A burden on the
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: United Kingdom
A slight plea here for consistency.
I’m not intending to be pedantic and this may appear to be a question of semantics, but it has caused me some considerable confusion in trying to decide what, if anything I should do about my tracking. We seem to variously use the terms toe-in and toe-out in a totally interchangeable way. For example, for my 159 TI, the handbook specifies the front half toe-in to be -7’ (i.e. 7’ toe-out) and the rear half toe-in to be 11’ (i.e. truly 11’ toe-in). In the opening post to this thread – post #1 – however, Old Engineer advocates a front wheel setting of, and I quote: “Minus 2' +/- 5' per wheel (double for total Toe Out).” That implies to me 2’ of half toe-in, but I’m sure that’s not what is meant – or am I wrong?
The other minor confusion is the mix of ways of specifying the measurement. I accept that measuring toe in mm is not a good idea (although the last time I had my 156 done, some years ago, that’s how the print-out was presented to me) but using degrees can also be confusing. For example, my rear camber is specified as -1degree 3minutes in the handbook, but this can also be specified as 63minutes or even 1.05degrees. Now that’s OK, but I have even seen some posts confusing the degrees and minutes. (The inability to be able to print a superscript o symbol doesn't help!)