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Old 02-27-2011, 01:53 AM   #42 (permalink)
bwilson4web
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14 i3-REx - '14 BMW i3-REx
Last 3: 45.67 mpg (US)

17 Prime Plus - '17 Toyota Prius Prime Plus
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I've been tweaking our NHW11, 2003 Prius to achieve four-wheel, near perfect alignment:
  • front camber - use a camber bolt bought from the Toyota parts department.
  • rear toe and camber - use EZ-shim


I have not detected any noticeable change in handling or fuel efficiency. The main advantage is getting all the miles out of the tires.

For handling, my greatest improvement has come using larger diameter, front tires. The larger gyroscopic forces slightly improved straight-line stability ... noticeable on long distance trips.

Bob Wilson

ps. Before EZ-shim, I used metal shims:


Metal shims are used in pairs. One to handle toe on one side and another pair on the opposite side to handle camber. It works but I don't like the unsealed gaps that can accumulate road salt.
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