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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old Jun 9th, 19, 04:55 PM Thread Starter
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How much rear toe is too much

When I bought my car it had a slightly bent wheel and a slightly bent axle. I don't know the history of what happened. all four wheels have been straightened and I have replaced the axles and bearings. Using a straight edge on the axle flanges I have a 1/4" smaller distance on the front than the rear. In other words, toe in. I am measuring this 12" from the center of the axle, so the measurements are 24" apart but centered on the axle. If I turn the axles 180* I get the same measurement, so I know the new axle flanges are true, so the difference must be in the housing. I also assume that because it had "one" bent wheel and "one" bent axle that the bent housing is probably on that side of the car. Is it worth pulling the rear end and having the housing straightened? Is welding the axle tubes necessary?

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Re: How much rear toe is too much

If you see tire wear then you need to get it fixed. Otherwise it's just going to scrub off some speed and take a little power away. The axle tube can be straightened with some heat if you take it to someone who knows what they are doing. Welding the tubes is not necessary if this is just a street car. Be sure to keep wheel hop under control. Wheel hop can break any rear end.

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Re: How much rear toe is too much

Agree with Freddie, and learned. You should measure, like you described, on both horizontal AND vertical planes.
You could also remove axles and roll them on V-blocks and measure run-out in seeing if they are bent, kind of doubt it, though.
Once axles out, use the end of tubes and measure squareness, both horizontally & vertically. I believe the tolerance is +/- 1/4 inch anyway.

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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old Jun 12th, 19, 04:53 PM Thread Starter
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How much rear toe is too much

Well I pulled the rear end out tonight. With the backing plates removed you can visibly see the housing is bent. Iím taking it to a shop in Charlotte this weekend to drop it off to be straightened. Stay tuned.


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