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Old 11-12-2015, 10:48 AM   #1
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Rear camber alingment issue after lowering etc (Steeda help maybe?)

So I took the car to a good place with a 35 year rep. They seem to be able to align anything. Anyway after lowering adjustable toe links, vert links, sways, subframe support braces and the alignment kit, I'm stuck at -2.4 rear camber on one side (off spec by just a bit). I cannot afford to wear tires prematurely.

I also have the rear diff bushing inserts in rear 2 only, and three of four alignment inserts in. I plan to finish these efforts but don't know if that could be contributing. For one thing the rear alignment insert would line up perfectly. The forward diff bushing inserts don't seem to affect either but I don't know.

Anyway. This is a new suspension and nothing was easy about it. I think it's one of those rear subframes that came out of alignment. This is why I think so: The forward driver subframe bolt was extremely difficult to replace and the passenger support brace was almost as difficult. The bolts wouldn't line up without great difficulty. Also the vertical link was a bear (bottom bolt). Also I realized late that one of the rear springs isn't placed exactly right. It's rotated by about .5 inch. I am concerned about redoing due to great difficulty experienced w that subframe bolt that would have to be taken out again. Do not want to cause more problems.

The alignment shop foreman suggested that camber adjustment kit should be available. I don't believe there is one or if there ever will be for the rear. I cannot to imagine how aligning the front could impact the rear camber so he must have been talking rear.

Any legit help or discussion would be appreciated. Thanks!

Options on table at this point... Take to dealer. (Not exactly desired but....). Could it be the spring or other items?
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I installed all Steeda parts, Progressive springs, vertical links, adjustable toe links, differential bushings, subframe alignment inserts and the IRS kit. I did all work myself and I did have to move cradle around a little to get the alignment bushings all in. I then brought car to have aligned at what I thought reputable tire shop and after about 1-1/2 hr they finished. When I asked for final readout paper they did not have??? Car seemed to drive OK but wheels looked a little off. After the shop that installed my Whipple test drove they told me something did not seem right so I let them check alignment. It was way off but they easily corrected it and now much better.. Seems like the tire shop of many years did NOT know what they were doing!!! At least on my car.
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Old 11-18-2015, 09:26 PM   #3
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Dealer aligned it. Suggested after mkt strut plates.
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always require a print out, if they "forget" to do the print out suggest they set up machine again and print before you pay..they are a lot of jack leg alignment " so called" tects out there
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ALLY, good call.
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Sorry I didn't see this early ... you posted around SEMA time!

Our camber plates don’t include caster adjustment ... the car has several degrees of camber straight from the factory.

Did you get your alignment resolved?

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Sorry I didn't see this early ... you posted around SEMA time!

Our camber plates don’t include caster adjustment ... the car has several degrees of camber straight from the factory.

Did you get your alignment resolved?

Best Regards,

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Good morning! The dealer was able to correct rear camber. Not sure how they did it but it was a 250 job plus the initial alignment cost of 129 from the other shop. The dealer made a huge difference in overall steering response as well. After we lowered it, the steering was heavier (harder to turn wheel a bit). Now it's more like stock. I will eventually add caster camber plates.

Thanks!
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