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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-22-2010, 09:47 PM Thread Starter
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How is the Wheel Alignment Done on the Cobalt?

Is it done through the Strut bolt or the tierods?
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depends on what you want to adjust. if you are adjusting toe, then you do it through the tierods. camber is with the strut bolts that bolt to the steering knuckle doodad lol. and I'm not positive about caster but that is prolly with the strut bolts too
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caster is not adjustable.

Do not bother with a 4 wheel alignment, afaik i am the only one that can currently shim the rear end safely. Maybe John Powell will do the same when he swaps to 5x114.3 later this year.

Make sure to specify just a front end alignment, it'll save you money. Also, i cannot get to -1* of camber without camber bolts. It was ok when i was on coilovers, but now that i'm back on a strut/spring combo i need them. OTTPerformance.com.

Also, tell them to set the toe to 0, and camber at -1* up front. That is best, and they can do it, even if they say they can't, it's easy. Good enough doesn't cut it for me.



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whats so great about having -1 camber up front?
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caster is not adjustable.
I did not know that. it is adjustable on older vehicles.
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whats so great about having -1 camber up front?
Negative camber helps handling. I could explain it, but it's a lot of typing haha

Too much camber kills tires, a little bit is good. this car likes -1*

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I did not know that. it is adjustable on older vehicles.
Yep, there is no adjustment point for it on a cobalt. Only if you manage to fiddle with a pair of coilover top hats, and turn it 90*


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interesting. I'll never need to mess with it anyway lol
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I found this PDF of a Toyota service bulletin that provides some very good info on diagnosing a left/right pull. Detailed descriptions of why and flowcharts to help narrow down the problem. There is some Toyota specifics, but is still generally very useful.

http://priuschat.com/...tsbs/5567d11...m-st005t01.pdf
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