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Optimum wheel alignment for Cobra’s

Because a Cobra is a short wheelbase car and funny things in the handling department start to happen when the track(width) starts approaching the wheelbase, Imagine driving a square car? With my setup I was always in the top 3 on road race courses in South Africa Cobra Club meetings.(Pissed a lot of guys off)

Well because of this I have found that 1.5 degrees of negative camber on each wheel ,front and back,and 1.5 degrees toe in on each wheel will make the car handle just right. Now of course we need to dial in some castor ,that makes the car self center ,so also I like about 2 degrees of castor on the front wheels. Obviously if you are running a “live” axle at the rear you have no rear adjustments other than to make sure that the triangulation is right ,which of course is important on all cars.If the triangulation is out the car will go down the road like a crab (you know).

Watch here for Question and answer sessions with Carroll Shelby himself (if I can get it right,I’m working on it)


June 29, 2007 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. Wow!!! I would LOVE to able to ask Carroll Shelby questions! I would konw where to start…

    Comment by Joe | June 29, 2007 | Reply

  2. What would 1.5 degree toe in be equal to in inches???

    Comment by John | June 29, 2007 | Reply

  3. Hi John ,1.5 degree’s would translate into 0.36″ on a 15″ wheel.Most alignment techs will tell you that sounds a lot, but if you have the negative camber at 1.5 degrees you will get even tire wear and great handling with this setup.Please leave feedback once you’re done.Good luck

    Comment by John Maddison | July 1, 2007 | Reply

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