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Old July 10th, 2007, 03:14 AM   #1
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front camber kit

i have a 1.5 finger gap all around. my front doesn't have any camber problem. i was wondering if i get the ingalls ball joint kit would it help me take corners better? like keep the geometry of the suspension from going bad under load?
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Old July 14th, 2007, 07:54 AM   #2
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In theory, the answer is yes.

The idea of putting a little negative camber on then nose is that when you're cornering hard you are going to end up with more tread on the ground on the loaded side of the car.

Don't go too heavy on the front camber with a street driven car because you are increasing the bite under load and the car will corner much faster in emergency situations. You have to be prepared for it.

You will not get camber wear if you stay under 3 degrees negative, and my advice would be to just introduce very mild camber to offset the natural camber increase on the rear. Maybe 1.5 degrees to 2 degrees negative.

After you get the camber you want, make sure you get a very good four-wheel laser alignment from someone who will take the time to do it right and ensure the car's overall thrust angle is correct. You don't want the wheel crooked or get the feeling at high speeds that the front and rear alignments are fighting each other.
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wow an answer i thought this thread was going to die thanks George firestone wouldn't be a good place would it? cuz i got lifetime alignment there.
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There are old legacy Firestone stores that don't have a lot of equipment, and they don't have good employees. But there are certainly good stores with good laser alignment equipment, people who know how to use it and people who care about what they're doing.

I get my car aligned at a shop next to the Brandy Station state police outpost, where they are accustomed to having to get a car completely well aligned after interesting off road excursions.

Try to ask around for some place in your part of the world where race car drivers take their Honda Challenge cars, or something like that. You want somebody who will take the time to do it right.
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Old July 15th, 2007, 04:40 PM   #5
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There are old legacy Firestone stores that don't have a lot of equipment, and they don't have good employees. But there are certainly good stores with good laser alignment equipment, people who know how to use it and people who care about what they're doing.

I get my car aligned at a shop next to the Brandy Station state police outpost, where they are accustomed to having to get a car completely well aligned after interesting off road excursions.

Try to ask around for some place in your part of the world where race car drivers take their Honda Challenge cars, or something like that. You want somebody who will take the time to do it right.
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