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Wheel Alignment or Camber kit?

Old 28-Oct-2005, 08:56 AM
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Wheel Alignment or Camber kit?

I have Tokico gas shocks and eibach pro kit springs which I got installed on my car in Apr/May.

I have really bad tire wear on my two front tires! The inner part of the wheel is wearing down really bad and really quick! My car is not even lowered that much lower than stock (1-1.5 inches). I never got an alignment done since have the shocks/springs installed.

Do you think doing a wheel alignment will solve this problem or do I need a camber kit? If you think alignment, where's a good place to take it (because I know a lot of places won't do an alignment if your car is lowered)?

I need to take care of this ASAP, because my winter tires (which I put on a month ago) are already wearing down and I don't wanna be slipping and sliding in the snow!
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Old 28-Oct-2005, 10:45 AM
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Old 28-Oct-2005, 10:55 AM
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The short and sweet answer to your tire wear issues: BOTH

Install a camber kit to allow for camber adjustment during the alignment, and get an alignment to adjust the camber and toe of your car's wheels as close to the factory specs as possible. Then your tire wear issues should disappear.

Figure $300 for the camber kit and installation and around another $100 for the alignment.

Forgot to mention that the tech doing the alignment should make sure that all bushings and suspension bits(ball joints, tie rod ends etc) are in good shape, else the alignment is essentially pointless.
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Old 28-Oct-2005, 01:26 PM
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a good shop that see's a lot of lowered cars is Crown (or Krown) Brake and Steering on Dixie and Dundas. With tax there alignment costs $103. You may not need an aftermarket camber kit but I would recommend buying one. It's a good investment. I'm lowered 1.7" and I needed an aftermarket camber kit.
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Old 28-Oct-2005, 04:20 PM
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Does anyone know of a place in the east end that does wheel alignment and/or camber kit installation??

Does Krown do camber kit installations?
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Old 28-Oct-2005, 10:34 PM
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pm john lo (optionjdm) purchase a kit from them and he will install it on for ya.

He priced out mine.. it was an excellent price.
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Old 31-Oct-2005, 11:44 PM
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Went to do an alignment today. Since my car's not lowered that much, the guy said I don't need a camber kit. Actually he said it is cambering a little (anything lower than stock is cambering) but not enough to affect my tire wear!

However, while doing the alignment, he noticed my driver's side rear shock was blown!!

I just bought all four tokico gas shocks in Mar or Apr of this year and already one blew!! I don't even drive it tough or go over any hard bumps or pot holes!!! Good thing they're still under warranty!! I have an appointment tomorrow morning at Speedtech to replace the blown shock and all I have to pay is a minimal cost for labour (thank God I don't need to buy a new shock).
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I wouldn't worry too much about a camber kit with your ProKit spring. The front end on EK Civics doesn't suffer greatly from camber issues until you get closer to a 2" drop. Anything more than -2 degrees and I would suggest that you get a kit to correct the camber.

Your alignment report may have the stock tolerances for camber in it as well, so you can check to see if you are still withing OEM spec.

An alignment is what I would suggest you do first and assess your situation from there.
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