Trackace: General Info, Videos, FAQ's:
Trackace Demonstration Video
The Trackace is very simple & quick to use, only taking a few minutes to complete a laser accurate front wheel alignment tracking check!
(Please note this video shows a prototype version)
Trackace General Information
Trackace is the world's first affordable, auto-calibrating, laser accurate, DIY alignment tool. Designed to measure front wheel toe in / toe out wherever you are, at home or at a race track.
The Trackace unit is small for easy storage and transportation. Trackace comes in a storage case, approx 30" x 7.3" x 1.4" (75.5 x 18.5 x 3.5cm) with a weight of approx 2lb 10oz (1.2kg), perfect for a shelf in your garage. Having the unit at home means it is readily available and convenient for use on your road car, or to set up up your competition car before a race or track day.
One of the main concerns with any diagnostic equipment is accuracy. Trackace is accurate to 1' (0.0166.. decimal degree), the Trackace uses a simple two stage process which utilizes a single reversible gauge, placed consecutively on each front wheel.
Calibration of the Trackace unit is automatic, as it is incorporated into the checking process. This means that calibration is ensured every time you use it. Calibration is over a distance of approximately 8 feet (with laser travel of approx 16 feet during calibration). Trackace is the only laser toe measuring equipment that calibrates at a greater distance than its operating distance, thus minimizing errors.
Wheel alignment can be easily become out of specs, especially on roads that are poorly maintained. Once the wheel alignment is out of adjustment, poor tracking will start to cost you money elsewhere on the car. Poor tracking can mean uneven and excessive tire wear, poor handling and increased fuel consumption.
Thanks to the inventor of the Trackace all these problems can be avoided and you can save yourself some money!
The Trackace auto-calibrating laser alignment gauge comes at a price everyone can afford. Having this unit available in your home garage means regular checks can be performed and you can be alerted to any wheel alignment changes before more expensive tire wear issues become a problem. Patented features allow the gauge to auto-calibrate to each vehicle, so you can expect accurate results every time.
No more wasting time driving to the local garage to pay an expensive alignment fee. The Trackace will pay for itself after only a couple of uses. Using the Trackace it is easy for the competent home-mechanic to check and self adjust vehicle front wheel "toe", at home. The benefits of the correct wheel alignment are, optimum tire wear, fuel consumption, and handling.
Requires 2xAAA Batteries. (Batteries Not Included).
Fits most 10" - 22" Wheels / Rims. See the FAQ's for more detailed information
Adjusting Alignment - Guide Videos.
Once you have checked your front end alignment, you may need to adjust it.
These guide videos below explain just how simple
correcting front toe angle actually is.
They are designed to compliment the instructions of the correct maintenance and repair manual for the vehicle.
Adjusting Part 1 - The Basics.
Adjusting Part 2 - The Tie rods (Trackrods) & Adjusting Tips.
Adjusting Part 3 - Centering The Steering.
Adjusting Part 4 - The Toe Angle.
Frequently asked questions.
What is Trackace?
Trackace is a patented laser wheel alignment gauge. A useful tool which allows anyone to check the front end alignment on their car or truck at home. Once the toe angle of the front tires is measured with the Trackace any home mechanic can use this information to adjust the alignment (if required) using common hand tools. Always consult the correct repair manual for your car or truck before attempting an adjustment or repair yourself.
How do I use the Trackace?
A picture is worth a thousand words. The video below demonstrates how quickly and easily you can check front end toe alignment using the Trackace. Also check our Videos page for more videos demonstrating the theory and practice of adjusting the alignment if required. Additionally the Trackace manual in .pdf format is available for download
As always, consult the repair manual for your vehicle, for details and specifications specific to your car / truck.
How accurate is Trackace?
Trackace Laser Alignment Guage is the only gauge that calibrates at a distance larger than its operating distance, which minimizes errors and increases accuracy. With laser precision and good eye sight you can read down to 1 minute of angle difference on the scale. That is 1/60 th of a degree! (0.0167 degree's). On a vehicle with 18" wheels that equates to measuring a difference of close to 1/200th of an inch between the front wheels.
Why should I check and adjust the front wheel alignment.
The front toe angle is very important in determining, tire wear, fuel consumption, and vehicle handling characteristics. A correctly aligned car or truck will have lower fuel consumption and less tire wear, than an identical misaligned vehicle, therefore saving you money. The added benefit is that a correctly aligned vehicle will handle better. Also a misaligned car or truck may also have a steering wheel which is not centered while driving in a straight line.
