This is a common question, which is natural when dealing with suspension. So, while installing our coil-overs, do you need a camber kit? Maybe. Like with many things about modifying a vehicle, a lot goes into it, so it makes it quite tricky for a cut-and-dry answer of yes or no. Let's start with the basics. Maintaining proper alignment on your car is critical to ensuring you have the best control available.
What is a Camber Kit?
Firstly, we need to know what are camber arm kits. The lean of the vehicle's wheels/tires towards or away from the chassis is called camber. Zero camber is when your vehicle's wheel is perpendicular to the ground and is set straight up and down. The wheel's camber will then be calculated based on how far the wheel is leaning straight up and down. Negative camber occurs while the top of the wheel leans inwards toward the car. Positive camber occurs while the top of the wheel deviates from the automobile. However, the alignment angles required for efficient handling at high speeds on a vehicle that has been modified for racing can differ significantly from factory settings.
Why Would I Want Camber?
Cars with appropriate setup will have at least a slight negative camber, as subtle as it may be. Without getting into the physics of tire load vs. cornering forces, that slight negative camber flattens out when you enter a turn, allowing the tire to be flat.
While corner grip is the primary benefit of negative camber, it also has additional applications in the stance scene. When lowering your vehicle to the ground while using an enormous wheel or tire, and even on non-aggressive setups, you'll quickly notice that ride height is limited owing to the tire colliding with the fender. You can lower the automobile by adding more significant negative camber to the tires, which allows them to lean into the vehicle and fit into the wheel well tighter.
For most people, that much negative camber isn't optimal. Someone could assist you in achieving your ideal stance. When selecting how much camber you want, keep in mind that leaning the wheel into the vehicle will also bring the tire closer to the suspension components, so keep that in mind.
How Can I Correct Camber?
"Someone will desire to slam this automobile someday" was probably the last thing on your vehicle manufacturer's mind when they designed it. Isn't that inconsiderate? Because it was intended for the factory ride height, lowering the car will cause necessary suspension geometries to be thrown off, including those that will cause off-camber. The manufacturer was generous enough to allow for some modification to compensate for factory camber variances, but it isn't always enough. After a suspension installation, we always recommend getting an alignment. If you don't want your camber set the way you want it during the alignment, ask them to dial it in near factory specifications. If you leave the alignment business wanting more or less camber, there are a few possibilities. While we won't go over all of them, let's go through the most common options for further camber modification.
How do I decide?
Hex Drive Lug Nuts might be the most common in the industry. Removing and installing hex drive lug nuts will not require special tools and adapters. Spline Lug Nuts have splines outsides and must be removed and installed using a specific adaptor. Tuner (SocketLug) Lug Nuts have their drive insides of the Nut, which necessitates using an adapter for removal and installation.
How to Remove a Stripped Lug Nut?
That's quite a bit of data to take in. "OK," you're probably thinking, "but how can I know what's best for my car?" As previously said, numerous elements will be determined by your vehicle's eventual purpose. If you want a slight drop but still want it to resemble a factory, have the alignment shop align the car to the original specs as feasible. If they can't fix the camber enough, you'll want to look into the camber adjustment products described above. Camber bushings have an off-set mounting hole that allows for minor camber adjustments.
If you want it to be a little more severe, you'll have to put in more effort. Each car will be unique depending on the wheels, wheel specs, tires, tire size, ride height, and other suspension modifications you have. You may need to fiddle with the camber to get it just right for your car, and you'll almost certainly need to utilize some of the items described above. The names of automobile manufacturers and models mentioned on this website are solely for identification purposes only. Subscribe to receive notifications about new products, sales, tech articles, and more.