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Old 03-07-2012, 11:42 AM   #1
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Alignment specs

I've been out of town for a while. During that time several people asked for alignment specs I, with the help of several other members, developed after lots of trial and error. Here's a link to a thread with those recommended specs. They were stickied at one time but disappeared (with lots of other good info). Some info was restored but not the alignment sticky. Hope this helps those looking for alignment info.

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Old 03-11-2012, 01:44 PM   #2
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I've been out of town for a while. During that time several people asked for alignment specs I, with the help of several other members, developed after lots of trial and error. Here's a link to a thread with those recommended specs. They were stickied at one time but disappeared (with lots of other good info). Some info was restored but not the alignment sticky. Hope this helps those looking for alignment info.

http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/s...specifications
Two quick questions:
What are the specs in degrees? Especially if one were to take the car to a shop, they do them in degrees.

Does a lowered car require different specs than the ones described?
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Old 03-11-2012, 05:12 PM   #3
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The specs were initially developed for lowered cars but have proven to work on non-lowered ones as well. I do not have the specs in degrees. There's several variables that prevent accurate math conversions. Most racks are capable of measuring in degrees or inches. The limitation seems to be whether the alignment tech is capable of reprogramming it.
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Old 03-12-2012, 12:41 AM   #4
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I've found that the toe setting on the rear at about .04* is working out great. I've had it set like that since day one, and no inner wear at all. Also, my rear camber is at -0.9* on both sides. I installed my camber bolts on the rear, checked the alignment, and both were dead on at -0.9*, so I didn't even bother adjusting them. Just set the toe and let it go, for almost 15k miles, no inner wear on the stock KH16's. I have a set of Continental DW tires right now, so we'll see how these wear. Should be just fine.

Edit: And now that the thread has been linked to in a thread about alignment specs, started by the same person who started the original thread, there should be no reason why the original thread, or a thread displaying the necessary information, isn't stickied. Unless of course, the moderator does not care about relaying pertinent information regarding the suspension of these vehicles in the suspension section of this forum.
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Old 03-15-2012, 11:54 AM   #5
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Bump. For sticky.

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Does anyone have any recommended specs for the 2010 or will the specs mention work on it too. I have to take mine back in tomorrow because even after i had my shop do the alignment my car still pulls slightly to the left.
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Those specs will work for your 2010 as well

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Old 12-16-2012, 09:15 PM   #8
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I had rear adjustable arms installed and alignment done. 2011 focus s. Figures in degrees. Still on original tires that need replaced. After a rain today, I checked the rear and looks like there still indication of excessive contact on the inside edges. Will post as I monitor this.

Shop used 2008 modified specification.
Front camber, -1.3 to 0.3; Front Toe -0.10 to 0.10
Rear camber, -1.9 to -1.5; Rear Toe 0.08 to 0.12

LF Camber before -0.5, actual -0.4
LF Toe before -0.08, actual -0.0
RF Camber before -0.8, actual -0.9
RF Toe before -0.10, actual 0.01

LR Camber -1.7 LR Toe before -0.04, actual 0.11
RR Camber -1.7 RR Toe before -0.09, actual 0.10
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Your rear camber may still be a little high. On latter foci, Ford reduced the allowable rear camber range as well. I'd really try to get it down to between -1.0 and -1.5 degrees. Toe settings look good.

I'm assuming you were looking at a wet tire print to arrive at your conclusion. Using this method you'd only get the optimal tire print (appearance wise) if the camber is set at zero......which would be lousy for handling/steering purposes.
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How low is your car? What suspension kit are you using?
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