What makes a vehicle become "out of alignment"
Many factors can change the front end alignment on your car or truck.
Large potholes can knock your alignment out of specification or bend components, wear in the front suspension components can change alignment. Also any time work is done to your vehicles front end or suspension, such as Struts, Springs, tie rods, control arms, bushings, CV joints etc the vehicles wheel / tire alignment should be checked and adjusted as needed.
Tire manufacturers recommend alignment be checked every 6000 miles.
Why not just take my vehicle somewhere to have it checked and adjusted?
An alignment costs $50 to as high as $164 if you want a warranty, that is per vehicle, plus time is lost driving to the mechanic and waiting for your vehicle to be completed. Tire manufacturers recommend alignment checks every 6000 miles, as you can see it can get expensive quickly. If you don't check the alignment, and the alignment is off, it can cost you big bucks for a new set of tires due to increased tire wear.
If you watch the Videos you will see that checking and adjusting the alignment on your own car or truck is not that difficult. Here at AlignYourCar.com we believe if you want something done right, do it yourself.
At $117 the Trackace can pay for itself in just a couple of uses or a couple of cars, plus it is quick, requiring only 2-3 minutes to check the front wheel tracking on a vehicle at home. You therefore save both time and money each time you use it.
Why buy Trackace rather than another product
Trackace is the first and only affordable, DIY, laser accurate, alignment tool, enabling the home mechanic to check front end alignment with this level of accuracy. Competing products are either less accurate, not as quick and easy to use, and/or much more expensive. At only $117 with free shipping to the Contiguous US you will not find another tool this quick and easy to use, and this accurate, at this price.
Why buy from AlignYourCar.com?
AlignYourCar.com is the first and currently only US Distributor for Trackace.
Previously if you wanted to buy a Trackace it had to be ordered from Europe.
Ordering from AlignYourCar.com, a US Distributor, means that you can save money, and get faster delivery.
Ordering from AlignYourCar.com removes the unknowns of international shipping, international credit card fees, estimated exchange rates and unknown customs fees and delays, all of which could increase your cost to more than expected, and give you a less than desirable experience.
Customers outside the US may want to compare our prices on eBay as shipping on the site here is flat rate at the moment, whereas our shipping fees on eBay are calculated per country and delivery method and may work out cheaper for you.
Which wheel do I adjust?
Both equally, center the steering first (if required), then set toe angle by adjusting both tie rods equally. The Video page has five video demonstrations. Reference the correct vehicle maintenance manual for details
Does the Trackace only measure the right hand wheel?
No, Trackace measures total toe, like a commercial gauge. The left wheel is used to zero and calibrate the gauge, the total toe is then read using the right wheel reference.
Do I have to refer to the rear wheels when adjusting tracking?
No, the front wheels should be centered with the steering gear/wheel and have the correct amount of toe. Refer to your vehicle handbook for the correct toe angle for your vehicle.
Can I use Trackace in my business
Trackace is not designed for a commercial environment, it is designed for a vehicle owner to check the alignment of their own vehicles and works very well for that purpose. In a commercial environment where time is money a product designed to measure toe at the same time as it is being adjusted is recommended.
Will the Trackace work on my vehicle.
Trackace works on the vast majority of cars and pickup trucks with certain limitations that apply to only a very few vehicles.
The limiting factors are:
1) The vehicle must not be lower than 100mm (approx 4") in the area just forward of the front wheels. This allow the laser to hit the mirror under the car.
2) The rim of the wheel must be between 10 - 22 inches diameter.
3) Along a level line at a height of 10" above the ground, there should not be any lug nuts or parts of the wheel or tire that protrude more than 1" (out to the side) past the rim of the wheel. This allows the legs to touch the wheel rim without anything interfering with the horizontal mirror bar which sits slightly more than 1" out.
4) Along the same level line at 10" above the ground, the measurement from the rear of the rim to the forward edge of the tire tread should be less than 25". This prevents the tire from blocking the tilting action of the mirror.
The vast majority of cars and trucks fall well within these limits. The vehicles which may have issues and need to be checked are either, lowered using after market products, large Trucks / RV's with convex front wheels, or lifted vehicles with oversized off road tires on large rims.
If you have any questions or concerns about your particular situation or vehicle do not hesitate to contact us.