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Jack up one front wheel, rotate tire while spray painting a stripe all the way around the tire, drive a sharp pionted nail through a board, rotate the tire while holding the point of the nail against the painted section of the tire with the board on the floor for stability. Be sure the line all the way around the tire is straight, meaning hold the board steady. Do the other tire the same way. Drop both wheels to the floor.

You now have two perfectly straight lines all the way around each front tire. With the help of someone, or some good tape to hold the ruler to the tire, check the distance between the marks in front and behind each tire. I like 1/32 to 1/16 toe in at most. Done right, and if the king pins and wheel bearings are tight, you will be as close as any computer alignment machine doing this.
 

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good alignment tip for shade tree toe measurement

Stranger posted this alignment info in the other forum

Jack up one front wheel, rotate tire while spray painting a stripe all the way around the tire, drive a sharp pionted nail through a board, rotate the tire while holding the point of the nail against the painted section of the tire with the board on the floor for stability. Be sure the line all the way around the tire is straight, meaning hold the board steady. Do the other tire the same way. Drop both wheels to the floor.

You now have two perfectly straight lines all the way around each front tire. With the help of someone, or some good tape to hold the ruler to the tire, check the distance between the marks in front and behind each tire. I like 1/32 to 1/16 toe in at most. Done right, and if the king pins and wheel bearings are tight, you will be as close as any computer alignment machine doing this.
 

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