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Baseline home alignment on a 95 f-350 4x4?

I am trying to get one together in my shop before taking it the 45 mile trip to the alignment shop. Measuring the front of the tires and the rear of the tires on the front axle what should the difference be?
Do I need like 3/8" of toe in or more/less??

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You want some positive toe for sure ,don't know the specs . My last truck F350cclb 2wd ,I set it by eye after ball joint replacement and hit the road with tie rod adjusters semi loose . I made a few stops and adjustments with a pair of channel locks . What to look for is steering wheel center and hands free steering ,A little spray paint on tread will help with that eyeball .

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1/8" toe max.
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Once you set the toe at home, why would you pay an alignment shop? You've already done it. There is no other adjustment on a D60.

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1/8" toe max.
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Once you set the toe at home, why would you pay an alignment shop? You've already done it. There is no other adjustment on a D60.
I do 1/4", but these 2 really have it summed up

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Once you set the toe at home, why would you pay an alignment shop? You've already done it. There is no other adjustment on a D60.
Until you change camber/caster bushings.

I aligned mine at home yesterday. Created a level spot on the garage floor and used a digital level to figure out caster and camber and make an adjustement on one side. I set toe to 1/16 with a tape measure.

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Until you change camber/caster bushings.

I aligned mine at home yesterday. Created a level spot on the garage floor and used a digital level to figure out caster and camber and make an adjustement on one side. I set toe to 1/16 with a tape measure.
He has an F350. It has a Dana 60. It doesn't have camber bushings. There is no camber or caster adjustment on a Dana 60. The only adjustment is the toe.

You have an F250. It has a Dana 50. It does have camber bushings.

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Doesn't matter what D60 BJ-KP or TTB all can get eccentrics to adjust castor or camber.

Also even though you can set toe at home its almost impossible to know if its correct as you can have the corect toe in but have 1 wheel out example... a 1/16" and the other in 3/16" and have 1/8" toe..computer alinement making sure both are equal in is best.

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You're correct, you can get eccentrics for the ball joints or king pins, but the original poster didn't mention that he had those. Neither of them have camber/caster bushings as mentioned by one poster.

And as for computer alignment on a D60 being best? That is an opinion, not a fact. The alignment is only as good as the person performing it, whether he is using an alignment rack or a tape measure.

I was at an alignment shop this past summer. They were going to check my alignment on the alignment rack after installing 6 new tires. This jackass totally messed up my alignment. While my attention was somewhere else, he proceeded to attempt to set the truck's toe by adjusting the drag link, and this with the steering wheel locked on top of that! He was cranking on it with a pipe wrench and a cheater bar.

I made him stop and got the owner. The owner and I set the toe with a tape measure.

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