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Old 10-15-2005, 11:53 AM   #1
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Caster settings on a SFA Chevy?

Alright if my memory serves me right the factory Caster angle on a 73-91 Chevy is 7*. Can someone explain why this is?

I mean with a load in the bed it will only go more positive. It seems to me we have more then a few degrees of caster to play with to set it up where we want it.
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Old 10-15-2005, 03:49 PM   #2
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I dont think caster really changes with a load in the bed.I don't know what the factory spec. is but I would love to.How much are you trying to play with?
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depending on how sagged the front and rear springs are you should have 7-8 degrees of caster, that all needs to change once lifted though, and anytime the rear of the vehicle is loaded or lowered the caster will increase
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So does anyone know what the minimum amount of caster that is acceptable? As in how many degrees can the front axle be shimmed before caster is unacceptable without spinning the axle tubes.
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it depends on where and, how you drive i have about 6.5inches of lift, and about 4 degrees of caster on my blazer, and pinion angle is very acceptable, i think most people will find this acceptable for their rigs.
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what are you planning to do with the truck?
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I need the truck too have decent street manners.
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my truck drives great with 4 deg caster, yours should too
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According the my 1973 GM Service Manual, and my brother, who's a tire wheel engineer for GM who looked up the spec for a '91, the K10 & K20 Alignment specs which matched the ones in my 73 GM service manual, so 1973-1991 K10 & K20 are as follows:

Caster: +4* Not resettable (well it is sligtly if you use different length schackles)
Camber: +1.5* Not resettable (well it is with the upper ball joint special sleeve or the camber shim between the spindle & knuckle)
Toe: 3/16" (exc K10 w/ Full time 4wd= 0")

Tolerances are as follows:
Service Check:
Caster: +/- 1*
Camber: +/- 3/4*
Toe: +/- 1/8"
Camber (Sdde-to-side): 1*
Caster(Side-to-side): 1*

Service Reset:
Caster: +/- 1/2*
Camber: +/- 1/2*
Toe: +/- 1/16"
Camber(side-to-side): 1/2*
Caster(side to side): 1/2*

(Service check states: Values within these limits should provice a high level of customer satisfaction and shoud not require resetting
Service reset states: Values that the vehicle should be set within if it observed out of the service checking tolerace or if it is being aligned due to replacment components or for any other reasons)
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Old 10-16-2005, 03:50 PM
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i am not referring to any spec guide, i am referring to the hundreds of alignments i have done to these trucks, and most have about 7deg of positive caster in stock trim. some suburbans come clocer to about 9deg.
due to rear end sag.
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