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Old 07-23-2007, 07:13 PM   #41
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So how do you do your custom alignment?
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Old 07-23-2007, 07:23 PM   #42
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So how do you do your custom alignment?
In my case, I made friends with a guy I autocross with who runs a shop around me. That's the easiest way.
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Old 07-23-2007, 10:40 PM   #43
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i actually have the non adjustable kyb gr-2's, and now I currently have fine tuned the alignment after zeroing out everything to front, camber is -1.47, caster .1, toe out 1/8th, rear is camber -0.43 caster 0 toe in 1/16th......since the settings are close to stock the car handles like its fresh out of the factory, lots of understeer, however when i get onsite, i adjust camber to about -2.25 front and -1 rear and the car holds up great in the corners.

basically if you have the tools, knowledge, and a good area to set up a skid pad its just a matter of time. I like to start completely nuetral. Then adjust one thing at a time until i feel I got it where I want it. It took me about 40 laps around the circle to get close and then about a yrs worth of AutoX to tune in tire pressures. Its still not perfect, but it fits my driving style.
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Old 07-23-2007, 11:46 PM   #44
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interesting. I gotta make friends with an alignment guy like SVT Robzor. First I gotta find the itme to go to the track... There's an SCCA event this weekend in the Bay Area...
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All that it comes down to is running every event you can, have a few experienced guys that drive similar cars to yours drive a few times to get their opinions and become best buds with a guy who owns a shop, oh and by him a case. Some people are good enough to do it in their own driveway using string, I tried and wasn't good enough at it
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Old 07-24-2007, 11:42 AM   #46
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I used to adjust the camber in my 5.0 mustang with an angle finder and a metal straight edge, moving the top shock mount as far in as I could. I guess I wasn't too scientific about it, but the car didn't pull too badly even though I got it to corner a lot better.

I'm pretty sure the same trick will work for the front of the Focus. Worst thing that happens is I have to get an allignment.

Not sure that I can make it to the auto x this weekend... severe budget constraints this month. The good thing is that they run nearly all year round, I love California!
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man philly region sucks in the winter, but hey we have a summer series from April thru november, and then a winter series (snow tires) from late Jan thru March, typically 3 or 4 snow events. cool but difficult stuff
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This last race I ran 43 PSI in the front and 37.5 PSI in the rears. It seemed to rotate the way I wanted it. It rained during the event and there was bits of gravel on the course, so that kinda wrecked it. I'll keep trying and keep you guys posted.
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