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Old 09 Sep 2012, 08:16 am
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I was thinking about picking up a front and rear camber bolt kit. I looked at my wheels the other day and noticed they had alot of positive camber (the wheels pointed inward I think thats positive if not please correct me) Anyway id like to dial in some negative camber to help improve the handling a smidgin and also look wise. Just wondering if there are any good kits out there I should consider and if its a big pain in the ass to replace the bolts. Also if there are any other inexpensive ways to go about this would deffienentlly be considered. Thanks!!
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Old 09 Sep 2012, 08:28 am
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This is all you need. Pick em up on eBay for about $25. They replace the bottom (???) strut mounting bolts.



Here's one of the eBay auctions going on right now. $20 and free shipping.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/FRONT-ALIGNM...39a5c2&vxp=mtr

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Old 09 Sep 2012, 08:50 am
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Got a question about the camber on my PT.

I installed coilovers and set the camber 'with my eys' so to say. The camber seems okay and my tyre-specialist said it didn 't matter so much. So I was wondering if these special camber bolts are needed ?
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Old 09 Sep 2012, 08:58 am
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So I was wondering if these special camber bolts are needed ?

Only an alignment machine or you in the long run can tell. Keep an eye on the wear of the tire. That's how you can tell if you got it right and if it's tracking straight down the road when you let go of the wheel.
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Old 09 Sep 2012, 09:49 am
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That 's what I thought. After I went for an alignement the PT steers smooth and drives straight when I let go of the steering wheel. And I rotate the wheels every 10000 km's so I 've got a good eye on wear.

Future will tell if it's enough.
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Old 09 Sep 2012, 12:31 pm
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Thank you sir, was it a pain getting them out I heard its a nightmare


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This is all you need. Pick em up on eBay for about $25. They replace the bottom (???) strut mounting bolts.



Here's one of the eBay auctions going on right now. $20 and free shipping.

FRONT ALIGNMENT BOLTS KIT -/+1.75 CAMBER | eBay
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Old 09 Sep 2012, 12:43 pm
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Thank you sir, was it a pain getting them out I heard its a nightmare
Not sure who told you that but it's just a bolt on each side that holds the bottom of the strut. Not a pain at all. In the pic below you can see at least one of the bolts that hold on the bottom of the strut. The one you need to replace is right below that. (Forget the arrow, that's the ground strap).

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Old 09 Sep 2012, 12:54 pm
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I see...its only worth doing the front you think? Id like to change the front and rear so should i buy 2 sets or just leave the back alone?
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Old 09 Sep 2012, 02:26 pm
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The kit only fits the front. I do believe the rear you need a set of shims. Don't know any more about it than that.
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Old 13 Sep 2012, 12:03 pm
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The rear of these cars? Use shocks not struts, usually you need an Independent Rear Supenshion to adjust rear camber so I doubt you need a back kit.

Excess camber can cause premature outter edge tire ware. Mcpherson struts don't have any camber adjustment (or not more than .25 degress so tha's most likely what he meant?)

More camber (top of the wheel tips in) flattens the tire out to the road on turns hence more grip. The kits usually let you add up to 1.75 degress neg camber that should be safe but 1 degree neg camber is safe. that's what I run on my other cars ( just got the PT so have not started tweaking yet) most of the shops freak out when you tell them you want to add neg camber and I have to explain to them why!

Don't think the kit works on the rear because as I understand it they are shocks and not struts? Usuall for the rear to have a camber adjustment, it would need to be an Independent rear supenshion.

And also I saw talk on the Strut bar thread and most seem to miss the point of the strut bar. It's to keep the top of the strut towers from flexing inward during cornering, which would change your alingment specs during a turn.

It probally makes no differance if you have a stock setup and don't corner hard but if you have shock springs, bigger sway bars tires etc, then it starts to make a big differance, it let's the other stuff work properly!
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