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Adjusting Camber

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Just want to ask about the different methods of adjusting camber in my 180sx.

 

I have a 1991 S13 180sx SR20DET car came with lowered Kings 2 inches, looks to be standard struts and 17 inch alloys 215/45/17 FR 235/45/17 Rears.

 

I went to get my tyres changed the other week to a nice pair of Faulken’s (chose the Japanese tyre over the cheaper ones paid like $155 each 215/45/17 pretty good) anyway I started to hear scrubbing on the front right pretty much every corner and over bumps (didn’t happen before the new tyres) . So I thought the dude that changed the tyre fu*ked the alignment some how so I went in for a wheel alignment to save the brand spankers, the guy was stunned bout how negative it was. The front left was only 1 degree negative and the front right was like neg 3 degrees. He said something like the rears were real bad too and the fronts looked like they were set to counter the rears (don’t know exactly what he ment).

 

Anyways he said there’s nothing that can be done with the stock control arms etc the most he can move it was only 1 degree each way. So the Front right is still way out (ill get the resulting figures later).. I paid $40 for the alignment but still killing my new tyres. He says the best thing to do is run cheap tyres and that’s it – or get a camber kit. At the time I wasn’t and prob still not 100% sure what exactly a camber kit consists of…..

 

Now ive done some research but theres so much out there it can be confusing. Whats my best option here in regards to the cheapest and easiest option (to fix the front camber – ill deal with the rears some other time).

 

Those adjustable camber plates that go on the top of the strut towers (can these be used with the standard struts, just replace the top?).

Camber Bolts

Adjustable front upper control arm

 

Whats the diff between these, like they all do the same thing yet people opt for different things???…..

Is there anything else I can do to adjust camber?

 

Thanks,

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Mate sounds like your car has suffered in the past.

Go to a good suspension shop such as fulcrum or whoever is rated by other ppl on NS.com forum in your area. They will be able to tell you with a degree of accuracy as to what has been fkt.. Could be your hubs have been bent out of shape, tie rods or rod ends bent, control arms warped, castor rods etc etc. Usually itll be a combination of things but def. get some advice before going out and trying to blindly buy your way out of the problem.

 

Good luck :)

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that kind of difference indicates something might be bent, get a specialist to check your shit, dont bother with mainstream shit, they will bill u for a new front end, get a reputable shop to look.

 

for that kind of difference, i dont reckon ud just get away with just offset bolts.

 

my worry is that even if u get the static alignment right, if something is bent ur dynamic alignment will be completely out of wack, as in when ur suspension goes up and down, the geometry will change differently either side.

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thanks guys some good advice there.

 

Ended up taking it to Pedders suspension for a full report, turns out the main reason why my right camber was so far out is because the knuckle is bent inwards, and all the bushes are worn, few other things too but i cant remember atm. Im still waiting for the actual report to be emailed to me but yea he suggested id be up for bout $1,400.

 

having said that does anyone know where i can get the knuckle from?

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hahaha, i work for a pedders, but i don't endorse there ways, more than likely you have a bent strut

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