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    Front alignment issue

    Don't know if this has been discussed here before, but i can't seem to find it.. so.. i'll ask

    So, I have now had my 11 V sedan for about 5 months and 7K mi and it's an awesome car, but the other day I noticed that the front tires are wearing out oddly. The outside is wearing a lot faster than the inside. I'm not tracking the car, but i do have fun with it on occasions in twisties. It almost seems to me that the front has a positive camber. Both tires are wearing evenly. Car is stock, not lowered. Car tracks straight and there seem to be no other indications that there is an alignment issue.

    So, before i go and spend $$ on alignment, the questions are: what is correct front camber on this car and is it adjustable? and if it is adjustable, what should i ask them to adjust it to if stock setting is doing this uneven wear?


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    Re: Front alignment issue

    IIRC, there is supposed to be 1.5º negative camber on the fronts in factory stock spec.

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    Re: Front alignment issue

    Hello,

    A little known issue that we have seen with these cars is that the front lower control arms will move under load. Even with proper torque specs, the design still allows it to move. We have developed new "lock outs" that will keep the lower control arms locked in place at the desired alignment spec. We have been track testing these on some of our track cars for over a year without any issue and perfect tire wear.

    Have your alignment guy lock the car back in and mark the bolt relative to the subframe. Then take car back out on your favorite road and bring it back to him. If you have pushed it hard enough you will see the bolt/control arm has moved.

    Thank you,

    Dr. Design
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    Quote Originally Posted by genna View Post
    Don't know if this has been discussed here before, but i can't seem to find it.. so.. i'll ask

    So, I have now had my 11 V sedan for about 5 months and 7K mi and it's an awesome car, but the other day I noticed that the front tires are wearing out oddly. The outside is wearing a lot faster than the inside. I'm not tracking the car, but i do have fun with it on occasions in twisties. It almost seems to me that the front has a positive camber. Both tires are wearing evenly. Car is stock, not lowered. Car tracks straight and there seem to be no other indications that there is an alignment issue.

    So, before i go and spend $$ on alignment, the questions are: what is correct front camber on this car and is it adjustable? and if it is adjustable, what should i ask them to adjust it to if stock setting is doing this uneven wear?


    Thanks

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    So what is a recommended setting to keep from shredding the fronts prematurely? Stock? I don't track and don't beat it up.

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    Re: Front alignment issue

    The factory specs are fine. Its the fact that they don't stay in the position in which you set them....


    Quote Originally Posted by Trapspeed View Post
    So what is a recommended setting to keep from shredding the fronts prematurely? Stock? I don't track and don't beat it up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. Design
    The factory specs are fine. Its the fact that they don't stay in the position in which you set them....
    And the only way to ensure they do is: 1) frequent checks to verify or, 2) your locking mechanism?

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    Re: Front alignment issue

    Yes you can check it frequently. We have tried a couple different designs. The smooth machined finish lends itself to allowing the bolt to move around. Some race friendly might have a solution as well. We just created a solution for the track cars we were prepping. Certainly not suggesting we have the only solution for this, we just happen to have A solution for it. We don't want it to come across that we are the only solution for this problem.

    Thanks,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trapspeed View Post
    And the only way to ensure they do is: 1) frequent checks to verify or, 2) your locking mechanism?

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    Re: Front alignment issue

    Where would one find a link to purchase said 'lock outs'?

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    Quote Originally Posted by spearfish25
    Where would one find a link to purchase said 'lock outs'?
    +1. Anyone at all?

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    Check the D3 web site. If not, give the guys there a call and they will help you out.

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    Re: Front alignment issue

    Sorry guys. This items not even on the site yet and we have only been installing them in house. Let me see if we can get some images. I know this part is in the process of going into our price & app guide, which means it will be hitting the website shortly.

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