The Ultimate DIY Alignment Rig
by Erik Jacobs
If you’ve been following MotoIQ for a while, you know that Project SC300 has been around for a long, long, long time. If you’ve been paying close attention, you may have noticed that the home garage where I work on the car is different. That’s because I moved about 45 minutes deeper into the super-duper suburbs to get some land and someday build a garage mahal.
I was now really quite far away from my favorite alignment shop, Gran Turismo East, with my move deep into the suburbs. While GTE does an excellent job, they were now about an hour away, and that’s way farther than I want to drive my race car on the street (even if it is tagged and registered and insured). They also don’t do corner weighting, which, at this point in Project SC300’s development, really should be done.
With those factors in mind, I decided to piece together the ultimate DIY alignment set up. I didn’t want to compromise anywhere. I knew that, over the years, I would get all the money back because I wouldn’t be paying other shops to do routine alignments or changes. If I bought all the “right” stuff and was patient at the track, I could even do alignments at events.
So, I held my nose and hit “buy now” and waited for the packages to show up.
OK, so you can’t see the pallet, but I promise you, that’s how it showed up. And it actually showed up to my package delivery place. Everyone was quite confused. By the way – this stuff is HEAVY. But just what is it?
The scale pads will hold the scales (for corner weighting). They are adjustable for height. This really allows you to adjust them for level, which is critically important. If the measurement surface isn’t level, gravity is changing what you’re measuring. This affects alignment as well as corner weights.
You can use an Allen driver, an Allen wrench, or whatever other tools you want. I don’t recommend a power tool, though.
It’s super sturdy and super impressive looking. The scale pads are wirelessly connected to the display. This means you don’t have to run a bunch of cables all over the place which tether you to the area, and you’re free to walk around the car and bring the display with you. Or you can turn on the Bluetooth and use your phone or tablet with Intercomp’s app.
The display has all kinds of features that show you all types of weight percentages and lots of other things that will probably take me forever to figure out. I just used the basic settings. Each pad has a 1,500lb capacity, and that means the system can weigh up to 6,000lbs. Fortunately, the SC300 isn’t THAT much of a pig, so this will work well.