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Old 08-19-2005, 01:41 PM   #1
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Camber correction control arms

Not too long ago someone indicated they bought the new upper control arms that are designed to reduce camber and thus tire wear. Sorry, can't remember who it was. Maybe ther are others out there who have done this swap.

TSB 03-13-5 indicated that Ford will only replace the control arms if camber can't be adjusted to less than -2.3 degrees and the car is still in "Basic Warranty Coverage" (thats the 36K miles limitation).

Our car is at -1.8 degrees and inside tread wear is showing. The new arm is suppose to reduce camber by about one degree (meaning the new upper control arm should be a little longer than the stock one). This seems like a worthwhile consideration even if I have to pay for and do the install myself. I've looked at some online ford parts sites and none have a listing for the part number (3S4Z-1A154-AA). I'm curious if anyone knows what the cost of the new arm is and if it, in fact, did reduce the rear camber by a degree as referenced in the TSB.

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Old 08-19-2005, 02:09 PM   #2
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God I wish I had your camber...
Don't waste another minute waiting on parts, or anything else. Just get out there and start racing! You will suck at first, and you will be slower than many other cars, but the only thing you will regret is not starting earlier...
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Old 08-19-2005, 05:56 PM   #3
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I mentioned that i needed it done a while back and a local shop here quoted me 60 dollars for each control arm, but that is not ford pricing they look around to get me a good deal, i believe b16sir is his name told me he could get them for like 80 or so if i am right, i would contact him and see about it other than that i would contact a local shop you trust if there is not one you know enough to get a deal then just call and get pricing, you will probably find them cheaper and i would be willing to say that labor would be cheaper as well.
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I'm assuming here, that you're referring to REAR negative camber - hence the already mentioned TSB. If so, then I recently purchased a pair of "kits". You need 2 x (3S4Z-1A154-AA) - that will give you two arms and two bolts per arm.

See my post here

FYI, these new upper control arms gave my ZTW 1.5 degrees of camber. Bear in mind, the wagon has its quirks in the rear suspension, but, you can rest assured that you'll get at least a degree back.

I went from -2.5/-2.8 in the back to a more respectable -1.0/-1.5
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The rear bolts will give you 1 degree of adjustment ( I used them ) and only go for $30

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Thanks everyone. For what its worth, I found that the dealers charge $114.00 each. I found one on line price for about $85.00 each. That was the lowest after lots of searching. I have to agree that the rear bolts sound like the best economic choice.

Our problem is pure camber as toe has been at minimum (toe in) specs. My goal is to get the rear camber to about 1 degree negative. That should solve the tire wear issue and not impact handling. We don't solo this car (it is a good rally cross car) so optimum camber is not necessary.

Please note that the Ford's alignment specs do not assure even tire wear. They are simply a range of specs that will not adversely impact safe handling. 2.2 to 2.3 degrees of negative chamber is hard on any tire on any car (Focus or otherwise). While yes this is great for motorsports it can take its toll on a street driven car. It can also be more pronounced on wider tires.
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