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      08-28-2013, 07:53 PM   #1
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Alignment question

My steering wheel was slightly off centered to the right so i took it in for alignment. I got zero toe in the front and the alignment done.

Now my steering is slightly off centered to the left. Could tire wear have something to do with the position of the steering when driving.

As in steering wheel was centered during alignment. But on the road, becomes off centered because of tire wear. I ask because this is the same exact thing that happened as with my gfs car. Got it aligned but steering wheel is slightly left.


Both cars have seen the same track and autox layout is why i ask. Or are they putting in a 300 pounder into the car when aligning? Might have to make some adjustments myself over the weekend.
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If I understand correctly, zero toe is not a good thing. It makes the car wonder. I believe you should have slight toe in per factory settings, or slight toe out for more aggressive handling. Either should help the car stay straight. Just has to be equal amount of toe on both sides.
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My thinking was that zero toe is in between toe in and toe out. Is that not correct? I may just do it manually at my cousins place next weekend.
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My thinking was that zero toe is in between toe in and toe out. Is that not correct? I may just do it manually at my cousins place next weekend.
That's correct. But it's not a good place to be. That actually prevents car from resisting wonder due to surface imperfections and various other dynamic factors.
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My thinking was that zero toe is in between toe in and toe out. Is that not correct? I may just do it manually at my cousins place next weekend.
That's correct. But it's not a good place to be. That actually prevents car from resisting wonder due to surface imperfections and various other dynamic factors.
Ahh i see. Maybe i will toe out a little. I was in the alignment thread and lot of people seem to running zero toe.

Will put a little in/out for some resistance. I keep both hands on steering at all times - i must look like a dork on the street lol.
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Btw, a quote from another thread for your consideration:

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toe out in front is best for track (turn in is awesome). toe in on street is ideal (makes the car less twitchy and makes tire wear much better). A lot of folks split the difference and run zero to compromise. It works well.

Bimmerworld recommended zero, as did my local race shop, and it works well.
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Btw, a quote from another thread for your consideration:
In the end, it is a preference thing. Anyone tracking a E9X M3 much can afford a couple of alignments. Try zero and try slight in and pick
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