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How much camber is too much?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by ftn96, Oct 9, 2001.

  1. ftn96

    ftn96 1/2 ton status

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    I've noticed since I've put the larger tires on I can see the camber and it looks like my tires are sitting like this " \ / ".
    How can I measure to see how much off I may or may not be? Or do I need to take it to someone and let them tell me how far off I am?
    I have a local machine shop that makes the shims to correct, but I dont want to pay someone else to install them as I have mastered taking the front end apart and putting it back together now blind folded.

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    Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought caster/camber was non-adjustable until the advent of IFS and only toe was adjustable.

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    For the most part it is not. But you can add shim plates on the back side of the spindle to correct the camber.
    Now with it being non-adjustable I dont understand how it can get off in the first place. But it doesn't look right to me.

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    Maybe you could take it to a shop and they could put it on their machine.They can give you the print out of your camber,caster,and toe on your truck and the specs of what it should be.Then you could get the camber shims you need and install them your self.I dont know if this would work but it sounds like a good idea.I need to get the camber set on my truck also cuz its wearing my tires funny and you can stand in front of the truck and see that its off so please keep us posted.

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    Anything more than a few degrees is too much camber. Use a stait edge and the protractor, that you have posted
    about that you have used to measure u-joint/drivshaft angles.
     
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    it should be the other way if anything /--\
     
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    Id check your balljts.also do you have longer shackles?or shims installed this rotates your axle and changes the caster

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    The ball-joints are new, well less than 5000 miles anyway.
    Now shims in the front or long shackles. Just the 4" skyjacker spring pack.

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    Sure the wheel bearings are tight?

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    Yes sir. Everything is 4.0 in the front. This is why its hard for me to figure out what the hell is going on here.

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    Well then maybe it's camber shim time for you, buddy!!

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    Tops of the tires out is known as Positive camber. This does something- I'm not sure, I think it's a handleing thing, defenetly not a tread wear hing. Althow, as the tires turn from "lock" to "lock" you'll notice the tires move on a arc and will move the chasis up and down. This is known as the Steering Inclination Angle (SIA). The SIA helps with the "dead center" feel at the wheel when in motion. I -think- camber angle and I -know- caster angle have much to do ith the "dead-center" feel.

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    - A off-centered upper ball-joint sleave is avalible to adj caster and camber. This sleave replaces the streight-up sleave that is supplied with new ball-joints and reqirers a 4-prong socket to adj. This sleave will adj caster and camber at the same time.
    - A spindle shim is avalible, but not used as often as the "Sleve" do to the amount of dissassembly. The shim reqires a complte dissasembly of the front end, down to the knuckles, inorder to install.
    - A shim can be placed between the leaf-spring and the axle houseing to adj caster only.

    Just buck-up and have an alignment shop do it....My opinion.

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    I have heard old wives tales about those offset sleeves, but yet to see one or anyone that carries them.
    The local solid axle alignment proclaimed expert here in town says the shim behind the spindle is the way to go.
    I am more than capable of installing this shim. I just need to have a correct assesment as to how much of a shim to install.
    This is the same guy that is mounting and balancing my 36's when they get here. I'll have him check it out when Im there.

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