear.
- At rear of front tires measure X.
- At front of front tires measure Y.
- Loosen the tierod clamps and then adjust the
tierod so that X - Y = approximately 1/4". A little more than 1/4"
is ok but you don't want much less than that. Shoot for 1/4".
- Tighten the tierod clamps.
- With the tires pointing straight ahead,
adjust the draglink so your steering wheel is straight and then
tighten the draglink clamps.
Keep in mind this is a backyard mechanic method,
not an exact measurement as you'll get at an alignment shop. It's a
great method if you constantly bashing your axles against the rocks
every other weekend and you want to get it approximate.
Another method for getting a reference point to
measure from is to bungee a straight object to the outer sidewall of
the tire. I've actually used two 4 foot florescent tubes and
lightly bungeed them (as not to break them) to my sidewalls.
Then I butt the tape measure up to the tube on the opposite side of
the vehicle and look straight down on the one I'm in front of to get
my measurements. The glass tube is pretty straight though very
breakable. But hey, it works and it was easier than butting up
against the inner sidewall.