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Old 12-25-2013, 10:14 PM   #1
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camber--control arms or plates

i am lowered on my svt and camber in the front is out os specs and eating up tires. i do not do any racing. should i get some camber plates or cfm tubular control arms? not really wanting to spend 500 to do arms but if thats the best route.... if i did the plates, do they affect ride height? if i do the arms i read something about reusing some sleeve and needing to use a press? if thats the case i dont know that i want to get them. all help is appreciated


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Old 12-26-2013, 12:36 AM   #2
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How much camber do you need?

I modified the strut tower to get 1 degree.....


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I'm not sure I fully understand what exactly was done, the pictures basically don't mean anything to me lol
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But yes one degree of adj would be plenty I think I'm a little over 2degrees negative and needs to be under 2 I believe, can't really remember
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basically he slotted the holes on top of the strut towers so that he could move the upper strut mounts outward to adjust for the camber. Cheap and easy way to adjust for camber. I do this to my race cars, but I go the other way, to get more camber instead of taking it away. Also, did you have an alignment done after lowering the car? Usually it's the toe settings being out of spec that chew up the tires, not the camber. I have a friend that has 2.5 degrees of camber on his car, and it doesn't really affect the tire wear much, if at all. He was eating through tires when his toe was out, though.

As for not understanding the pictures, if you look where I put an arrow, you will see where one of the holes was slotted outwards to move the strut mount out.
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Yea it's been aligned a few times and toe is always close to 0 where it should be, I always have terrible wear on the inside edge
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Your toe is causing the inner tire wear.
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So if it's toe causing the wear then what do I need to set it at, as it's already around 0 I believe
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Or actually maybe it's closer to one I can't remember....but I from what I've read I didn't think that the camber was the issue and that a little negative camber is actually great for handling but every time I get it aligned the toe seems to be right on so I don't know what the deal is
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I just reread everything and misread your earlier post. I thought you said camber was basically 0. If you can get a print out up that would help.

Close to 0 toe should be ok. I believe my last alignment was 0.1 toe out in the front and I had no wear issues. My front camber is negative 2-2.8 degrees(I can't remember exactly) my rear is between negative 1.3-1.8 degrees. i don't get any excessively noticeable camber wear on any of my tires.
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