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Old 02-01-2009, 05:31 PM
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How much can you adjust camber without a kit?

I'm considering doing a 350z suspension with coupe springs in the rear on my sedan which will give me 1" drop up front and 1/2" in rear. Will a alignment shop be able to get the camber back to factory spec on a mild drop like this?
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On most suspensions, each one inch drop increases negative camber by 0.83 degrees. Half inch is half that or ~-0.4 degrees.

Lowering also changes the bump steer from the change in angle of tie rods........you can adjust the toe but not bump steer without tie end to hub spacers to correct angle......1" drop means a 1" spacer to keep tie rods parallel to ground/road.

Lowering also change the static point on camber curve and that cannot be fixed without relocating suspension arm attachment point on body.

Fixing alignment never solves all the problems with lowering.
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So you are saying there is 0 factory camber adjustment? My main concern is camber wear on the tires. I thought maybe there would be a factory adjustment for minor camber correction.
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Any good alignment shop will be able to get your car back into spec. with the z/coupe springs with no additional parts required.
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It will be close to the extreme negative side but that mild of a drop should be ok.
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I just stopped by an alignment shop and they told me that the front has no camber adjustment whatsoever. So if I'm already getting slight camber wear on the stock suspension, lowering would only make it worse. The rears are adjustable so no problem there.

So now I'm torn on wether to drop and deal with premature tire wear or leave it stock. I've read here that z/coupe springs can be brought back to factory spec, but don't know how thats possible with no camber adjustment up front.
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ya there is nothing you can really do in the front unless you have the front camber kit, but with 1 inch drop in the front you will be ok, you can only adjust the toe if you don't have a camber kit
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Thanks for all the input guys. So if I'm already getting slight camber wear up front, dropping it is gonna be alot worse so I really don't know what to do. Aren't camber kits really pricey?
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I would check with some vendors in the market place thet always have some good deals going on some camber kits
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Remember when you load up car with driver and passenger the body drops 1/2-1" so the camber is always worse than an unloaded alignment.

If you care about tire wear always load the car with people [2] or sandbags while aligning.
It's the little thinks that count.
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Remember when you load up car with driver and passenger the body drops 1/2-1" so the camber is always worse than an unloaded alignment.

If you care about tire wear always load the car with people [2] or sandbags while aligning.
It's the little thinks that count.
I almost always drive alone, but thats excellent advice. Thanks!

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