Last Call: Make sure your rear wheel alignment is good to go


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Lifting the front wheels on a car through the sheer power of the engine must be an amazing feeling. Carrying that nose lift all the way down a drag strip is amazing. You’d better make sure you know where you’re tracking, because there’s no course correction with a run like this.
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19 responses to “Last Call: Make sure your rear wheel alignment is good to go”

  1. Rover 1 Avatar
    Rover 1

    No-one round here gets four wheel alignments, with the rears aligned as well as the front. Except, it seems, me. I took the new (to me) Rover 400 in to get the alignment perfect after putting in the MG ZS steering rack, springs and Bilsteins, and I was the first person to have an all wheel alignment for two years. The last person to have it done was ALSO me when I got the BX done after loaning it to my mother the hoon and she hit a big pothole. The guy at the shop says people get the front alignment done, don’t worry about the rears and wear out their cheap Chinese tyres twice as fast when their lowered cars crab slightly away. I can’t afford that, I want my Pilot Sport 4 Michelins to last as long as possible. I often follow quite new cars too, that crab slightly in a straight line. I wonder how people can’t notice. My tyre guy says he’s not worried, he makes money selling tyres and fitting them. If people don’t want all their wheels aligned, he can’t force them. Has anyone else noticed this?

    1. Sjalabais Avatar

      Jupp, sounds familiar. It’s many years ago I last got wheels aligned, on a Volvo 240, and when I asked to include the rear wheels, the first shop said: “Nobody alignes rear wheels anymore”. Went to another shop and paid exactly the same amount, to the digits behind the colon, for a four wheel alignment that was also commented on as being an odd request.

    2. nanoop Avatar

      I hope so much that the BX had PS4s, too.

      1. Rover 1 Avatar
        Rover 1

        Too old for the 4s, it’s on Michelin Energy 185/14s.

    3. Preludacris Avatar

      That’s crazy talk to me. I’ve never heard of anyone getting just the front end aligned, except maybe on pickup trucks and work vans. Which, of course, are the only vehicles around here that I ever see crabbing down the road.

      1. Rover 1 Avatar
        Rover 1

        Seems to be worse on older Hondas too, (an old Honda with a Rover T series motor describes my Rover 400 which is partly why I insisted.)

  2. outback_ute Avatar

    “You’d better make sure you know where you’re tracking, because there’s no course correction with a run like this.”
    I bet he has fiddle brakes, ie can brake each wheel individually like on a tractor.

    1. Zentropy Avatar

      But how does he see to make corrections? Lexan floorboards???

      1. 0A5599 Avatar

        Yes. You can get a better look at the front in this video. See especially the part below the Ed Jones lettering at the front, and keep in mind that with the drivetrain out back, there isn’t a lot of hardware blocking the view.

    2. Jeff Glucker Avatar
      Jeff Glucker

      Good point

  3. Victor Avatar

    Big Dodge hauling a load of Dodges , the driver is Bill Dodge himself.

    1. outback_ute Avatar

      I hope he got the family discount!

  4. 1slowvw Avatar

    So a few years ago my wife and I moved to a mid size town from a small city. As one does in this situation I have rooted out a few local car guys
    Two of whom I met at the local church. They live about two miles up the road from me. They are brothers and drag racers.
    One runs a 69 Camaro that is a solid 10.50 car and he loves to run pro tree and has done so consistently for years. The second runs a Dart that inconsistently runs 10.5-11.0 passes without the wheels touching the ground for the first 60 ft.
    The funny part of all this is that the younger brother doesn’t understand to this day why the elder “just wants to go out and do wheelies.”
    I guess it’s a debate for the ages. Do you want to go out and rock and roll, possibly getting knocked out in round 1 ? Or bring a car that runs consistent , does paper slipper wheelies and gets to the finals with regularity?

    1. Preludacris Avatar

      I think I’d pick a wheelie over a win most days, if there isn’t significant prize cash at stake!

      1. 1slowvw Avatar

        I’m inclined to agree, if your going on a competition weekend and may only get 3-5 passes in a day between test and tune and racing why not make them count!

  5. Harry Callahan Avatar
    Harry Callahan

    Alignment is NOT generally adjustable on live axle rears. Gluck…just a humorous aside?

    1. Vairship Avatar

      Well it is…but only once, and usually not for the better…