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Author Topic:   FWD Camber Adjustment
Terry Dreyer
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 22
posted June 01, 2005 07:32 PM  
I've just replaced the front struts on '89 Cavalier that I am setting up for dirt track. I want to put -6 degrees camber in right front(top of wheel tilted inward) but it looks like there's only about -2 degrees adjustment available with the slotted bottom mounting hole in the strut. How do I get more adjustment? Has anyone elongated the bottom mounting hole to give more adjustment? Any other ideas?

I plan on adjusting LF to about +3 degrees camber so I may have a problem getting this adjustment also.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

racerman707
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 374
posted June 03, 2005 05:05 PM  
Have you tried moving the top of the strut in? Also if you can't get enough camber they're are places that will grind the tread on the tires to help camber.

Terry Dreyer
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 22
posted June 04, 2005 07:41 AM  
Racerman,

Probably a stupid question but how can I move top of strut in? There are 3 bolts that protrude through a plate that sits on top of the coil spring & these 3 bolts can only be mounted one way. There is no adjustment that I can see for the top end of the strut.

DJR22
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 111
posted June 04, 2005 12:48 PM  
If your rules would allow you can make an adjustable camber plate to replace the stock mounting setup. Thats what I have, it just takes some thinking and ingenuity to make.

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racerman707
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 374
posted June 07, 2005 06:29 PM  
Cut it and move the whole tower in, slot the holes, whatever you have to do to get the camber you need (within the rules of course).

o5racer
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 402
posted June 08, 2005 08:18 PM  
I do alignments on these cars(street use) all the time. Getting 3 degrees on the left and right shouldnt be a problem with some minor grinding. On the left losen the two strut bolts and tip the spindle out. grind the bottom bolt hole to the inside untill the knuckle hits the strut. If you need more grind the top hole to the outside. It doesent take much at the strut bolts to get alot of adjustment at the wheel.
For the right side 6 degrees seems like a lot. Is the car rolling over that much? With the right side tipped in all the way how much room is there between the inside of the tire and the strut? That will be the determining factor in how much you can grind at the two bottom bolt holes. You can grind the upper mounting bolts in but I dont know if you will get much more that a degree. Jack the car up and see how much there is between the inside of the spring and the inner fender. If you have an inch there go to the top and drill 3 new holes that far in. You will have to cut a new center hole to clear the strut mount. Depending on your rules you could extend the lower arm slightly. Before you start find somewhere on the halfshaft and make a good measurement between the inner joint and the outer joint. The left side is going to extend slightly as the camber is pulled out. The right side os going to compress as the wheel is tipped in.see how far the right axle compresses after it is tipped in and extend the lower arm that same amount. that will get you some more camber and keep your halfshaft close to stock length. You really dont want them to pull apart or bottom out when racing.
Nick

Wapello_Steve
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 5
posted June 08, 2005 09:46 PM  
I agree with 05racer, that is great info for you but with that much neg camber your gonna have lots of pressure on the ball jt and the tulip in the cv joint.
you may try and move the lower sub frame a tweek and try to get some caster in the setup to help you as well.

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