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      Question Preferred Alignment Specs?

      After refreshing the front end of our XC following a strut failure which cupped a relatively decent set of tires, I've finally got a new set of WRG3's (from https://www.tiresbyweb.com/ - Best price I could find anywhere) and TPMS sensors to install. I'm going to have them installed before we drive up to Maine and I'm planning to do an alignment at the same time. The question, are there "best" specs available for the alignment of our XC's beyond the factory recommendations? Zero rear toe is a big thing in the R world to eliminate side hop. Are there any similar things to do for best tire wear?
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      Our resident expert Pax5 would most likely suggest going for the absolute minimum toe the technician can achieve - Front and Rear Toe-in: +/- 0.02 to +/- 0.04 (not greater!) Camber: in the middle and symmetrical left and right.
      I followed his recommendations and was at 60,000 miles on my set of Pirelli Scorpion Verde Plus All-Seasons when I replaced them this week. This was on zero (0) rotations during those miles, no abnormal wear on any of the four tires, and I probably could have gone for another 10k on the rears.
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      I always set them to the middle

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      Quote Originally Posted by SpitzeStrom_Terp View Post
      Our resident expert Pax5 would most likely suggest going for the absolute minimum toe the technician can achieve - Front and Rear Toe-in: +/- 0.02 to +/- 0.04 (not greater!) Camber: in the middle and symmetrical left and right.
      I followed his recommendations and was at 60,000 miles on my set of Pirelli Scorpion Verde Plus All-Seasons when I replaced them this week. This was on zero (0) rotations during those miles, no abnormal wear on any of the four tires, and I probably could have gone for another 10k on the rears.
      Thanks! Funny story. He's who I asked first but he's traveling and I wasn't sure I'd hear back from him in time. lol I just got an email back last night with this:

      Basically you want your front wheels toe-in as close to zero as possible, pointing "in" a little is good, but no more than -0.02 to -0.05. Note the minus sign and the value is one hundreth, not one tenth. Many techs ignore this and align to 0.2! Then they'll say, it still meets Volvo spec. Yes, but it is not optimal.

      Toe-in rears preferably zero (0.00), but that is hard to achieve, and requires a competent tech who has patience!

      Other adjustment is Camber: have it adjusted to the center of the Volvo spec, same for both sides.
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      Thanks, R. I'll need this soon, as I should be, finally, wrapping up the control arms, ball joints and sway bar links over the weekend.
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      This is your thread

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