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Old 04-25-2003, 21:05   #1 (permalink)
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Camber kit, Do I need one?

Hi,

Just got the AU serviced at MIDAs and they found that the front tyres were scrubbing out on the inside.

The guy suggested fitting a camber kit as a way to fix the issue. I called up a tyre place - Tempe tyres and they said it wouldn't make a difference as AU's have this problem of wearing on the inside.

As usual - who the hell do you beleive? Is MIDAS tyring to do me up some business, does tempe tyres want me to scrub out more tyres and replace them more regulary than they need?

The AU is just a standard fotre but now has the tickford suspension kit at the service.
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Old 04-25-2003, 21:50   #2 (permalink)
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Ask Midas for the camber reading, they must have it if they say you need the kit.

then check it against the factory spec.

I get the same thing. Service centre says get kit (and he is a friend!), take it for new tyres and they say no, camber/caster is fine irregular tyre wear was due to incorrect toe.
Tyres are wearing fine!!
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Old 04-26-2003, 00:28   #3 (permalink)
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ive got a camber kit on mym car and it didnt make a difference to tyre wear until i got my mate to do a proper alighnment and fix up the toe, now it handles brilliant and tyre scrubbing has gone its a worthwhile investment for handling as well
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Old 04-26-2003, 05:22   #4 (permalink)
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camber kit on my ed helped tyre wear coz the wheels were sittin on an angle rubbin the sides the camber kit helped this
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I have a camber kit for my NB but it kept loosing its cambers settings and killing tyres until I fitted a strut brace (and sump guard which I think help firm up the front end as well) which stopped the flex in the fenders that the A arms attach to. However, the AU is meant to have solved these problems with its improved front end.
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the camber & caster on the front end is adjustable as well as toe adjustment
it is done by fitting or removing shims that are behind the upper control arm pivots
they are a little hard to see as thay are inbetween the upper arm pivot bracket & the strut tower
the ford shims are from memory in sizes of 1.4mm, 3.0mm & 5.0mm
have a look on the inside of the engine bay where the pivot bolts run through the tower if you have thread hanging through the nut you have room to make a positive camber adjustment, if you need to go more negative on the camber you will need to remove shims evenly from the front & back pivots
let me know what the reading are that you have & if you have shims fitted & also if you have any thread on the inside & i will give you your best options
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the camber & caster on the front end is adjustable as well as toe adjustment
it is done by fitting or removing shims that are behind the upper control arm pivots

they are a little hard to see as thay are in between the upper arm pivot bracket & the strut tower

the ford shims are from memory in sizes of 1.4mm, 3.0mm & 5.0mm

have a look on the inside of the engine bay where the pivot bolts run through the tower if you have thread hanging through the nut you have room to make a positive camber adjustment, if you need to go more negative on the camber you will need to remove shims evenly from the front & back pivots

let me know what the reading are that you have & if you have shims fitted & also if you have any thread on the inside & i will give you your best options
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how much should a camber kit cost?? for an el xr6
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the factory ford one is around the $100.00 mark from memory
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definatley get a camber kit on an AU i have one fitted on mine on advice from the forums as well as the guy who did it and various other sources.
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