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post #1 of 9 Old 01-16-2014, 01:11 PM Thread Starter
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How much toe-in?

Gotta replace a tie rod end on my red truck... but money is tight and can I simply cannot get it aligned right now. I have the tie tod end already.
So... as the title says... how much toe-in should my 4x4 F250 w/35's have for best tire wear? I plan to spin the tire and mark a line on the tread of both front tires and adjust going by that. Just need to know the magic number.

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I just match the threads when i do it. Count how many you have on it before you unscrew it. Then replace. Good luck


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I could do that... that is what I do when just trying to get it close before taking it to an alignment shop. I would like to know some hard fact numbers... and make it as perfect as I can. I do not want to chew up my tires as they are near full tread yet.

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I run .5-1.5 degrees in....but on my jeep with 35's I ran 0-.5 but it was a wheeler no not much road...

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Will .5 to 1.5 yield the best tire wear? What would that equate to in inches at the tread?

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If you are measuring tow oin with a tape measure then two things you need to know make sure on both front tires you make sure you checkk the front and the rear of the tire in exactly the same place and also the same height off the ground,
Say you measure in the center of the tread and around 8 inches off the ground on both front tires in the front of the tire, you need to be in the same spots on the rear of the front tire with the tape measure as level as possible
I like to run at leats a 1/16 of an inch toe in (as close to zero as possible)
Example--- if the tires measures 65 and 5/8" in the front of the tire then the rear of the tire should measure about the same give or take and 1/8" max.
a little toe out or toe in does not hurt at all
I have always run my toe as straight up as possible aka 0 degrees
also make sure there is no sag in your tape measure
I very rarely go to an alignment shop unless i need castor or camber adjusted due to replacing ball joints or other suspension components
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I will be using light jack stands set to 17" or so, with a tape measure attached to a thin wall pipe to eliminate sag.

How well does the wire wear at 0? Does a little toe in help it wear better or worse?

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Hi,
Ford manual ford F250-350 4wd toe out .03 degrees.
Hope this helps.
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Hi,
Me again.
In the old days we ran a string along the axil line to make shure the front wheels where alligned with each rear wheel.
we would tie the steering wheel to the vent window at its center of rotation as the wheel alignment is made for each front wheel.
Then adjust each wheel to the proper angle.
This should eleimnate any dog walking old term.
Each wheel needs to me alligned relative to a straight line relative to the drive wheels.
Today they use lasers instead of string. Hope this helps you out, it is realy easy.

Good luck
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