[DML] Re: Source for proper wheel alignment specs?
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[DML] Re: Source for proper wheel alignment specs?

As a practical matter there really isn't all that much to an alignment
on a Delorean. Besides making sure most of the points of alignment are
within "spec" you can only really adjust the front and rear toe, and
the steering wheel centering. Before an alignment make sure the tires
are balanced and have the correct air pressures, remove everything
loose from the car and the trunk, you *could* add 150 # of sandbags on
the driver's seat, and you should plan on replacing the Trailing Arm
Bolts (unless they were recently already done). I would inspect the
front suspension for any loose or worn parts, torn seals, and
lubricate the joints with a needle.
If the old tires wore evenly there is no great need to do an alignment
except for your piece-of-mind. I would still do the visual inspection.
Once you put the new tires on, the car should go straight, not pull to
either side, the steering wheel should be centered and not shake, and
when accelerating or braking the car should want to stay stable and
straight. There should be NO play or looseness in the steering. In
short, the car should not give you any surprises.
David Teitelbaum
vin 10757

--- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, "Dan" <djdanwilson@...> wrote:
> I'm getting ready to put a new set of tires on my DeLorean and I'd
> like to follow that up with a four wheel alignment so I can get as
> much life out of the new tires as possible. What is the best source
> for all of the specs I need for the alignment shop to do the job? I
> saw the service bulletins in the Technical Info section of
> dmcnews.com. Should I use those, or the bulletin with the most recent
> date? Will they have all of the info the tech will need to do the job?
> Is there a better source? Also, is there anything not mentioned in any
> factory technical source that 25 years of community wisdom has brought
> to light concerning suspension alignments that I should pass along to
> the shop/tech doing the job?
> BTW, my suspension, ride height and wheels are stock, 20K miles.
> Currently the car seems to track straight. If I do not see any unusual
> wear patterns on the old tires should I pass on attempting the
> alignment? Thanks in advance.
> Dan W.
> VIN 16192
> Tempe, AZ

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