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Old 09-30-2010, 03:49 PM   #1
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Front end specs and camber adjustment.

I have finished rebuilding the Dynatrac steering components from the ball joints to the bearings ($2865 and counting). Took it to a local alignment shop. I was told that the camber should be at "0" degrees but that mine were measured at 3/4 degrees positive. He quoted me a cost of $260 to adjust the camber. In the past, none of the alignment shops have said anything about the camber needing to be adjusted. Have not had any tire wear problems that could be contributed to camber. I am running 285/75/16s. Will the camber set at 3/4 degrees positive have an adverse effect on driving or tire wear?
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Old 09-30-2010, 06:01 PM   #2
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Re: Front end specs and camber adjustment.

I didn't think that these axles had a camber adjustment, unless the housing is bent. Perhaps I am mistaken.
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Old 10-01-2010, 08:05 AM   #3
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Re: Front end specs and camber adjustment.

"They" make special bushings with which one can adjust camber and caster. They are in two concentric parts,one within the other, and each is ecentric. They are a real bitch to use as you have to guess where you want to be and install them. then WHEN they are incorrect, you knock them out with an air chisel and try again. When we did mine, it took a couple of hours to get each side exactly correct. Not fun, but possible. If you need to know more about the parts, I'll call the 4X4 shop that did mine (Big Bear 4X4) in Salinas, and get more info for you.
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Old 10-23-2010, 12:21 PM   #4
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Re: Front end specs and camber adjustment.

Trent Fabrication in Reno did the ball joint replacement for $458 on the labor and billed me for the retail cost for the parts. Sears in Reno followed the SMB specs for the alignment and offered a good price for tires.

Dynatrac did not have a set of their new wonder ball joints in stock so I had to go with the Spicers. I had Trent Fabricators change the ball joints. They race with Dana 60 front ends. Good place to get work done on our vans & prices are much more reasonable than any of the garages in the region.

Had the front end aligned by Actiom Frame shop in Carson City. Each of our vans has its own unique caster and camber settings. Action did not have the correct specs for the caster or camber so the van pulled to the right. Heber fax'd the front end alignment specs for my van. Took it to Reno Sears. They did the alignment corectly. Bought 4 BFG 285/75/16 LRE from Sears at $1100.
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