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Old 09-11-2012, 11:23 AM   #1
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02 focus rear camber issues?

I've got a 2002 ford focus and the rear camber on this thing is ridiculous! I don't see how they can get that to align out all the way. It looks like the dang wheels are going to fall inwards? Anyone else run into this issue??


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Old 09-11-2012, 12:42 PM   #2
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Yes, Ford even had a recall I think (too late now)

Camber bolts or adjustable upper rear control arms will solve it.

Is your car lowered? That makes it worse.
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I've been doing some research and it seems to be a quite common issue. The car is stock height and stock all the way around actually. Just my economy car but the tires are wearing in the back badly and the tires are tilted in.

i saw steeda makes some camber bolts for it... http://www.steedafocus.com/parts/for...amber-kit.html

Or Moog makes some highly adjustable control arms too.
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There are several manufacturers of camber arms.
If you buy the cheapest ones you see on ebay, keep your stockers to put back on.

I had some adjustable camber arms that I removed, they had sloppy thread fit and wouldn't stay tight worth a crap.

Rear camber + toe issues will kill tires fast. Camber only, not as bad.
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Yes, the Focus (1st and 2nd gens at least) often have too much camber in the rear. The initial Ford specs allowed up to -2.33 degrees! My 03 was delivered with -1.8 degrees and I've heard of other FF members cars delivered with even more. The bigger issue is that it was non-adjustable so you're more or less stuck with what they gave you. That amount of camber combined with even moderate amounts of toe will eat tires.

One degree of negative camber can be easily seen, so don't let looks alone determine whether you have too much. Yes, Ford had a service bulletin but it was only applicable to cars that "exceeded" the maximum allowable negative camber spec. My guess is that they didn't have to provide to many free redesigned upper control arms (the solution per the service bulletin). These cars seem to respond well to a maximum of 1.5 to 1.6 degrees of negative camber as long as proper toe settings are also used. As mentioned above, an aftermarket camber adjustment devices are almost always needed.
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There's also a camber shim plate that goes between the trailing arm and the wheel hub.

It will give you 1 degree (or 1/2 with the smaller plate)

The camber bolts will give you another 1/2 degree.

So you can get 1 1/2 degrees without going to the expensive control arms.......
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where can you get the camber plates at?
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where can you get the camber plates at?

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search term 'alignment' on their site
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