Alignment time! There’s few happier times in a cone killer’s pre-season prep. Even as a reformed autocrosser, I still look forward to it. There’s really nothing finer in life than a freshly aligned MX-5.
Well… maybe a few things are finer. But go with me on this. A fresh alignment is fantastic.
I wanted to give the Xidas a chance to settle after install. Seeing as how I installed them… what 5 months ago? Back in May before the repaint?
Damn, that seems like a lifetime ago. Thinking back, the repaint felt like it took a year or longer of subjective time. Time slows down when you’re learning new stuff…
Anyways. 5 months is long enough. It was time to visit Keith and get Sharka’s wheels aimed right.
I’ve known Keith for as long as I’ve been into Miatas. I’ve followed him around to the various shops he’s done alignments at. Now Keith owns his own place (Keith’s Wheel Alignment on Arno in ABQ). It’s an excellent little garage.
Keith is a great guy. And more than that, I trust him to work on anything. That’s the highest praise I can give to anyone. I’m extremely happy to have him still aligning Sharka after 15 years.
Onto the numbers!!!
Camber: -2.5F, -2.4R
Caster: 5.5F (maxed out)
Toe: -.2F, .1R (that’s like 1/8″ toe out!)
I lost some front camber and gained a bit in the rear since my last alignment. But it wasn’t a lot… the big thing was the front toe. That’s a whole ton of toe out. Holy crap. No wonder Sharka was annoying when hitting any little bumps and twitchy as f*** on the freeway. I didn’t realize this toe-out nonsense was going on.
Camber: -2.9F, -2.2R
Caster: 5.1F (still maxed out)
Toe: -.02F, .23R
A bit of front camber bias, zero front toe, and a bit more toe-in out back. Perfect.
I’ve covered around 150 miles since the alignment. Mostly mountain and freeway driving. It’s SO much better. Getting the wheels pointed correctly is as big an upgrade to drivability as the seat foam or the Xidas themselves. Sharka is a whole ton more enjoyable to drive now.
Thanks for the fantastic alignment Keith!! Always a pleasure.