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Date:  7-19-2012
Number of Hours:  1.50
Manual Reference:  L01
Brief Description:  Setting Toe-In

- Worked on setting the toe-in tonight. Looks simple, but not so much.

- Per the plans you slip a metal sleeve to the inside of each axle (seen in photo #2).

- Sonex says to put a plate or something long and stiff between the axles, but when you do so the straight edge hits the black tube of axle, a very far distance away from the actual axle. So you need to use standoffs (photos below).

- The axle is not parallel to the ground, so the straigt edge is not parallel to the axle. That makes alignment difficult. Plus the axle assembly still has lots of movement available to it, even with both axles essentially clamped together. There is NO WAY to accurately set the toe in like this.

- So I clamped another straight edge to the rear of the axle tube (the black tube) so I could measure off of that, to the bolts that make up the axle. As I thought, when first measured there was NO toe-in on one axle. I had to twist the black tube on the gear leg to make the axle/bolt end rotate forward.

- I then measured the distance at each end of the axle, from the second staight edge, until I got something resembling toe-in.

- As Max Emmighausen suggested I dumped Loctite down the black tube to try to get the axle tube to stay in place on the gear leg, after I remove the leg. That way I can drill the hole through the axle tube and the gear leg at the same time, hoping to keep the tenuous toe-in set.
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Straight edge #1 for toe-in

Straight edge #1 for toe-in

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View from above, with the straight edge bungee'd into place on each axle. Note the silver spacer.

View from above, with the straight edge bungee'd into place on each axle. Note the silver spacer.

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Straight edge #1 to the left; straight edge #2 to the right.

Straight edge #1 to the left; straight edge #2 to the right.

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