Return to Center Steering Tutorial . . Here it is, my return to center steering tutorial. First off, return to center is really simple, so to make this tutorial longer, I've decided to add all the steering alignment terms, and what they mean. They are:
to have camber, look at your vehicle from the front, now imagine a line drawn through the center of your tire. This is the camber line.
As shown by the picture above, you can have positive camber,(+) negative camber,(-) or no camber (0). Camber can affect your tire wear, and the friction of the tires to the road. If you have too much camber, the tires only grip with the edges, reducing traction.
Look at your vehicle from the side, and imagine a line drawn through the center of the tire. Caster is the angle at which the tie rods are mounted realitive to the axle.
Caster, as with camber can have positive and negative angles. On real vehicles, caster is one way to get the wheels to return to center. A positive caster angle is put on the tie rods, and the weight of the vehicle forces the wheels back to center.
I have already covered this one, but I'll briefly go over it again. The toe is viewed from the top or bottom of the vehicle. Toe in, refers to the tires angling toward the front center of the vehicle. Toe out, the tires are angled away from the front center of the vehicle.
Now for the return to center steering. For our purposes, the easiest thing to do is put rubber bands on your steering arms. Make sure they are mounted at an angle tho, or else your steering will not return to center. This is only one way to have the steering return to center, but there are many other ways.
You maybe wondering why should I add this to my vehicle? It makes your vehicle easier to control, and more stable.
Thanks for looking!