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Old 13-11-2011   #1
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I've been putting this job off for a while, largely because I've had many other things to do. When I stripped my 500F I measured everything I noticed at the time that the two track rods were of different lengths, so the toe-in can't have been correct. Now that I've reassembled the car, I need to get it safety checked for registration and one of the things I'll do prior to that is drive it to a steering place to have the toe-in setup professionally. As it is some distance to the nearest steering/suspension business, I would like to roughly set the toe-in before leaving.
Do any of you kind gents have the lengths of your track rods from centre of tie rod end to centre of tie rod end (see photo)? It would be a great help as the only gear I have to check the steering geometry is a tape measure.
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Re: Setting toe-in

And to add to Chris' request, I need the same detail as I am in the same predicament. (Plus I have reached a point where my outer rod lengths are as short as I think I can go and I still think I have to make them shorter...........)

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Re: Setting toe-in

Looks like we tough this one out by ourselves

It's not a big issue, but I would like to get the geometry close to right before I drive 10km to the nearest alignment shop.

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Hope it's not too late for you guys. I had to let the sun come out you know! I drive a left hand drive '69 500L. I measured center to center and I got 36.2cm on both rods. Hope this helps get you to the shop safely!

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Molto grazie - siete un erudito e un signore

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Looks like we tough this one out by ourselves
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Actually Chris, I think maybe nobody can believe you are asking a technical question that you can't answer comprehensively yourself!
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Re: Setting toe-in

I'm neither omniscient nor omnipotent - just an Australian and as a Yank mate of mine would say 'You can always tell an Aussie, you just can't tell him very much'

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Crikey..... that sent me scrambling for the dictionary!
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Crikey..... that sent me scrambling for the dictionary!
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You should hear me after a few drinks when English becomes my second language
yep im in aus and no one knows the alignment specs for my 500f-iv done a quick adjustment but dont want to drive it to far as iv just finished a home grown resto
everything was done in my garage by myself the onlything i havent touched is the steering box-thats tomorrows job-take out the play via adjustment .cheers choppa
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