Originally Posted by qbert442
Nobody can do their own alignment. You need a machine worth around 20 000$ to do that.
It may not be as accurate (but accurancy depends on who does it too). But you can get pretty good results by yourself.
Toe-in is easiest (and should be done last)
You need level ground, and a caster/camber gauge you put on the wheel. (something like this http://www.racerpartswholesale.com/long17.htm
look around you can probably get it cheap somewhere)
Plates aren't really necessary, but probably help with tire scrub.