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Author Topic:   New arm for a metric?
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 60
posted March 13, 2005 06:54 PM  
Tire on the left front is leaning in too far even after removing all the shims from the control arm. Should I just change the control arm? If so, which one should I use( can't use tubular or adjustable)? Is there anything else I can do to correct this?

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 402
posted March 13, 2005 07:36 PM  
Check your ride heights. If the car is level or the right side is lower it will take camber out or the left front. With the left side 1/2-3/4 inch lower than the right it will tip the top of the tires to the left.

Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 40
posted March 13, 2005 09:51 PM  
Moog sells an offset crossbar. I have one on my left front - got it from

Steve Dupree
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 316
posted March 14, 2005 03:59 AM  
Jack car up under lower control arm and check to make sure ball joints are ok simply after jacking use a bar and lift up and down to see if any play in ball joint and check for any bends in either arm. Maybe it was hit along time ago and the body shop didnt fix it correct.

Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 516
posted March 14, 2005 04:06 AM  
Pull your a arm off and grind a 1/4 inch off the inside of the bar or if you know someone with a machine shop let them mill a 1/4 off.

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 128
posted March 14, 2005 08:33 AM  
Move the upper ball joint out. Trim hole with torch and redrill holes.

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 333
posted March 14, 2005 10:01 AM  
Check to be sure something isn't bent. Arm arms, spindle, ball joints,... and even the frame right there. As o5racer said, check your ride heights also. They make a difference too. We paint all our suspension/steering stuff different colors. After a bump or hit in the front, it is easier (between races) to detect something that is bent. Look for cracked paint.

A thorough inspection of everything should be done before you modify anything, though. If this is a car that you just bought, someone could have put a different lower/upper a arm on it and has changed the left geometry. If you have stock spares, get to looking at each and notice any difference in them. Race on.

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