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I ran into a huge problem (camber issues)

Old 06-20-2012, 07:34 PM
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I have been trying to diagnose why my camber is not equal after doing a coilover swap on my s30. I did the weld in camber plate kit from zccjdm in conjunction with the coilover tube(sleeve) setup. After installing the plates i checked for equal degrees of change on the tops of both towers. They were both within 0.4 to 0.3 of a degree difference between the two. After installing the entire setup i noticed at full droop on the drivers side i was able to get 3 to 4 degrees of neg camber change. However the passenger side at full droop only had about 0.4 degrees of camber change. So I contacted a friend of mine and told him of my problem. He suggested that maybe it can be something bent such as the spindle or even the tube itself. I got wrenching on it today and inspected both spindles. They seemed to be both equal in shape although the side where i was having camber problems showed slight signs of pitting on the outer bearing journal(nothing major). The tubes even seemed to be welded on straight so now im confused as to what could be the problem. . And no i don't have the eccentric bolts that bolt up to the lca's.

The only real worry i have now is if their was frame damage that i cant fix.
i can tell the car was in an accident but it doesnt seem like their is anything major that happened. I even measured up the engine bay to check if it was square and turns out it still is within reason.

If you have any ideas please share so i can fix this problem asap!

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Old 06-27-2012, 09:56 AM
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You didn't say if it is the front or rear. These cars had very suttle changes that aren't even documented very well. Since the car was in an accident it could be replacement parts differ or the frame rails are bent. If you can get the car on level surface and put it up on stands at ride height without wheels you can compare the height of the fender edges and distance to the spindle centers. Then check the parallelism of them to the ground relative to each other. If the error is as much as you say it is then it will be pretty obvious which corner is bad. Or you can take it to a frame shop.
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if you take it to a good frame shop they can put a laser on it and tell you if you have a problem. my 96tt was an accident victim but the only thing they could find was the front horns on the frame were out by 3mm all the alignment points were dead on.
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