Getting the Perfect Camber and Alignment Kit for Your Car
Whether you want to make your car more aerodynamic for racing or you wish to give it that extra oomph, lowering it does not end with a nice set of tires and good-quality springs. The more your car's ground clearance drops, the bigger its impact on your camber alignment. So to prevent wearing out your tires because of misalignment, install a camber and alignment kit that's fit for your car.
The most standard type of camber and alignment kit is one that comes with cam bolts and poly bushings. If you're not into anything excessive and you neither need a super-fast car nor an overtly pimped-out ride, this kit can do the job for you. It is usually fitted on cars with an average drop of 1.5" and stock rims or 15-16" rims with a proper offset. It provides the best range of adjustment out of all types of kits, giving you more breathing room when it comes to camber alignment.
Extremely lowered cars
Excessive lowering can cause rubbing on the interior of your tires, making them more susceptible to damage. But if you're the type who wants his car to look as pimped out as possible, then a camber and alignment kit with eccentric washers is perfect for you. It provides the best adjustability when it comes to aligning your camber. Usually made for drivers who want to show off a customized ride, this kind of kit can help adjust the camber alignment of cars with a ground clearance lower than 3 inches or have rims over 17 inches (with a 400mm offset or lower). Its adjustable bolts allow you to move your control arm in and out according to your tire size, rim offset, and your car's height.
For drivers who are into functionality rather than looks, there are also camber and alignment kits that provide precision tuning for racing applications. Kits fitted with a moveable ball joint allows the camber alignment to be adjusted to varying degrees without having to raise your car. Although it does have a smaller range of adjustment as compared to standard kits, this type of kit allows you to save about 70% of your time in aligning your camber since the specialized joints can do all the adjusting while your car is under load. So whether you're racing on the track or parked in your garage, with a camber and alignment adjustable joints kit, you don't have to worry about aligning your car for a faster ride.
Adding a Camber and Alignment Kit to Your Newly Modified Car
You've already modified your car and you're extremely happy with how it looks. But before you show this off on the road, you have to make sure that your camber is well adjusted. Straighten out your wheels and align your tires by installing a good-quality camber and alignment kit.
Difficulty level: Moderate to difficult
Tools you'll need:
- Car jack and jack stand
- Socket wrench
- Camber and alignment kit
- Torque gun
Step 1: Preparing your car
Lift your car using a jack and jack stands. Since you'll be working under your vehicle, make sure it is well secured to prevent accidents.
Step 2: Removing your ball joints
Take out the locking pin and the nut to remove your front wheels' stock ball joints. You can also remove it by using a ball joint remover. Simply put the tool between the suspension assembly and the ball joint. Separate the two parts by hammering the ball joint remover and pushing out the part completely.
Step 3: Putting your camber kit together
Join the small bracket and large C-bracket included in your camber kit. If it's too difficult to do it by hand, you can use a small rubber hammer to put pressure into the small bracket.
Step 4: Installing your camber kit
Once you've inserted the small bracket into the C-bracket, attach the assembly's studs to the upper ball joint. Secure the parts together with the supplied lock nuts. Using a torque gun, tighten the nuts onto the studs of the C-bracket with a torque of 35 to 40 foot-pounds.
Step 5: Securing your camber kit
Now that you've connected the C-bracket and the upper ball joint together, align the assembly's studs to your vehicle's control arm. Push them into the holes of the control arm to secure them all in place. Insert and tighten the lock nuts onto your studs. Once everything is in place, refasten the cotter pin.
Step 6: Finishing touches
Adjust your camber kit until your wheels are aligned. Once aligned, remove your jack stands and lower your vehicle to begin testing your new camber and alignment kit.