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Old 03-19-2002, 09:13 PM
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Alignment Spec for 89 300CE

I just had my car aligned after changing my tired shocks and struts with Bilstein sports. I have H&R springs that were in the car when I got it 2 years ago. Last year, an alignmnet was done without any problems noted. Today however, it appears I have a lot of negative camber on my front and rear wheels. Here are the readings:

Front Left: Front Right:
-1.6 Camber -1.1
10.9 Caster 11.0

Rear Left: Rear Right
-3.1 Camber -2.9

The fronts failed per alignment spec, and the weird part was there was no alignment spec range for the rear camber.... what gives?

I did a search but could not find anything regarding the factory recommended specs. Regardless, would the current alignment settings be okay or should I get a camber correction kit?
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Old 03-20-2002, 08:06 AM
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MB alignments are height dependant! That is why "most" alignment shops don't have specs for rear camber.
There are specs but they are different for different ride heights & must be programmed into alignment depending on measured ride height.
The readings you have are for a VERY lowered car!
Less than -2 deg of camber won't cause excessive tire wear, but the -3 deg in the rear will cause tire wear.
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Old 03-20-2002, 10:56 AM
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Thanks, Doc. That being the case, it appears I still have too much neg. camber for the rear tires. What can I do now, install a camber kit? Is there even one for the rear?
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