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      Need Total toe in INCHES

      Volvo gives toe values in degrees, while my old toe plates give only total toe in inches. So, after replacing a loose tie rod end I now have a total of 3/16" toe-in using plates that measure 22" between slots. My math shows that with a diameter of 22" the plate has a circumference of roughly 69". Divide that by 360 degrees and you get about .19" per degree. By that calculation I am toed in about 1/2 degree per side, way over spec! Seat of the pants and experience say I should be at about 1/8" total toe, but that's still over maximum, apparently.

      Need some help here, tia

      For those of you who aren't into low-tech, shade-tree engineering, here are the plates:

      https://www.jegs.com/i/JEGS/555/8168...xoC3JgQAvD_BwE

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      https://robrobinette.com/ConvertToeInchesToDegrees.htm
      Has proven reliable in my experience with roughly the same equipment.

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      Thanks, Luna. I went back and took the driver's side [one I just replaced] in 4/6 of a turn. That gives about 3/32" total toe, which translates to .10 degree a side. Before that, each end was turned in 17 rotations.

      Even better news is that the new tie rod end has gotten rid of about 90% of wobble under acceleration or up hills. Woohoo!

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      If the Outer Tie rod was that Bad it may effected the Inner also ..
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      I always run a little toe out in my fwd cars... Makes the turn in much nicer.

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      Always ran "Coke-bottle style" on the track, but that was with solid bushings and tires that never seemed to last more than a few weeks. There's enough compliance with street bushings that toed-in tires can run pretty well straight at speed. Yes, better turn-in with toe-out, but what about braking in emergencies? Don't you get a bit darty then?

      At 3/32" to 1/8" total toe-in, my DWS06's are wearing evenly across the tread after 20k miles. The car is totally controllable under braking at higher speeds, even as the abs nibbles. Compared to the gold standard - BMW - this car still has good braking.

      Your drains spin backwards, so maybe gravity has other strange effects in the Antipodes. Who knows?

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      Quote Originally Posted by 686Sport View Post
      Yes, better turn-in with toe-out, but what about braking in emergencies? Don't you get a bit darty then?

      At 3/32" to 1/8" total toe-in, my DWS06's are wearing evenly across the tread after 20k miles. The car is totally controllable under braking at higher speeds, even as the abs nibbles. Compared to the gold standard - BMW - this car still has good braking.

      Your drains spin backwards, so maybe gravity has other strange effects in the Antipodes. Who knows?

      686Sport
      I'm happy if I get 20,000 km out of a set of tyres!

      My racecar is super twitchy (Peugeot 205 gti) and the V50 feels super planted in comparison. I'm looking to grab a stiffer rear arb from a Mazdaspeed 3 next month to get the car handling more to my liking.

      Emergency / heavy is all good, even on gravel roads. I've taken the V50 out to our local race track a couple times and even pulling up from 190ish kph hasn't unsettled the car (using the yaw switch / proper disabling of the DSTC system also)


      Just what your use to I guess...

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