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(note: this video applies to both Camber Caster Gauge #1 and #2 BELOW, although #1 is used in the video)

Longacre 78260 Caster Camber Gauge

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  • Most street car alignments call for the front camber and caster settings to be adjusted to slightly different specifications on the right side of the vehicle compared to the left side. These slight side-to-side differences are called cross-camber and cross-caster.

    The vehicle manufacturers' alignment specifications usually identify a "preferred" angle for camber, caster and toe (with preferred thrust angle always being zero). The manufacturers also provide the acceptable "minimum" and "maximum" angles for each specification. The minimum and maximum camber and caster specifications typically result in a range that remains within plus or minus 1-degree of the preferred angle.

  • For street cars and the type of NCCC racing we do, camber and caster settings should be identical or as close to identical as possible for left and right side values. The measurement terms used to describe this are known as cross camber and cross caster. There are certain parameters for these values to fall within. For example, on C4’s the front cross camber is +/- 0.5 degrees. If you desire your front negative camber to be 1.5 degrees and that is your driver side value, then the passenger side value should be between -1.0 and -2.0 degrees. If your technician takes a little extra time, he should be able to get the two sides within a tenth of a degree of each other. On occasion, I have been able to set the values to be identical to each other. For C4 or earlier generation cars that utilize shims for adjustment, this does take some patience and extra time.

    Designed to work with the OEM style springs as well as 2.25″, 2.5″ and 60mm inner diameter race springs, these caster/camber plates are machined from 6061-T3 billet aluminum and offer a unique design that allows camber and caster adjustments without removing anything from your Mustang.

  • Since this is Car Craft, where do-it-yourself rules, we just know you secretly harbor an intense desire to get familiar with the basics of alignment and at least know what all those obscure terms mean. This will be especially important the next time you’re stranded on a lost Pacific island and the cannibals offer to crown you king if you can dial in the right caster and camber on their Pro Bamboo car. More realistically, what if you want to test your car at the dragstrip after a suspension rebuild, but the alignment shop can only fit you in a week from Wednesday? Just do it yourself and you’ll know it’s right. We’ll cover the basics and get into how to set your own alignment at home with a few simple tools that any good car crafter should have in his toolbox. Even if you don’t intend on becoming the neighborhood chassis specialist, at least you can talk intelligently when the bench racing turns to camber and caster. You might actually find this stuff fascinating-we do…

Camber and Caster Adjustment Using an Upper Control Arm

Camber affects the vehicle's stability. There are several different methods to adjust camber. It all depends on the type of vehicle and the steering and suspension system design. Front wheel drive vehicles typically use a rack and pinion gear. Most of these vehicles do not all have camber adjustments. Aftermarket products are sometimes used if a rare camber adjustment is necessary. Some vehicles utilize an upper strut mount that has slots to adjust the camber accordingly. Others use an eccentric bolt and cam that when rotated, moves the top of the tire inward and outward, adjusting the camber angle. Adjusting the camber angle on a vehicle will affect the total toe. Check and adjust toe after adjusting the camber or caster angle.