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06-19-2013 05:19 PM
sailor You can check/adjust alignment with nothing more than some fishing line & a mechanic's ruler (measures in 32's of an inch).

Tie the line to a couple jack stands (or equivalent), at hub center height.

Now, get it parallel to the car by setting the front 2" out from the wheel center cap & the rear 2 5/32 out (rear is 5/32 narrower per side). The only important measurement here is that 5/32, even inches for the other part just makes things easier. I set the slider on my rule to that second setting, makes it easier.

Then measure to the front & back edge of the wheels, and write it down. This will tell you which way they're pointing after you do BOTH sides.

I was lucky with my SVT wheels,on the '04 ones the center cap is level with the flats at the edge, so measuring the front is all that I needed to do at each wheel. (it's really all that's needed with any, but I thought with all the measurements you could see it easier the first time)

now when comparing numbers, rear should be "in" a couple 32's vs. the center, front should be "0".

If it's typical, steering won't be quite straight, so you'll likely be "in" a little on one side & "out" on the other the same amount

With your tire wear, it wouldn't be surprising to see the front with both sides pointing out a bit - and your problem would then be obvious.

Takes less time to do it than to explain....

06-19-2013 04:55 PM
Craigers I replaced the left front control arm with a new ball joint that I got from the PO. Everything else seems fine, no excess movement. I'm guessing it really needs springs and struts/shocks. I'll get them ordered up in the next month or so and then get an alignment.
06-19-2013 04:50 PM
sailor Read it all, most severe tire wear is from poor alignment &/or worn suspension joints.

Checking ball joints & tie rod ends in front, looking at bushings & checking for play in the rear, then checking alignment would be the first step IMHO.

06-19-2013 04:37 PM
sailor New Thread would have been nice, 4 pages is a lot to read just to look at what the problem might be....
06-19-2013 04:15 PM
Craigers Sorry to bump a dead thread, but I bought this car from the OP last year in October. The car still has the same suspension and same problems, plus it's eating tires (inside wore down on the fronts in about 6500 miles).

I guess the thing to do is at least install new springs, if not just go completely stock. The car will be mostly DDed, but I will take it to an auto-x occasionally.

Edit: After looking at this post, and measuring my center to fender, it's sagging pretty bad in the front. My measurements are:

LF 12 15/16"
RF 13 1/4"
LR 13 3/4"
RR 14"

Guess I really need to replace these worn out springs.
10-04-2012 03:32 AM
madb_ru Hi 2 all from Moscow. Owning ST170 for 2 months, and have some questions about coilovers) now it has KYB UltraSR shocs + Eibah springs. I need to have some opportunity of adjusting height of a vehicle from stock (or Rus Spec FF1 = +1,5") to height of present Eibah spring height.
Does anybody know some coil kit for this terms?

photo of present setup:

09-28-2012 04:22 PM

Does anyone know if this Energy Suspension 4-18119G kit is a direct fit for the svt's. I have a rear rattle and that rear bushing is worn out.
09-12-2012 11:05 PM
elsolo If the car isn't level, the reason can be a bent swaybar or mismatched end links forcing it to lean.

It just eliminates the whole swaybar setup from the possible causes list during troubleshooting.
09-12-2012 09:27 PM
RazorbackMustang I could do that. But what will that tell me?
09-12-2012 09:04 PM
elsolo Those rear springs are SVT springs, for sure.
Don't know about the front springs.

If one side (fender) is higher than the other, try disconnecting one end of one swaybar endlink and see if it settles out even. Reconnect it after the test.
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