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Old 12-31-2017, 05:47 PM
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anyone have any recommendations of a shop for front end alignments on our cobras or street rods? thanks
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Old 01-01-2018, 07:40 PM
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I would suggest contacting FFR for MII Specs. To confirm. Mark IV specs are 3deg castor, -0.5 Camber, 1/16" toe in for std 5lug wheels Pin drive might be different.
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Old 01-02-2018, 07:45 AM
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I took my ERA down to the local Firestone along with the alignment specs for the car. They did a four wheel alignment for me in about an hour.
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Old 01-02-2018, 10:41 AM
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On my ERA, toe is pretty easy to adjust, both front and rear (outboard braked). I use a tape measure attached to a bolt that just screws in to the trough of the tread of the tire so it makes it easy to measure the back and the front. Just roll the car back and forth between adjustments. It is not difficult. Johnc427 -- don't be afraid to just try measuring your toe to see if it's within specs. It's really easy. Really.
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Old 01-02-2018, 07:50 PM
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May sound strange, but I use Schwab Tire. They have a pit that I needed due to my oil pan. They have done a good job on mine - front and rear.
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Old 01-02-2018, 08:05 PM
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If you want a front and rear alignment done right along with corner weighting. Scott Fraser
is your man, he has aligned my Cobra several times (we were experimenting with different caster camber settings) and really knows his business. He can do a high performance alignment or a street alignment you just have to tell him what you want. He has aligned many many winning cars both autox and track. He is a certified Audi and Porsche tech.
Email alwaysracin@yahoo.com He is in San Jose
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Old 01-03-2018, 11:52 AM
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Any competent tire store with a modern alignment rack can do the job if you
give them the proper specs from your manual or builder. In my case ERA had
the specs in their service manual. The latest racks are computer and laser
based so they will get it perfect...if you give them the specs. If you own a
regular car the computer knows the specs and they just plug the car make in
and push the button. Needless to say your Cobra is not in the data base. Mine
was done here in Mill Valley quickly and accurately for $125. This is not rocket
science.
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Old 01-03-2018, 08:07 PM
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Just my opinion. The FFR MKII has a pretty wide range of possible configurations in the front suspension, and even then alignment spec opinions vary a lot.

I suggest getting some toe plates and a fastrax alignment tool, and learn how to align the front. You can significantly alter the behavior of the MKII with alignment and moving things around to feel how the car reacts is part of the fun. It's a fifteen minute job once you get the hang of it.
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