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Wheel Alignment Settings

Modification Details




What Is Wheel Alignment (AKA Tracking)?

Alignment is the angle, tilt and direction that the wheels and tyres face on the car.
They are rarely dead vertical and facing dead straight as adjusting these figures can
change the way the car behaves and handles. Negative camber can increase cornering.

Who Can Check And Adjust These Settings?

Although most people would think of taking their car to smart I seriously doubt that any
smart dealers have the equipment or the knowledge to adjust the wheel alignment.


Any company that deals with tracking will do a top job and many tyre fitting places
offer reasonable services. Look for laser tracking if available as that is very accurate.

Professional companies that deal with tracking will already know the correct figures for your car.

What Settings Can Be Altered On The Smart?

Not very much. Toe in and toe out can be adjusted on the front wheels by adjusting
the steering rack arms. The rear camber can be adjusted with wedges and spacers.

If anything that can't be adjusted is out of tolerance you may have chassis or suspension damage.

How Do I know That The Settings Are Off?

If the handling changes, if the steering pulls in a straight line or you have
unusual or uneven tyre wear it is worth having the settings checked.


Picture adapted from original found on www.v6performance.net

Alignment Settings

Fortwo 450
Front

Front Axle Transverse Leaf Spring up to 14/11/1999

Camber
0°15' +/- 0°30', diff. L/R max 0°30'
Caster
7°00' +/- 1°00'
Toe per wheel
0°12' +/- 0°5'
Steering axis inclination
14°35' +/- 0°20'
Toe-out on turns
-2°06' +/- 0°20'
Wheel Offset
0°0' +/- 0°20'

Front Axle Transverse Leaf Spring 15/11/1999 to 08/01/2001
Camber
0°30' +/- 0°30', diff. L/R max 0°30'
Caster
7°00' +/- 1°00'
Toe per wheel
0°11' +/- 0°4'
Steering axis inclination
14°35' +/- 0°20'
Toe-out on turns
-2°06' +/- 0°20'
Wheel Offset
0°0' +/- 0°20'

Front Axle MacPherson light 08/01/2001 to 02/01/2003
Camber
0°9' +/- 0°30', diff. L/R max 0°30'
Caster
7°00' +/- 1°00'
Toe per wheel
0°14' +/- 0°5'
Steering axis inclination
14°35' +/- 0°20'
Toe-out on turns
-2°06' +/- 0°20'
Wheel Offset
0°0' +/- 0°20'

Front Axle MacPherson light 03/01/2003 Onwards
Camber
0°18' +/- 0°30', diff. L/R max 0°30'
Caster
7°00' +/- 1°00'
Toe per wheel
0°13' +/- 0°5'
Steering axis inclination
14°35' +/- 0°20'
Toe-out on turns
-2°06' +/- 0°20'
Wheel Offset
0°0' +/- 0°20'

Fortwo 450
Rear

Rear Axle up to 14/11/1999
Wheel Offset
0°0' +/- 0°20'
Total Toe
0°20' +/- 0°10'
Camber
-2° +/- 0°30'
Max Difference L/R
0°20'
Driveline Angle
0°0' +/- 0°30'

Rear Axle as of 15/11/1999 to 
02/01/2003
Wheel Offset
0°0' +/- 0°20'
Total Toe
0°10' +/- 0°10'
Camber
-2° +/- 0°30'
Max Difference L/R
0°20'
Driveline Angle
0°0' +/- 0°30'

Rear Axle from 
03/01/2003 Onwards
Wheel Offset
0°0' +/- 0°20'
Total Toe
0°10' +/- 0°12'
Camber
-2° +/- 0°30'
Max Difference L/R
0°20'
Driveline Angle
0°0' +/- 0°30'



Fortwo 451
Front

Camber

Caster

Toe per wheel

Steering axis inclination

Toe-out on turns

Wheel Offset


Fortwo 451
Rear

Wheel Offset

Total Toe

Camber

Max Difference L/R

Driveline Angle




Roadster
Front

Except Brabus
Camber
-0°14' +/- 0°30', diff. L/R max 0°30'
Caster
4°00' +/- 0°30'
Toe per wheel
0°08' +/- 0°5'
Steering axis inclination
14°12' +/- 0°20'
Toe-out on turns
-2°06' +/- 0°20'
Wheel Offset


Roadster
Rear

Except Brabus
Wheel Offset
0°0' +/- 0°20'
Total Toe
0°06' +/- 0°12'
Camber
-2° +/- 0°30'
Max Difference L/R
0°20'
Driveline Angle
0°0' +/- 0°30'


Roadster
Front

Brabus
Camber
-0°44' +/- 0°30', diff. L/R max 0°30'
Caster
3°30' +/- 0°30'
Toe per wheel
0°10' +/- 0°5'
Steering axis inclination
14°12' +/- 0°20'
Toe-out on turns
-2°06' +/- 0°20'
Wheel Offset


Roadster
Rear

Brabus
Wheel Offset
0°0' +/- 0°20'
Total Toe
0°30' +/- 0°12'
Camber
-2° +/- 0°30'
Max Difference L/R
0°20'
Driveline Angle
0°0' +/- 0°30'



Forfour
Front

Except Brabus
Camber
0°35' +/- 0°30', diff. L/R max 0°30'
Caster
2°50' +/- 0°30'
Toe per wheel
0°0' +/- 0°6'
Steering axis inclination
13°30' +/- 0°30'
Toe-out on turns
-1°08' +/- 0°30'
Wheel Offset


Forfour
Rear

Except Brabus
Wheel Offset
0°0' +/- 0°20'
Total Toe
0°21' +/- 0°21'
Camber
-1° +/- 0°45'
Max Difference L/R
0°20'
Driveline Angle
0°0' +/- 0°30'


Forfour
Front

Brabus
Camber
0°46' +/- 0°30', diff. L/R max 0°30'
Caster
2°50' +/- 0°30'
Toe per wheel
0°00' +/- 0°6'
Steering axis inclination
13°30' +/- 0°30'
Toe-out on turns
-1°08' +/- 0°30'
Wheel Offset


Forfour
Rear

Brabus
Wheel Offset
0°0' +/- 0°20'
Total Toe
0°21' +/- 0°21'
Camber
-1° +/- 0°45'
Max Difference L/R
0°20'
Driveline Angle
0°0' +/- 0°30'


Fortwo 451

Until I get time to stick this all in a table, I figured I may as well
put up the scan that Smartworx sent to me a long time back.



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