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Old 01-23-2015, 11:00 AM   #1
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So I lowered my car and I could visibly see that the camber on my car was off, so I took it in to get an alignment. It turns out that I have 2.4 degrees on one side and 1.8 on the other. This is after the mechanic tried to pull out as much camber as possible. Since my car is a daily driver and is never tracked or autocrossed I would like to pull out some of the camber. Unfortunately I'm a college student and don't have the money to spend on camber plates, so would camber bolts work? If I installed camber bolts, would I have to be careful with my car? I've heard that the are somewhat fragile.
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I haven't heard that they were fragile. But the bolts have limitations for how much they can be adjusted. The plates have a lot more adjustment in them and are probably a little more accurate.
How much is your car lowered? Are your numbers after the mechanic adjusted as much as possible or was that before he messed with it?
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The numbers are from afterwards. I'm lowered about 2 inches.

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Camber bolts are supposed to be good for +/- 1.75 degrees. 2 inches is a pretty good drop, probably need plates, not all plates have the same adjustment. Did you install an adjustable panhard bar? You will need one to adjust your rear axle, it's not centered anymore after a 2 inch drop.
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I would still like to have roughly 1 degree of camber, so I could just use the camber bolts right? I was just mainly worried about the durability of camber bolts.

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Not to say people haven't broken them, but I haven't heard anyone with that problem. But it's a daily driver, so you're not racing. Track racing would put a ton of stress on camber bolts.
It would be a lot better than what you have now, until you could spend the cash on plates.
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I also don't have a panhard bar, like you mentioned before, I haven't been able to tell a difference and my thrust angle was on off by a tenth of a degree, so do I still need to worry about it?

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The difference is the distance from the tire to the fender will be different on the rears. The stock panhard bar is not adjustable, so as you lower the car, it pushes the entire axle towards the drivers side. It will affect handling.
Do you still have stock LCA's in the rear? With a 2" drop, you would need adjustable ones or relocation brackets. If you have stock, getting aftermarket makes a huge difference in wheel hop and traction. If you get aftermarket, get adjustable ones since you're lowered.
If you just lowered it for aesthetics and it's DD only, you may not notice too much. But all those changes alter the geometry of the rear end and hurt handling and potentially tire wear.
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I've been running the bolts for 25k+ miles...so far no issues with a 1.5in drop. Only racing it's seen is straight line


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I just picked up two camber bolts from O'Reilly. They came with a lifetime warranty so if they brake It should be covered. But after talking to you guys I'm not worried about it

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Cool. Sounds good.


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I used camber bolts when I installed my SR springs back in September and haven't had any issues at all. Just be sure to the alignment shop torqued them all the way down or else you'll have an awful clunk when you hit the brakes and the weight transfers. Believe me I know lol, other than that zero issues out of mine!


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I got the bolts installed and had another alignment done. Everything worked out, thanks for your help guys.

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I got the bolts installed and had another alignment done. Everything worked out, thanks for your help guys.

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