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380SL wheel alignment

I took my 85' 380SL to a local Firestone shop for wheel alignment. Attached is the final report. The technician who worked on the car told me that he can only adjust toe and camber for the front wheels. He could not adjust caster. For the rear left wheel, he could not adjust toe as the rear wheels are not adjustable.

So, I am looking for advise on how and where to adjust front wheel caster and rear wheel toe. Thanks in advance.
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Take it elsewhere... Caster adjustable via same bolts as camber... just gotta know how to manipulate them.

Rear adjustments via offset bushings...

http://www.benzworld.org/forums/r-c1...ml#post4294681

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Take it elsewhere... Caster adjustable via same bolts as camber... just gotta know how to manipulate them.

Rear adjustments via offset bushings...

http://www.benzworld.org/forums/r-c1...ml#post4294681
I think most US alignment places shit a brick when they see the caster spec of 10°. A lot of the older alignment tools wont even go that far.
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I had two different tire places do mine, it still pulls to the left pretty badly. I asked for and recieved my money back on the first one. The 2nd said it takes at least 2 to 3 hours to do it on the MB. He said he hates to see them coming.
Guess I will need to take it to the MB dealer and pay the big bucks for the alignment?
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First mistake was Firestone. I have nothing good to say about them from past experience. I was talking to a friend last night. His daughter had just paid for a lifetime alignment on an Audi. He went to change the oil and found that both outer tie rod ends were shot. He replaced them and called Firestone, with a few choice words, and placed them in the trunk. New alignment was supposed to be today.

Firestone can't align a 107 properly. Take it to MB.
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...Take it to MB.
Even then, pay attention, and go armed with the specs. Not every MB dealership will be hip to a 107.

Were you closer, I'd recommend an indy who helps me from time to time.

Good luck sorting this out.

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Take it elsewhere... Caster adjustable via same bolts as camber... just gotta know how to manipulate them.

Rear adjustments via offset bushings...

http://www.benzworld.org/forums/r-c1...ml#post4294681
Googled offset bushings...but cannot find them. Anyone knows where to buy them for a 380SL?
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search this forum... Issue was discussed recently, but I can't recall...

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