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Old 01-30-2003, 10:23 AM
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C43 - outside front tire wear - how to adjust camber?

I have a '99 C43. The only modification I've performed to the car was adding Euro-spec C43 springs (BTW, what a pain to do this). The car was dropped about 3/4" or so; I also put in the #1 spring pads (8 mm if I recall correctly).

I reset the toe after the car was lowered. I checked caster too and it was in spec. Of course, the camber was more negative (I don't recall exactly, but somewhere around -1 to -1.25 degrees). All was good (tire wear, etc.) and I was happy.\

About three months ago I had the car in for a warranty check on an occasional noise from the front end. The dealer replaced a front drag link. They realigned the car and I noticed that the front camber was back to almost vertical and I measured it at about -0.25 to -0.5, within spec.

Well, sure enough, by now I have the outsides of the front tires wearing very fast. I had the dealer recheck the alignment and the fronts are "within spec."

My tech also told me that the camber bolts won't give me that much more camber up front, but it's obvious to me that whatever bolts were in there before got me -1 to -1.25 which was perfect for me.

I didn't want to go to higher pressures like Noah and others used (39 all around) since the ride gets to harsh for my tastes.

Noah's thread

Autocross thread

So, I'd like to reset the camber back to the way it was when I installed the euro C43 springs. The tech said that the camber bolts are made for specific camber changes; i.e., each bolt will set the camber a specific amount and cannot be rotated, etc. like an eccentric adjustable bolt. However, I can only get a part number for one type of bolt from our dealer.

Do different types of bolts come in a bolt kit, or do I need to specify a part number for different bolts adjustments?

I asked to find out what part number was used during my alignment so I'd have a frame of reference, but they didn't record that.



'99 AMG C43

Last edited by jhuang; 01-30-2003 at 12:47 PM.
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