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How to String and square your vehicle

How to String a car and square your vehicle

This is one of the most common questions we receive.   Some people will say it’s easy and some feel it’s a pain in the **s.  We have a few quick tips for you and a great video by Jeff Ford from Auto Resto Mod.  Jeff is using a QuickTrick while stringing the car, but you don’t have to have one of our tools to get it done!

 

First,  your frame has to be undamaged for any true measurement and alignment.  So, if your frame is bent, stop here and get her straight before anything else.

The purpose is to square the rear and with the front.

Your right side tires will carry the brunt of the force, so we typically start with the right side.

You can use any stable items on the right front and right rear to start.  We use to use jackstands.  When placing your string (Any string will do and even fish line) aim to have it at frame height.  This will prevent any extreme camber from interfering with your string line up.

Line up your right side tires

Measure your right rear frame distance to the string

Measure your right front frame to the string (ensure you have equal distance between the string and frame)  Keep it close, but not too close.  5-6″ is a good base.

If your string is parallel to the frame, your front and rear sidewalls of the tire should be parallel as well.

Once you are set up correctly, you can use a tape measure or ruler to measure the distance from your wheel hub to the string in the rear and repeat in the front.

If you are fraction off, you should be good to go.  Now repeat on the left.

Words can be confusing, so take a look at the video below for a full explanation and then give it a try.  If you need some help or have any questions, just give us a call at 205-475-2419 x102

Starts at Stringing the car:

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