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I just installed new shocks, and am wondering how I should get my car aligned. I saw in another post he requested certain degrees and such.

What should I tell them to align it too? Also, can it be properly aligned if I don't have camber plates? I know very little about alignment.
 

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Front needs plates to adjust camber, otherwise toe is set by tie rod length. Rear camber can be adjusted slightly without the offset uper arm bolts, and rear toe/camber is adjusted by the two large bottom control arm eccentric washer bolts.
I have mine set with a slight toe-in in the rear for stability, and zero degree toe in the front. Camber is -.5 degree all around. If your car is a daily driver you probably want close to stock specs on alignment- whatever that is.
 

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So will it align right as it is?


Or will I have to buy camber plates. My cars lowered like 1.4'' with the Eibach pro-kit stuff.
 

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I put a 2" drop on my car & AFTER alignment I had -1.3 camber on both wheels up front. (which should be pretty acceptable for daily driver use I think.)
 

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I have a 1.5" drop.

Camber in the front is -1.0
Camber in the rear is -1.5
Toe in the Front is 1/16"
Toe in the Rear is 0

You can't adjust the camber in the front without Camber Plates, but you can a little in the rears, but sometimes Camber Bolts are need

The Camber Specs are.
Camber Front: .70 to -1.82 Deg
Camber Rear: .29 to -2.33 Deg
 

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Obviously you want a F/R camber balance that is approriate for your application.
For MOST Auto-X/Track applications, our nose-heavy FWD Focuses like a little more Negative camber in the front than the back, but this also depends on your spring rates and dampers.

There is no need to toe-in the rear for stability.
The Focus does that FOR YOU during cornering due to its Passive Rear Steer that results from the rear's "Control-Blade" design. A static Rear toe of 0 should be perfect.

To aid with Turn In, AND to avoid wandering over grooved pavement, a SLIGHT Front Toe-Out is desirable.
Excessive toe out will cause premature wear faster than anything else.
1/8" TOTAL toe out is good, but most machines don't read that way these days. (Thus your question.
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On MY last alignment, I went w/ about .16 Total Toe-Out.
(.08 per side).
More may be OK, but that seemed safe, and has worked well so far w/o any evident odd wear.
If camber isn't adjustable, just ask for a readout and look for R/L mismatch problems to determine if you NEED camber kits to correct to make L/R closer together.
If you have kits and want to adjust, keep the front between -.5 and -3 degrees, and the rear between 0 and -2 degrees, depending on your taste and application.
 
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