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Old 02-16-2005, 09:52 PM   #1
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Red face Rear Camber input for Sedans

Ok, I don't mean to start up another rear camber debate, but I do have some good input for people who might be running the same vehicle set up as myself.

Just had Eibach Pro-Kit springs and dampers installed on my 02 ZTS. I also have 17" SVT wheels with 215/45r17 tires on them. I've been taking my car to this tire/brake/susp shop for three years to have oil changes, tire rotations, brake work, alignment and etc... These are my first mods. I trust them as they don't use gimmicks or inflate labor cost. When I picked up the car after the suspension was installed, the tech that did the work came out to me and mentioned my rear camber. He said it tested to specs, but that it was 'barely' with in manufacturer's specs. He said there was no problems with the front, but the rears were really close to being out of spec. He suggested that I should install a rear camber kit to ensure the rear wheels stay with in spec without have to realign them at every rotation. He laughed and said he didn't want me to end up like some punk pushing a mid-90's integra withcut springs and 15 degrees of negative camber.

Like I said, my intent is not to start another crusade over rear camber. It's just an FYI for anyone thinking about a set up similar to mine and what a trusted mechanic/technican mentioned. I'm going to break down and spend the $40 and have 'em thrown on at my next regulary scheduled tire rotation.


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Old 02-16-2005, 10:02 PM   #2
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Thanks for the low-down....I'll be ordering the same kit tomorrow, except I'll be going with the Sportlines. Would you happen to know if I would be able to go a week or two without an alignment and rear camber kit?
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Thanks for sharing that ZTS, it's good to know.

And TM3, one week won't kill you, it might drive a little funny and I wouldn't do anything stupid or risky (not like you should be in the habit of doing stupid stuff...). For Sportlines you will undoubtedly need camber bolts to get into spec, whenever you do get it aligned.

Is there a specific reason you would wiat wait a week or two? Because you definitely don't need to wait for the springs to settle for that time... I've heard good quality ones are pretty much settled immediately, but the car rides a little high from being worked on sometimes.
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Lil PZEV: Thanks for the input......I dont have a reason for waiting a week or two...Im just trying to cover all my "what-ifs." I'll most likely be getting the alignment the day after I install the springs/dampers.
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Oh ok, that's probably your best bet. But if for some reason you can't, just dont' drive excessively, you should be alright.
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SO the Fronts will be fine, with sportlines? and i will most likely only need the rears?
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My install was for PRO-KIT. I have no idea about the Sportlines.
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