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I did a search and found mixed information whether or not the rear wheels can be aligned.

 

My soob is a 88 GL and the drivers rear tire is wearing at an amazing rate. Mostly wearing on the inside of the tire. I need new tires now but before that I need to know if I can align the rear or I'm just gonna have to live with it.

 

Jeremy

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can it be done... yes. there are adjustments in the rear. however it is not easy at all. i have spent hours working on it. and most alignment shops will not spend much time on it, before they tell you it is not adjustable. if something is wareing, than something is probably bent.

 

-=Suberdave=-

www.suberdave.com

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Basically you have to change the positioning of the 3 bolts that hold the Trailing arm to the control arm. Loosen the nut that the trailing arm pivots on. Then loosen the 3 nuts holding the control arm to the trailing arm. To adjust toe, slide the control arm forward(neg toe) or back(pos toe) in relation to the trailing arm. To adjust Camber you have to use a long board wedged between the Trailing and control arms. Changing the angle of the Trailing arm relative to the control arm adjusts the camber. I can't really remember or properly describe which direction is which for camber. I'm going to try to scan the page here in a minute.

 

 

Here it is:

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There is a noticeable tilt to the wheel when you look at it. Is this Something I should tackle by myself? I don't have any equipment or anything. Maybe take it to the dealer?

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can it be done... yes. there are adjustments in the rear. however it is not easy at all. i have spent hours working on it. and most alignment shops will not spend much time on it, before they tell you it is not adjustable. if something is wareing, than something is probably bent.

 

-=Suberdave=-

www.suberdave.com

 

Hours? I spent like 30 minutes doing the alignment in the back of my coupe and the driver side was waaaaaay out of spec. For the easiest way, I found to pull the lower bolt on the shock after pulling the wheel off, then loosening the 3 bolts that are on the trailing arm, then do my adjustments. If you have a 12" prybar, that will help you move the suspension anyway you want it to move to get it into spec.

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Jeremy, it might be worth it to skip the dealer and call a local Subaru Specialist. Those guys know our older models better and are more "welcoming" to working on them.

 

My 2 favorites in this area:

Norm's Auto Repair: (530) 544-0953, or

Independent Automotive: (775) 358-8184.

 

Both are excellent:) ,

 

Just my 2 bucks

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