Getting Our Shelby GT 350 in Line

Geoff Thompson checks the toe on our Shelby Mustang.
Lengthening or shortening the tie rod ends adjusted the toe setting.

We went for a street alignment on this project, as we had a 1000-mile trip through Texas planned.

With a live axle at the rear, the only alignment is up front on a Shelby GT 350. As usual, we went down the street to Andre’s Automotive and asked Geoff Thompson to do the honors. He aligns most of our projects and has a lot of racing experience. That said, we went for a street alignment on this project, as we had a 1000-mile trip through Texas planned. If we decided to do some track work later on, we could adjust it again.

On the right side of the car we put in about a half-degree of negative camber. To prevent tire wear and make the car drive better on a crowned highway, Geoff put in about a quarter of a degree positive camber on the right side.

Caster was set at 2.5 degrees to give good steering feedback and have the car center itself well. Adding a little caster also improves steering feel.

Toe was set in at one eighth of an inch total. Setting the toe in a little makes a car go down the highway nicely whereas setting toe out makes a car turn-in better for track days and autocrosses.

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