Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Portland Oregon
Re: Wheel Alignment Super Thread
Hey guys, I work for a tire store and Alignment work is what I do all day long. I will tell you that Tire maintenance is as critical as the alignment settings. I drive a 04' 2.0 sedan. Eibach drop. I believe it is 1.3" I can't remember for sure...it's the taller of the two kits they offer. Any way my specs are -1.3 camber front, -2.8 rear, -.016 toe front, 0.0 rear. The caster, and camber is not adjutable without some mods. I have not found any front camber kits as of yet, but there are some nice upper adjutable arms for the rear although I don't personally believe you need them as long as you take care of your tires. Granted I work at a tire store, and can flip my tires around at no charge, but usually you can get a pair flipped and balanced for around 50.00 . I run 245/45/17 Toyo P4's and got 45k miles on them. when I replaced them there was still 3/32's of tire left. I rotated every 5k miles and every other rotation I flipped the tires going to the front. If you take care of your tires you can still run agressive settings and get good tire wear.
As for the AutoCross camber settings... it really depends on how you drive and how "Loose" you like your car to feel.. the more Posative the rear camber the more oversteer you will creat do to a "Loose" rear end. The same can be done by playing with your air PSI and save alot of money on camber kits and alignments. When we AutoX I run Toyo 235/40/17 RA1's with 45psi front and 28psi rear. The numbers change for the rain, but if I am understeering all I do is increase the rear PSI and "Wala" oversteer. I personaly like a more neutral feel. Not a big fan of spinning the car as my 3,500.00 repair to the rear of the car showed me...lol
Hope this is helpful
04' Mazda 3i 2.0 Eibach pro kit and swaybars, Pedders rear Toe links, AWR endlinks, Koni Yellow,Energy suspension Hyperflex kit, K&N CAI, Corksport CAT Back and Strut tower bar, HID conversion, Hawk Hp's, Enkei RPM II 17x8 45mm Toyo R1R 245/35/17, Short Shift, TB Ground Mod, Timing Mod, TB Coolant Bypass Mod.