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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-18-2016, 11:26 PM Thread Starter
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Front passenger camber off

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I lowered my car (09 mz3 2.3L) on koni yellow and H&R springs. Afterwards i did an alignment. The shop was able to get every value in range except for the camber on front passenger tire. The current value is -1.9 deg and the range shows b/w 0.3 deg to 1.7 deg. The guy tried everything to get the camber in range, but couldn't. Please see the attached.
My question is how come every other value is in range except for the camber on the front passenger side. Will having a camber kit help bring the value to the preferred range?

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A camber kit would probably do it but you could also shift the subframe over two tenths to balance both cambers out to -1.7 deg. The actual shift is easy. Hardest part is setting it all up level. Two tenths wouldn't require much of a shift either. Check out my post on the last page of the Wheel Alignment Super Thread in this forum category.

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positive toe... huh.

No need really for a camber kit.
Are you sure he "tried everything"? Because trying everything involves unbolting the top of the strut and moving it around. I bet he didn't touch it, because there is enough adjustment.

To be honest, that's hardly a big deal.
Unless you plan on putting several thousand miles per week on your car, you'll be fine if you continue to rotate your wheels.

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Looking at the before and after readout all that mechanic did was adjust the front toe and nothing else. The left rear toe should have been tweaked as well as the front camber and caster while they were at it.

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Looking at the before and after readout all that mechanic did was adjust the front toe and nothing else.
It really is hard to find an alignment mechanic who will do the job right. Last time I went to one I told him that I have adjustable SPC camber links and toe arms in the rear and he ignored them, preferring instead to just twist the factory eccentric bolts. He put the rear toe in but completely messed up my camber settings. I had to go back and reset them myself. Grrr.

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If you aren't paying over $100 for an alignment each time... chances are you aren't going to get a good alignment lol

That's my general rule of thumb whenever someone has alignment questions, and of course they always come back and have some "lifetime" alignment deal.

Not all places though will touch even the SPC camber arms. They're still difficult to do and get to when the car is on the ground.
Other ones... you just can't do period without removing everything.

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Not all places though will touch even the SPC camber arms. They're still difficult to do and get to when the car is on the ground.
Yeah I know but my cambers where a nice -1.3 deg on both sides. All he had to adjust was the toe links. Instead he used the factory eccentrics. Yeesh.

Paid $85 BTW.

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Yeah, this is why I've just started doing my alignments myself lol

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