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Old 09-25-2008, 11:42 PM   #1
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Question Do I need adjustable control arms or will camber bolts be enough?

First of all, thanks in advance to everyone who shares their knowledge on this forum, you are generous people and I've learned a lot from all the posts so far!

I'm still unsure on the following, though: which part/parts will I need to correct the camber and/or toe problems on my focus? Do I need adjustable control arms or will camber bolts be enough? Do I need anything else? I haven't seen any alignment specs posted for wagons, so hopefully someone will have some insight...

Car is a 2001 SE Wagon, just installed Spax springs & dampers for ~1.5" drop. Took it in for alignment and asked the mechanic for "minimum allowed toe-in and camber" for the rear (Thanks Geezer!). The mechanic came back afterward telling me I need camber bolts and that he couldn't get it into spec. Also, do I need to worry about the front at all?

Here are the numbers:

            Camber                  Toe                    Caster
      Initial      Final       Initial      Final        Initial      Final
    --------  --------  --------  --------  --------  --------
FL   -1.2*     -1.2*       0.20"     -0.05"       3.3*       3.4*
FR   -1.4*     -1.4*       0.10     -0.05      3.0*       3.1*
RL   -1.8*     -1.8*       0.20      0.10
RR   -2.0*     -1.8*       0.20      0.10

Thrust Angle:  Initial -0.1*    Final 0.0*
Thanks again everyone!

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