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Old 06-22-2002, 07:41 PM   #1
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Default autox alignment vs track alignment

I've seen many autox alignment reccomendations w/ front camber in the neighborhood of -1.5 and the rear near 0 to help promote oversteer. I'm thinking this may not be too great a setup for the track. I've also seen several autox alignments w/ toe out settings (some front, some rear, some both)- what effect would toe out have at track speeds?

I'd like to find a alignment that is autox friendly, but will perform well at speed, conceding this is a compromise.

My current specs are: front camber -1.5, rear -1.2 toe 0 front/rear.


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Old 06-22-2002, 10:19 PM   #2
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You're running much the same as I ran for the past year or so for combined open track and auto-x work. Yeah, it may not have been optimum for auto-xing, but I still kicked everyone's ass so it didn't really matter. And I just felt safer on track with 0 toe all around.

Toe out in the rear helps rotate the car for auto-xing, but I found on the track that having toe out in the rear makes the car want to step sideways under heavy braking. It felt purty cool to have to dial in a little bit of steering at the end of the straights, but probably not the smartest way to set the car up.

Toe out up front will help turn in, but again will tend to make the car feel darty during high speed braking. I think as you compress the front suspension under braking you add toe out anyway (someone correct me if I'm wrong). So, starting with some static toe out up front will just make that effect worse.

I guess my input is to stay with what ya got - looks pretty good to me.

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Old 06-23-2002, 07:27 PM   #3
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Thanks Pat. I definitely can't complain w/ this alignment- it is effective in autox and at speed, no problems w/ tire wear either. There's probably more advantageous autox alignments (track as well) but this seems to be a good compromise between the two.

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