Alignment Jig use:
So now you have the jigs built, on to the measuring:
As far as the stock Z goes you can only adjust toe in the front and toe and camber in the rear. With front aftermarket upper control arms you can also adjust camber and possibly caster.
If you are unfamiliar with the terms or the location and adjustment of your suspension please review the excellent rightup from Jason Zya. http://my350z.com/forum/brakes-and-s...ion-101-a.html
For the camber measurement the easiest way is to buy a didital torpedo level like this one from sears. http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1...=30-81190300-2
iPhone's when calibrated will do good also. Look for an app with a digital readout in tents of a degree.
For camber measurement you need to level your car side to side.
Be as level as possible, a quarter inch difference side to side is will be a couple tenths of a degree in camber error.
You'll need to check the floor to see how level it is. I used two small blocks of wood, a straight edge and a level to find an good area in the garage to park the car. You can also use wood shims to park the car on to get it level if needed.
Now let's check the toe settings and camber angle for the front.
-Mount your alignment jig to the tires, wrap the bungy cord behind the spokes to hold the jig snug to the tires.
-Secure the two tape measures to the jig on one side. I use small paper clip to hold the ends in place.
-Lightly pull the tape and read the measurements at the edge of the horizontal bar.
-The difference between the two is your total toe. If the front side measurement was smaller then the back you have toe in. This is the normal toe position for normal driving.
See the picks in post one.
Next check your camber. If your car is level simply place the your level against your jig and read the angle. The difference from 90 degrees is your camber.
This jig is not able to measure caster. Caster is not adjustable with the stock arms and most aftermarket ones. SPL is one of the few that is adjustable.
If you need to make adjustments, Adjust the camber first and your toe last.
My kinetic a-arms adjust camber by turning the rod end. Each turn changes the camber .18 of a degree. Some types use shims and others are just slots.
When adjusting the toe, turn the tie rods equal amounts on both sides. This will keep your steering wheel straight when driving.
-Turning the tie rod clockwise will adjust the tire to a toe in postion. Counterclockwise will adjust the tire toe out.
-Turning the tie rod a 1/2 turn will change your toe roughly 1/8" on that side. So after matching the change on the other side you will have changed your total toe by 1/4".
-0 total toe is good for a factory setting. I run 0-1/16" total toe in for everyday, and 1/8" total toe out for Autocross.
After making adjustments and lowering your car back down you'll want to roll the car back and forth to let the suspension and tires settle back to there normal positions. If I am just adjusting toe I drive my car onto a set of furniture movers so the tire will slide easy and just reach under the car to break the lock nut loose and make my adjustments. Its not hard after you do it a couple times.
On to the rear. UPDATED 11-5-12 sorry for the blurry pic.
Their is no caster to worry about on the rear.
Check camber just like the front.
To check the toe we have an extra step to perform since we need to make sure the tires, as a pair, point straight ahead and not off to the left or right.
I use small laser pointers I found at harbor freight, but you can also use a laser level that projects a line. With the small pointers, adjust the line so it's vertical and square with the jig. ( a small mirror laid on the flat will reflect a second line and allow you to easily adjust the line for square- see picture). With a level, you just need to lay it against the bottom cross bar.
--See post 16 for a few other pics and info--
With with your line projected you need a way to measure. You can use a tape measure and use a common point on both sides of the car. Make sure to use the same point and height off the ground.
I made two small stands out of small framing squares (harbor freight) and extra square tubing.
I like the stands because they allow me to watch the change as I adjust.
Jack the car up and loosen the nuts on the adjustment cams. Leave them snug but loose enough so you can turn them.
Lower and roll the car back and forth enough so the suspension settles back down to the normal ride height. I then park the car on large furniture mover so the tires will slide easier as I make adjustments.
With the car back on the ground reattach the jigs take your measurements, reach under the car and make your changes.
Adjust the camber first.
Adjust your toe so that your total toe setting is what you want.
Then check you're chassis measurements. You'll want the left and right sides to be as close to the same as possible. If needed adjust your left and right toe settings so the total toe stays were you want it and your chassis measurements become equal. The actual number doesn't matter, If the numbers are the same then your tires will be square with the chassis.
Small toe changes will show up as big adjustments on your frame measurements. As I make adjustments I push and pull on the wheels to make sure the suspension settles into its normal resting position. If you have worn bushing you will have a hard time getting consistent results due to the play in the bushings.