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Ginger
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From: Berkeley, Ca. USA
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posted 02-14-2002 06:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ginger   Click Here to Email Ginger     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Are the alignment specs listed in the March 2002 issue of Mustang Monthly magazine allowing for the difference of radial tires? The old orig. specs from Ford that I have were based on using bias tires. I have manual steering, (and radials). I'm having a problem getting a shop to do a correct alignment, ie. no drifting. I don't think it's that difficult. My car is otherwise stock, all I want is standard settings (not racing).
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V8 Thumper
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From: Orange, Ca. United States of America
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posted 02-14-2002 08:22 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for V8 Thumper   Click Here to Email V8 Thumper     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Welcome to M&M! Random 'drifting' could be the resust of several things, alignment not necessarily being one of them. Tie rod ends, link ends, ball joints, bushings, they all wear over time. Your steering box may also have 30-some years of wear. How far can you move the steering wheel (right to left; vicea-versa) while the car is in the driveway?

If you've had it to a reputable alignment shop lately, I certainly hope they'd have alerted you of any possible wear/fatigue issues regarding steering/suspension parts, which makes me think that your front end is ok. The steering box... they might not catch that one unless they did a test drive.

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Ginger
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posted 02-14-2002 02:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ginger   Click Here to Email Ginger     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My suspension parts are all good, and tight. New ball joints. The mechanic had told me he adjusted the tie rod ends also. Previously the steering was tighter till someone else loosened it, so I believe it can be tighened back up a little with that screw adjuster on the box. When I went into the shop there was a drift to the left, when I left the shop the drift is to the right. I have to tug periodically to the left to keep from drifting to the right, so steering wheel doesn't seem centered, or needs to be tightened. (My car has less than 118,000 orig. miles.) The mechanic says the specs (whatever ones he has) won't work on my car. Doesn't sound right to me. Are the specs listed in the Mustang Monthly based on having Radial tires? If so, I will bring those in. Or try another shop.

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dubstar
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From: Long Beach, Ca 1966 A-Code Coupe
Registered: Feb 2002

posted 02-14-2002 04:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dubstar   Click Here to Email dubstar     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
i get that too. a hard pull to the right when im driving. i also get mustang monthly and plan on doing the alignment RIGHT now. I was planning on it before i read this post. I'll tell you what i discover. =)

happy valentines day to all the lovely mustangs out there, and to the drivers in a platonic way, unless your a hot chick.

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Bob Hopkins
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From: BRIDGEPORT NJ USA
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posted 02-14-2002 05:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Bob Hopkins   Click Here to Email Bob Hopkins     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I look in my 1968 service manuel and there says 2* neg caster that alone will make it wander ,neg caster is for large heavy Lincolns to make them easier to steer,have the man set it up with 2* pos caster will tend to self centerand handle abunch better,check one of the Shelby sites tosee what they set a Stang to handle.

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Ginger
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posted 02-14-2002 05:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ginger   Click Here to Email Ginger     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
According to the specs listed in the Mustang Monthly, the spec numbers are different from "66 than to years after that. I have shims, I don't think shims were used on later models.

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