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caster, camber settings, starting point


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Hi all. Just had a question on starting point for caster camber settings for a third gen. Stock caster says 4.7 degrees +-.5 degrees, and camber stock is .3 degrees+-.5 degrees. Toe is 0 +- .09 inches. I would just like to have a good starting point so we don't melt tires. Any suggestions are are very welcome. Thanks!

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Just for a quick start go with all the negative camber you can get from the stock strut mounts...usually around 1-1.5 degrees negative...when you have $$ add a set of camber plates and go for the maximum negative allowed under the CMC rules....rear axle shoud be cambered to 1/2 degree negative and 1/16" toe in....check your rear axle as a baseline to see what you have stock...if you have varying measurements as is common with GM 10 bolts you'll need to camber and toe the rear which is best left to someone who knows what they're doing...as for front toe...run 1/16" toe out if you have toe in at the rear..and make sure to check your idler arm as stock ones wear out very quickly...replace it with a Moog unit which will last almost twice as long...while you're setting up the suspension make sure to have new control arm bushings installed such as Global West's racing bushings...a strut brace will also help keep everything tied together...also for handling use the 1LE front and rear sway bars and don't preload them when installing the end links, tighten after lowering the car...and so on and so on...have fun and ask anyone at the track for help...Bubba Gurney

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Easy,

3 degrees Negative camber

Tow OUT 1/16th

Lots of caster 6-7 if possible.

Hey are you coming to Buttonwillow..how is the motor??

Tony

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Tony, motor is fine. Had a bit of a problem finding a good block. Went through tree engine blocks before we could find a good one. Will be trying for license soon. Car has been painted, and we no longer have the ugly car award. Lowered the car, put on new brakes, rotors, and calipers. The CMC sticker and names are on windshield. We are going to do some testing this time before the car goes to the track. When motor is broken in we will be down to dyno in Sacramento. Hope to see you all soon. Thanks for the info, the #44 carquest camaro.

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Hi John, as long as you are in Sacramento getting your dyno done, Schatz & Krum 916-381-3144 can align your car correctly for you. Tell them Julie Bergman from CMC sent you!

 

If you did not already get caster/camber plates, hotpart.com make some good ones for a good price. Again, tell them I sent you!

 

Looking forward to seeing you on the track!

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Thanks for the info. We will put to good use. We will be at the track as soon as possible and look foward to meeting all CMCer's I haven't yet. Thanks!

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  • 2 weeks later...

John,

Julie is right about the caster camber plates from Hot Part, they went in better than any other part we've put on our '83 Z28. They were pretty reasonable.

Kevin Hall #82

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I sure hope so. My friend with a VARA Mini Cooper taunted me about his best lap time a couple of weeks ago, and I need to prove to him he only has half a motor (and half a car).

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