[200q20v] Re: DIY Alignment

Bernie Benz b.m.benz at prodigy.net
Wed Dec 19 13:39:06 EST 2001

> From: "Hemberger, Chris" <CHemberger at stanadyne.com>
> Date: Wed, 19 Dec 2001 11:28:48 -0500
> To: "'b.m.benz at prodigy.net'" <b.m.benz at prodigy.net>
> Subject: DIY Alignment
> Hello Bernie,
> I am writing for some clarification/advice on your DIY alignment procedure.
> In particular, I am not clear on the placement of the plumb bobs.  Your
> procedure reads:  ....drop & mark plumb bob points on the floor as follows:
> Immediately in front of the front wheels, and immediately behind the rear
> wheels.  Also, - here's the section I don't quite understand - FROM BOTH
You have rightly pointed out that I have combined front and rear wheel toe
adjustment descriptions in my write up, but in practice I would to one at a
time.  Finish the front, and then procede to the rear.  Sorry for this

Considering front wheel toe:
The straight edge, held against and touching the tire sidewall in two
places, defines a line perpendicular to the axis of the axle at axle height.
The plumb bob is used to drop this line to the floor, for cross measurement
purposes, at two points on each side, one just ahead of the front wheel and
one at the center of the car beside the B post.  The total toe is determined
as I have described using the difference between these two cross

Simultaneously, the toe setting is centered on the chassis by equalizing the
distances between these straight edge axle height lines and like points on
either side of the chassis, at the B posts.

Hope that this reduces the confusion.  Good luck.


> What exactly are you describing?  A point coinciding with the 'B' post along
> an axis btwn the wheels?  Are you using the straight edge to define this
> axis and then measuring its lateral location relative to the plumb bob pt of
> the welded joint?  Or am I completely confused?  I have not tried any of
> this yet & could most likely figure it out but any input would be greatly
> appreciated - Thanks.
> Chris Hemberger
> Amston, CT
> 860-228-2349
> 91 200TQ Avant

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