Basic Drift Chassis Setup: The S-Chassis Tension Rod
Next, we strung up the car and set the toe to our desired setting, ⅛” toe in, in this case. We have a whole article on the techniques we use to set the toe and camber that you should read here.
Next we jacked up the car and carefully removed the wheel without knocking over the strings.
Our goal here is to measure the toe change across the entire travel of the suspension. This can’t be done with the wheel, because the wheel center will not be aligned with the strings as we move it up and down. We have to make a jig.
We decided to use this scrap piece of plywood I had laying around to make our jig. Any straight piece of sheet metal would also work.
We put some toothpaste on the wheel studs and pressed our sheet of plywood up against them to transfer the markings for our hole locations. We then drilled the holes for the wheel studs.


  1. awesome article!!
    I’d like to know what adjustment I would need to make if i wanted my suspensio to toe in on compression and how to make my rear suspension squat under throttle

  2. This article just changed my life. I had to recently swap out an aftermarket tension rod after it had been bent and thought to myself, “wtf does this even do?” Then BAM, this article gives me not only the information but the awesome visuals to better understand.

    Phenomenal write up and I cant wait to see how my S13 feels after a proper adjustment.

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