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Obzen 02-11-2012 07:49 PM

How to adjust front camber?
 
Got my car aligned and they couldn't figure out how to adjust the front camber. Can someone enlighten me on how to do it? Don't you just loosen the strut knuckle?

GreyLS3SS 02-11-2012 08:40 PM

Id find another shop,because they obviously don't know what they are doing. lower bolts on shock

L99CAMA2011 02-11-2012 08:44 PM

Both bolts on the strut lower connection point needs to be loose the top bold of the 2 can be moved inner or outer until correct camper degree is achieved then tighten. Some shops just shouldn't be in business.

Obzen 02-11-2012 08:50 PM

Well it was a friends place so I gave them
The benefit of the doubt. I figured that was how you do it. I should have just showed them.

L99CAMA2011 02-11-2012 08:53 PM

oh sorry about that didn't mean to insult your friend forgive me. Also I would advise you to take it and get a proper alignment from the dealership or a good shop, guess work is not good here.

Obzen 02-11-2012 08:55 PM

Haha no. Insult away. It was a friend of a friend deal. I wanted it done right! Lol

PfadtRacing 02-13-2012 10:24 AM

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Originally Posted by Obzen (Post 4469338)
Haha no. Insult away. It was a friend of a friend deal. I wanted it done right! Lol

If you're in SD you've got an option of a couple different shops to get it done right. CMS Motorsports in Murietta has a lot of experience with the Camaro and should definitely be able to get your alignment dialed in correctly.

To directly answer your question it's just as the posters above have mentioned, loosen the bolts at the shock mounts and the assembly pivots. It's pretty easy, and similar in adjustment to any other MacPhearson strut assembly. :drinking:

JusticePete 02-13-2012 10:32 PM

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Originally Posted by Obzen (Post 4469045)
Got my car aligned and they couldn't figure out how to adjust the front camber. Can someone enlighten me on how to do it? Don't you just loosen the strut knuckle?

The 5th Gen Camaro, the Pontiac G8, the Pontiac GTO and the new Police Caprice are the easiest cars in the USA to set front camber. You use the camber screw in the knuckle.

http://forums.peddersusa.com/imageho...7fc80cb2b3.gif

It is a 10mm 1.5 pitch screw / bolt.

Loosen both clevis bolts. Use and extension on your socket wrench to reach through the wheel spokes with the alignment heads mounted. Turn it to the right and you decrease camber. Turn it to the left to increase camber. Get it exactly where you want it and tighten the clevis bolts.

It is all in the THE Book on 5th Gen Suspension right here on Camaro5.

JusticePete 02-14-2012 08:15 AM

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Originally Posted by The LSX Dr. (Post 4479855)
:iono:I'm starting to think he may be mistaking Caster and Camber...

There is no caster adjusstment on the 5th Gen as it delivers from the factory. You can use Pedders Caster eXtreme Range Eccentrics to create caster adjustment. Drill holes on either side of the radius arm bolt.

http://forums.peddersusa.com/imageho...7fb69802de.gif

Grind out the material between the holes. Grind all the way to the fence for optimal adjustment range.

http://forums.peddersusa.com/imageho...7fb698d9ac.gif

The slot is good to go on the left, but it needs a bit more material removed on the right. Install Pedders eXtreme Range Caster Bolts. They are sold with 10mm 1.5 Camber screws.

http://forums.peddersusa.com/imageho...7fb699ac94.gif

It is all in the THE Book on 5th Gen Suspension right here on Camaro5.

hypurone 02-14-2012 09:09 AM

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Originally Posted by JusticePete (Post 4479421)
Turn it to the right and you decrease camber. Turn it to the left to increase camber.

HUH? Threading the bolt into the knuckle against the strut (to the right) will push the knuckle out (this causes camber to go positive/increase) and threading the bolt out (to the left) allows the knuckle to move inward (this causes camber to go negative/decrease)....

So I disagree with your wording above unless you meant to say "decrease negative camber" and "increase negative camber"... :iono:

JusticePete 02-14-2012 10:00 AM

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Originally Posted by hypurone (Post 4480613)
HUH? Threading the bolt into the knuckle against the strut (to the right) will push the knuckle out (this causes camber to go positive/increase) and threading the bolt out (to the left) allows the knuckle to move inward (this causes camber to go negative/decrease)....

So I disagree with your wording above unless you meant to say "decrease negative camber" and "increase negative camber"... :iono:

:facepalm:

I must have missed the part of your post where you said thank you for posting a picture showing the location of the camber screw and explaining how to use it. I know you were thinking that so I'll say you're welcome.

Camber is adjusted on an alignment machine, or with plumb-bobs or with camber gauges. The corresponding result of a turn in or turn out of the camber screw will be clear to the technician.

:D

JusticePete 02-14-2012 10:05 AM

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Originally Posted by The LSX Dr. (Post 4480777)
Yes I know there is no caster adjustment from the factory. That was my point. I cannot believe that a alignment tech could not figure out the camber. :iono:

Most technicians rely on the how to adjust section of the alignment machine software. The camber screw is not listed for the 5th Gen nor are the slots in the clevis. The camber screw is not available as a part for the 5th Gen. The use of the camber screw is not in the GM shop manual, or wasn't when last I checked. Slots in a strut are nothing new. Not all cars come with slots for camber adjustment. If they don't and experienced tech will create a slot. To save money, a lot of cars leave the factory without camber and caster adjustment. They have only toe.

Not only did Chevrolet leave out the camber screw, they installed fences for Caster adjustment with a round hole so it cannot be adjusted with grinding.

hypurone 02-14-2012 10:19 AM

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Originally Posted by JusticePete (Post 4480808)
:facepalm:

I must have missed the part of your post where you said thank you for posting a picture showing the location of the camber screw and explaining how to use it. I know you were thinking that so I'll say you're welcome.

Camber is adjusted on an alignment machine, or with plumb-bobs or with camber gauges. The corresponding result of a turn in or turn out of the camber screw will be clear to the technician.

:D

Well, there are those of us who have done alignments for a living and don't need pictures and your explanation was flawed :rolleyes:

You are always so quick to take offense to any correction and can never just deal with it nicely. Like saying "whoops, you know that's right". :facepalm: :facepalm:

JusticePete 02-14-2012 11:55 AM

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Originally Posted by hypurone (Post 4480905)
Well, there are those of us who have done alignments for a living and don't need pictures and your explanation was flawed :rolleyes:

You are always so quick to take offense to any correction and can never just deal with it nicely. Like saying "whoops, you know that's right". :facepalm: :facepalm:

Oh sir, forgive me. Please post your mobile number here in the thread so I and other C5 members can call you for editorial assistance before we post.


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