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Toe settings

Toe in is an often configurable setting of a cars wheel alignment. The front steering wheels can be set to point away (toe-out), toward (toe-in) or parallel (zero toe) to each other. Production vehicles will typically have some toe-in, as it encourages the vehicle to drive in a straight line and provides straight-line stability; race cars will typically have zero toe or toe-out, as it encourages quicker steering response while sacrificing straight-line stability. Both toe-in and toe-out will increase rolling resistance, as the tires will "scrub" even when driving in a straight line. Therefore, the most efficient configuration is zero toe, when the steering wheels are parallel to each other; however this will sacrifice the straight-line stability of the vehicle.

Instructions for mod

Consult your workshop manual for specific directions

Most cars will have a steering arrangement as shown in the picture to the side. The steering rack tie rod ends screw into a bracket at the back of both wheels that steer. Rotating the tie end will increase or decrease the overall distance between the 2 ends of the steering rack. As the steering bracket on each wheel is set a distance behind the centre of the wheels increasing or decreasing the overall steering rack distance will set the toe in of the wheels.

User experiences

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User Name Car Make, Model, Year Cost of Mod Time to Perform Mod MPG Before Mod MPG After Mod MPG improvement guess Instruction Link
External Tester Honda Insight 2000 $0 1 Hour 63.2 68.6 8.54% from 1/8 inch toe in to 0 toe in 2000 Honda Insight - Long-Term Road Test - Auto Reviews - Car and Driver

Problems / Consequences of mod

  • Twitchy steering control
  • Decreased straight line stability
  • No more driving while eating breakfast and talking on hand-held cell phone


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