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King pin inclination is not the same as caster. Adjusting caster will have no effect on tire wear.

CASTER ANGLE. When viewed from the side of the wheel, the caster angle is the degree to which the kingpin or ball joint tilts forward or rearward in relation to the frame.Like the camber angle, the caster angle is also measured in degrees. It is shown by a line drawn straight up and down,and then a second line drawn through the center of the kingpin or pivot points. The caster angle is the angle formed at the point where the two lines cross, as viewed from the side of the vehicle.

Caster is a directional control angle, but not a tire wearing angle. Positive caster causes the vehicle to steer in the direction in which it is moving. This is called an automatic steering effect; for instance, the forward momentum of a vehicle tends to keep wheels with positive caster in the straight-ahead position. After rounding a turn, this causes the wheels to return to a straight-ahead position when the driver releases the steering wheel. This automatic steering effect is also called self-righting or self-centering action. Positive caster makes the turning of the steering wheel more difficult, whereas negative caster turns more easily, but will cause the vehicle to wander.
correct,good post.
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Thank you for clarifying Randy. I didn't know it would make things confusing. Also, if I remember right (please correct me if I'm wrong), but the geometry in the front axle, (also not adjustable) allows one wheel to turn sharper on a turn, allowing the tires to remain inline?
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From some of the original posting, it seemed like the inclination was being changed. At least it's clarified as to what is being changed. Thanks!
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Jim,what your talking about is Ackerman,its not changeable either!
and it does allow one wheel to turn more than the other when you turn a corner.
Ackerman is different for every vehicle..

This is a cool thread,but it gets complicated trying to talk about it,what we need to do is get some chalk,and a redneck laser at the next rally and draw it out in a parking lot somewhere.
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From some of the original posting, it seemed like the inclination was being changed. At least it's clarified as to what is being changed. Thanks!
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Jim,what your talking about is Ackerman,its not changeable either!
and it does allow one wheel to turn more than the other when you turn a corner.
Ackerman is different for every vehicle..

This is a cool thread,but it gets complicated trying to talk about it,what we need to do is get some chalk,and a redneck laser at the next rally and draw it out in a parking lot somewhere.
Randy,
Tech. Talk Topic at Q, or might take too much time?
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we can do it at "Q",a few hours is all we need,and a large spot in the sand!
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Maybe I'm just too tired, but this thread just went completely over my head!!
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thats why its better if we have room to draw it all out.
Its simple really,but confusing to talk about it!
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