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Author Topic:   metric front caster/camber
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 199
posted March 21, 2005 03:00 PM  
This coming weekend I will be helping a guy with his car set up. I have experience with the older 73-77 chevlle chassis but not the metric. Any thoughts on a good ball park with caster and camber. This is a pure stock so everything on the front end is factory stock with the exception of the springs I believe they ar lf 1000 and rf 1100. He will be running 1/4 and 3/8 mile tracks med. banking.

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 167
posted March 21, 2005 06:59 PM  
was just going to post the same question any thoughts out there for a starting point.

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 165
posted March 21, 2005 07:27 PM  
What I was told and what I do for the caster is go as much as you can on the RS in the positive direction and then split that difference for the LS. For example if you can get 6 degree positive for the RS the get 3 degress positive for the LS. You can also take a left side upper control arm and use it on the RS to gain more caster. THe more caster you can get the more it helps plant the Left rear when you countee steer the car in the corner. +6 degree for the RS is good and +3 degrees for the LS is good.

Now camber has to do with wheel tilt. This is gonna depend on the banking in the track. If you have more banking, you are going to want more - camber on the RS (Top of the tire leaning towards motor. You should really set the camber using tire temps. YOu want the temps even across the tire. But most of us dont have one of those. For the LS you need to be getting + numbers. Its going to be real hard with stock metric stuff to get very much camber in the LS. You can buy an offset a arm shaft to help you get more + camber in that side. Or, you can cut and reweld the mounting of the upper arm farther outward. This takes alot of grinding and patience so take it like you want to. So as a recap you this is what I would run for a banked track.

Caster +3 +6
Camber +2.75 -2.5

I cut and rewelded the mount to get that much camber in the LS. Dont expect to get anymore than +1 degree in the front. I hope this get you started in the right direction

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 165
posted March 21, 2005 07:28 PM  
Well the chart I made got screwed up when I posted it. Read it from left to right.

Steve Dupree
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 316
posted March 22, 2005 05:57 AM  
Hi there well look in the menu guide at the top of page under tools It will give you a starting point. But this is a good place RF camber -3.5 caster +3.5 or 4.0 LF camber +1.0 to 1.5 caster +1.5 Toe at about a 1/16 to and 1/8. You can use a little more split in caster but will be a little harder to steer back in the corners but that is a drivers choice. Have a good one and look on the tool page...... Steve

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