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Old 11-03-2014
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Camber kit question

Hey guys, I need your expertise advice here please.. I noticed my driver side tire wearing on the inside and was tipped inward at the top. Sure enough the driver side upper bj was totally shot. I decided I might as well replace them all (uppers, lowers), as well as tie rod ends. Went in for an alignment and they told me I needed a camber kit as the stock ones werent able to get my camber set right...They also showed me that my driver side tire is still tipped in slightly (though not as bad as before the bj replacement). They quoted me $150 for a camber kit and with labor and alignment would be approx $300!!
They said if I put in the camber bolts myself, I just pay $70 for the alignment, so that's my plan.

Ive been looking on ebay for camber kits and they have just the shims (no bolts) that are kind of egg shaped with one flat side and also fully round ones that come with bolts...

So my question is what do I need to buy? The fully round ones with the bolts or just the roundish shims with the one flat side and reuse my stock bolts? Also, do I need a kit for each side of the vehicle or just the driver side that the tire is tipped inward?

And one other quick question. I had an alignment done a couple years ago at the same shop and they never said I needed a camber kit, and I havent done anything to the truck since then. What happened that I need this now and didnt before?

Many thanks guys for your help! I want to make sure I order the right parts so I quit chewing up my expensive tires! Cheers!

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I'd do it. The day I lifted my trucks was the day they got camber kits. they're cheap insurance to keep your tires within spec. Buy them on summit racing and not through a shop because they'll rape you on pricing.
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I paid $27 bucks for the kit at summit I'm lowered but anytime you modify from stock ride height more than an inch or two they are a good idea. You need a kit for each side get the most degrees of adjustment you can find summit sells up to 2 or 2 1/2 degrees i believe that way if you decide to lift more in the future you always have room to adjust. Its literally just a swap the bolts kinda deal i would suggest the kit with bolts included the egg shaped shims will work but they will not offer as much adjustment and without knowing how far your camber is out then its best to go full kit. Also as other components wear you may need more adjustment later on.
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Perfect. Thanks guys. I'll get the ones with the bolts. Knew the shop was trying a cashectomy on me. I'll check out summit.
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I drive a torsion bar ranger edge with a 3 inch drop in the front. Edge's come at full 4wd ride height even if 2wd like mine was and this is the camber kit I used. I am not sure if you will need a bigger rotation degree of + - 2 1/4 inches like these below, but these did the trick.

NAPA AUTO PARTS

You want to order "two" sets, one for each side. Just install them the same as the stockers are installed and then take it in for the alignment only and you should be good to go.
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Thank you travelor101. I just ordered 2 sets...Hopefully this solves my alignment issues for good now.
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No prob! Let us know how it goes. If for some reason your application needs more, I've heard of people using an extra 2 piece upper control arm, flipped to the other side, and using a few washers in there as well. Hope it works out for ya
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As long as you get it back to the yellow you should be good there is quite a generous range that won't wear tires mine have never been dead on since lowering and i have no abnormal wear.
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Okay, so I just checked that link and realized that hte part numbers associated with it have somehow gotten switched. It appears that the linked camber kit is for GM's. The correct NAPA part number from my understanding is "2642953".. (NOT 2643624)

Let it stand corrected..
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I literally just did this a couple days ago while changing my UCA's. The stock ones on my 4x4 Edge were square, not allowing any adjustment.. I was told I needed the camber adjustment kit. The Camber kit was circles with bolts that had a flat edge. You can get them from any auto parts store.. I was looking at O'reilley and they have them there as well. If you google ranger camber kit install.. you should see a couple youtube videos.. I think the channel was ChrisFix and he shows exactly how to do it.
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Buy two kits (1 per side) and install them yourselves in 10 minutes.

http://www.summitracing.com/parts/iec-29000




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Yep I got mine off eBay. Just 4 round cams, 4 washers, 4 nuts and 4 bolts, $50. I watched the ChrisFix Youtube video and did it in about 10 mins per side.
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As advised from my new alignment guy, make sure the washers are inside the cams.

I had a camber kit installed by another company when they aligned the front end over a year ago. I recently changed the upper control arms and found three were right and one was wrong. I don't know the significance of the washer being in the wrong place but my new alignment guy was pretty adamant about it when I talked to him before I did the UCA replacement.
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As advised from my new alignment guy, make sure the washers are inside the cams.

I had a camber kit installed by another company when they aligned the front end over a year ago. I recently changed the upper control arms and found three were right and one was wrong. I don't know the significance of the washer being in the wrong place but my new alignment guy was pretty adamant about it when I talked to him before I did the UCA replacement.
The video I suggested shows the same thing... washers on the inside. When I pulled my stock camber adjusters off, there is what looks like a welded washer on the inside part. I'm guessing it acts as a spacer for one reason or another. I installed mine with washers inside the camber circles.. regardless if that seemed wrong for normal bolt/washer applications.
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