Q: How do I check camber
& toe angles on vehicles with large tires such as the Traxxas T/E-Maxx, HPI
Savage, Tamiya Terra Crusher, Associated Monster GT, etc.?
on vehicles with large tires can be easily checked with the RPM
Monster Camber Gauge. An excellent starting camber angle for
off-road use is approximately 3 degrees of negative camber at all four
corners. Use less camber (approximately 1 degree negative) on the rear
wheels when using the vehicle for on-road conditions. Front wheel
camber for on-road use should still be left at approximately 2 - 3 degrees of negative camber
to compensate for suspension dive in the corners.
Toe angles can be
checked using the same RPM Monster
Camber Gauge. We do not recommend
using the RPM Toe-In gauge to check large tire diameters
because the gauge cannot reach the centerline of the wheel, which would
result in inaccurate results. To use the RPM Monster Camber Gauge to
check toe angles, all you have to do is have a 2" x 4" block of
wood or other square object handy to rest the front of your wheels against (be sure
that there is clearance around the bumper and skid plate areas in the
To check front toe angles, turn on
your transmitter and receiver and allow your steering servo to come to
rest. Leave the transmitter and receiver on while checking your front
wheel toe angles. Bump your wheels equally against the block of wood
(check to be sure that only the tires are hitting), then
place the gauge horizontally across the face of the tire and
place the base of the gauge against your block of wood. The reading on the gauge
is your toe angle for that one side. Please remember that this angle, plus
the angle of your second wheel, will be your total toe angle. Once you
adjust in your front toe angle, run the truck and use your steering trim
on your transmitter to adjust straight line tracking.
Rear wheel toe is done identically to the front except you do not have the
convenience of a transmitter to adjust straight line tracking.
Unfortunately, there currently is no accurate way of checking rear
wheel toe angles in relation to the chassis. The best method to get an
accurate rear toe angle is to measure the length of your toe links. Once
you are sure both rear toe links are identical in length, make sure toe
angle adjustments are
made equally between sides.
wheels, a negative reading on the gauge represents toe out, while a
positive reading represents toe in. For rear wheels, a negative
reading on the gauge represents rear wheel toe in. An excellent
starting point for most large tire trucks is approximately 1/2 degree
of toe in per side for front wheels & 2 degrees per
side for rear wheels.
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