Camber gets somewhat of a bad rap within the automotive industry.
The typical premature wear pattern people notice on a lowered car is due to excessive inner tire wear.
The reality is that a bad toe setting will wear tires much faster than camber will.
Actually, camber can be a very good thing.
Can camber be adjusted?
When to Adjust Camber
Camber problems usually show up as handling or tire wear problems. Usually, all four wheels will feature some negative camber, and a vehicle will tend to pull to the side that has the most positive camber. Camber may need to be adjusted if your usage scenario demands better cornering performance.
How much camber does a car need?
Typical camber on modern vehicles is from 0 to 2 degrees negative (in at the top), while many classic cars (50’s to 70’s) used 0 to 1 degree positive camber (out at the top).
How does camber affect a car?
Negative camber is implemented so that when the car is cornering and the wheel is rolling over and gaining positive camber (from body roll, not suspension travel), the static negative camber should correct whatever effect leaning and lateral load have on the wheel and tire; resulting in a near-upright tire and the
Why do people put camber on cars?
Most people will adjust their cars for negative camber, this way during hard cornering when the tire deforms on the vertical axis you get the largest amount of rubber on the road. Most tuners overdo this past performance and into the realm of looking good. The tilt of the wheel is known as the camber angle.
How do you adjust camber?
Small metal shims are needed to do any camber adjustment. Loosen the upper control arm where it meets the shock tower. Place a 1/32 inch shim for every 1/2 degree of camber that is needed. Tighten the upper control arm and replace the tire.
Do you adjust caster or camber first?
With front-end alignments, correct caster and camber adjustments first. With caster and camber adjusted, then adjust toe angles. • Restart the car, remove the steering wheel lock, turn the steering wheel back and forth a couple times, then re-center and replace the steering wheel lock.
Does an alignment fix camber?
When this is not in specification it will cause the inside edge of the tire (negative camber) or the outside edge of the tire (positive camber) to wear faster than the rest of the tread. Toe angle: Toe angle is the most commonly needed alignment adjustment. If your feet are perfectly straight, that would be zero toe.
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