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Rear toe adjustment

Postby Pratty » Wed Nov 25, 2015 8:26 pm

Hi guys,

Looking for some help on what to do about fixing my rear wheel alignment. I had it at Pedders a while back to get the alignment done and they told me that they were unable to adjust the toe on the rear wheels.


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With my knowledge of alignment being little more than what camber, castor or toe means I did some googling and could be;

- Trailing arms needs shimming, but I'd hope a suspension place could manage that

- Trailing arms are bent, can't see anything obvious

- Strut rods bent from previous alignments, again no obvious signs


I am at this point stuck fw) ..... should I buy new trailing arms, adjustable strut rods, go to another workshop for the alignment or is there some way I can check this myself?

Thanks in advance

*front alignment is off because the wheels no fit good and it's to stop rub on the guards... I'll change the wheels at some point.

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Re: Rear toe adjustment

Postby Bazzas77 » Wed Nov 25, 2015 10:33 pm

Don't panic, they cant do the rear because they cant be bothered to do it or the apprentice didn't know how

Take it to Avanti tyres ,there next to supercheap at the end of Read St. Jack loves C3s :-x ,tell them Barry sent you.

If jack cant get it done at least he will tell you why and what you need to do .

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Re: Rear toe adjustment

Postby Pratty » Wed Nov 25, 2015 11:01 pm

Cheers Bazza, I'll give them a shot.

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Re: Rear toe adjustment

Postby ozziedropbear » Thu Nov 26, 2015 7:48 am

My local pedders said the same.... you will need a shim kit as it's not something likely to be kept by a non specialist

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Re: Rear toe adjustment

Postby Bazzas77 » Thu Nov 26, 2015 9:05 am

ozziedropbear wrote:My local pedders said the same.... you will need a shim kit as it's not something likely to be kept by a non specialist


I have a heap of spare shims but i wont be home for 3 weeks , i dont think Avanti has any spare ones as well.Pratty might pay to ask them before he books it in

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Re: Rear toe adjustment

Postby Wabco40 » Thu Nov 26, 2015 5:14 pm

You should be able to swap the shims around between the inner and outer of the trailing arm to bring the toe in. So long as the shims and pivot bolt are not rusted and seized, which could possibly be the problem.

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Re: Rear toe adjustment

Postby ScottW » Fri Nov 27, 2015 7:55 am

Wabco40 wrote:You should be able to swap the shims around between the inner and outer of the trailing arm to bring the toe in. So long as the shims and pivot bolt are not rusted and seized, which could possibly be the problem.


I spent much time belting my shims out with a slide hammer. A replacement set in stainless is a good idea.

It looks like the rear is crabbing. I think the rear should have around 3mm of toe in. In total. A good alignment place should be able to sort it, just not pedders.

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Re: Rear toe adjustment

Postby RHD454 » Sun Nov 29, 2015 7:43 pm

Before you pay to get an alignment done, check that the yokes don't have excessive play in them. I have seen an alignment shop try to adjust toe using the adjustable strut rod (because my yokes were worn) to move my wheels in & out. Tried to tell them, but they knew better.

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