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    Front Camber

    G'day,
    I have had an issue vertually from day 1 since having the reek on the road. & that is a wobble through the steering wheel at speeds between 45 to 52 MPH. I cured it initially by spending as little time as possible in this speed zone.

    The right front tyre is also wearing on the outer edge much much more than the inner edge & the left hand tyre is wearing nice & evenly.

    Well I finally got around to doing somethig positive about it. While cleaning the wheels on the W/E I decided to take it off & adjust the camber on the concentric (or is it ecentric) top ball joint mount. I have now moved it all the way to the left, just by feel, no gauges, don't have any.

    Verdict, the wobble has gone, the steering feels lighter, & i'll have to wait & see with the wear.

    One day I will treat the reek to a full professional 4 wheel alignment. But first I'd like to fit a rack & pinion.

    Still piling on the commuter miles (only 10 per day now), & pleasing the daughter on the school run (cool car Lulu).

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    Good job Martin, that will certainly stem the outer shoulder wear on the tyre. I think from memory that the eccentric bush can only adjust the camber by plus or minus 0.5°, so you can't go far wrong whatever you do.

    I suspect that the positive cambered wheel was causing a camber thrust on that side, that was not equalled by the other wheel. At certain road speeds this unbalanced camber thrust must have set up an uncomfortable oscillation.

    Anyway, glad to hear it is gone, and the commuter miles continue to rack up

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    I rember mine the initial setup had the wheels pointing towards the centre of the nova, this resulted in squealing tyres going straight a head in car parks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimcub View Post
    I rember mine the initial setup had the wheels pointing towards the centre of the nova, this resulted in squealing tyres going straight a head in car parks.
    That is down to excessive toe-in, rather than a camber issue.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spacenut View Post
    That is down to excessive toe-in, rather than a camber issue.
    I agree with you Lauren, though it could have been caused by offset camber, since it can affect drive and steering in various ways, including messing up the tracking (AND causing toe in, which my van suffered with).
    I just had the pleasure of having the camber on my van reset, after the near side (left) wheel got knocked into positive camber, while the offside (right) wheel remained in negative camber:

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    It played havoc with steering, and every time I accelerated, it threw the van to the side (I think this may be more pronounced in front wheel drive vehicles...), offset the tracking and caused uneven wear on all my tires.
    Had that and the REAR tracking reset, (I don't believe thats possible with bug running gear though) and its good as gold.
    No crabbing, no apparent excessive/uneven wear, and no need to force the wheel to go straight (the latter was caused by the camber throwing the front tracking out, which was reset with the camber being put right)...

    I know I'm preaching to the choir with you on that matter , but others mightn't have been aware of some of the annoying side effects
    Last edited by Gaisa; 20-12-2013 at 12:14 AM.

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    Yes mine was toe in and was sorted when I found a wheel specialist whose ramp I could get on, even then I had to take the under tray off.
    I had it rechecked later by a camper nut who managed it with the tray on, the steering was much better again. So it shows that someone with a passion and understanding will have the experience to know what to do, instead of constantly referring to a manual and you get their interpretation of it so not always the correct way.
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    Just Found this link which has a camber measurment tool I might give a try.

    http://www.lancerregister.com/showthread.php?t=284533

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    handy if you have what you need there

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    Quote Originally Posted by bushboy View Post
    Just Found this link which has a camber measurment tool I might give a try.

    http://www.lancerregister.com/showthread.php?t=284533

    Bushboy
    really useful tips there, well found BB. Similar to what I did when I put mine together but without the iPhone bit. This info could do with a sticky Dan.

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    Done. Also promoted to an article so it also appears in the articles section.
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