What alignment settings are you using?

Discussion in 'Fiesta ST Autocross' started by AlanBDahl, May 5, 2014.

  1. raamaudio

    raamaudio Active Member

    You can run more negative camber on the street without undo inside wear if everything is setup just right or better yet, always corner hard and even out the wear:)
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  3. Mr UFO

    Mr UFO Active Member

    ...and rotate the tires frequently.
  4. raamaudio

    raamaudio Active Member

    Which should be done fairly regularly anyway:)
  5. Max Archer

    Max Archer Member

    Zero toe, otherwise factory. For now anyway. My shop has a really nice alignment setup so I can try other stuff whenever I want.

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  6. Smokin

    Smokin Active Member

    Toe out 0.2 degrees total is always my preference.

    And my race shop could get -1.3 degrees right side camber but only -1.0 left side camber with my body weight in the seat.
    BTW -1.3 was what Ford designed for front camber.
  7. WScottCross

    WScottCross Well-Known Member

    I got -1.8 camber on both sides with the BC coilovers and the 225/46R16 Direzza ZII's mounted on 16x7.5 +42 offset rims. The tires/wheels were the limiting factor for my setup.
  8. aborbs87

    aborbs87 Active Member

    I know this is slightly off topic but, when do you guys normally go in for an alignment? I'm thinking I need one...

    I have just under 5,000 miles. I swear my steering wheel is slightly off center, and doesn't seem to have the same feel.

    I live in Michigan and this winter was brutal with potholes also. Should I take it in for an alignment?
  9. WScottCross

    WScottCross Well-Known Member

    If it feels bad, I would definitely get it checked.
  10. TRev

    TRev Member

    My car was pulling to the left significantly from day one and the steering wheel was definitely off center going straight. I didn't bother taking it to the dealer as I had planned to get it aligned for autocross. I forgot to tell the guy at Goodyear and he came out and asked me if I knew that my wheel was way off straight. I laughed and said yeah please fix it. Turns out the car was toed out .08in left and toed in .24in on the right.

    If anyone does alignments often like me, Goodyear has a 3 year plan that allows for up to six alignments during that time. Even better, you can transfer it once. I was 1.5 years in on the BRZ and had a few alignments left. They transferred it to my FiST and aligned it for free and still have a few left. I am sure costs vary but here it was $150 which comes out to $25 an alignment.
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  11. Mightymango

    Mightymango Active Member

    So what settings did you go with Trevor?
  12. TRev

    TRev Member

    I was able to get 1.3 negative left and 1.2 negative right up front. Rear (non adjustable) is .5 negative left and .9 right IIRC. Rear (non adjustable) is toed in .06 left and .09 in right. I'm going to keep the front toe settings under my hat at this time.
  13. Mightymango

    Mightymango Active Member

    Fair enough. Thank you for the info you gave though :)
  14. Cligedy

    Cligedy Active Member

    Do you think that adjusting the front toe made a difference? I have a set of toe plates but I haven't touched them. Would it be worth playing around other settings?

    Maybe a better question for me would be does it make the car better overall or does it fall more into the realm of personal preference. I'm much better at just driving whatever I've got than figuring out setup.
  15. TRev

    TRev Member

    On the street I can definitely tell you it made a difference as I can have the steering wheel pointed straight and the car is driving straight. I can also take my hands off now and not play chicken with oncoming traffic hahahaaa. I can't say with regard to competition as I only had the car on ice prior to getting the alignment (it had some really nice lift over steer) and my first event will be the Pro this weekend (hopefully if the ice and snow have melted) .

    If the alignment is way off, I would say fixing it can make a car better overall. Once it is in the relative vicinity of normal, it really comes down to driver fit. I am the same way in that I am good at driving whatever...if you get it right for your driving style though you will be faster from my experience. For example someone who is has smooth inputs can probably get away with more toe out and it will likely benefit them where for someone who has more abrupt inputs it could slow them down.
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