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Old 06-16-2005, 11:13 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Recently I changed my RTAB's and got a 4 wheel alignment. I never really noticed this but it looks like the rear wheels are toed in. I can't remember if it was like this before. I'll take some pics later and hopefully you guys can give me some feedback. I'm also going to check my mom's 328 to see if it's like that on hers.
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rear wheels should be a little bit toe in. I think spec is 2 degree's.
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Old 06-16-2005, 02:15 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I know camber is standard at about 2 degrees with bmw's (that's what my mechanic friend told me a couple years ago). Toe in is a different thing all together. I didn't know that bmw's had toe-in; am I wrong? Can someone more informed add input?
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It's in the Bentley manual. I'll look when I get home, if I remember. Toe should be far less than 2 degrees.
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Didn't the shop give you the print-out? I got a printout of the specs (before/standard/after) from my shop.
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I didn't know you could get a print out.
Anyways, here's a pic:

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I didn't know you could get a print out.
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dont see anything wrong???

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ps he must have fixed it...

Hm. It does look like you've got toe-in, but realize that the back end of your vehicle does do a shrinking trick (e36 right?). The lines on my car look like that. Huh.
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I have a print out from my old car ('91 325), camber is -145' and toe in is 015' for that car. Maybe the newer 328's (96) are slightly different from the earlier e36s.
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Shrinking trick? I don't understand.
And yes, it is an e36.
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Any shop that does wheel alignments sould give you a printout. After all they probably had to print it out to verify the figures for themselves. Go back and ask for one.

So after you get a print out, what are you going to do with it? You'll see a bunch of numbers at each corner. How will you know if those numbers are within spec?

As for you rear wheel toe-in, that is normal for BMW's and it looks right to me.
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The toe in spec is very small, less than .5 degrees. Bentley manual says it isn't even adjustable.

Your pic looks just like mine.
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Shrinking trick? I don't understand.
And yes, it is an e36.
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Yeah, the rear end of your vehicle actually tapers from the wheel on back - shrinks.
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2 degrees of anything is alittle much ive seen bmw run on the streat like 1deg camber to 1.5 and toe a little in the back is ok.
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