Camber and Alignment Kit
If you've recently lowered your vehicle, it sure has a bit of negative camber. Though a certain amount of such camber enhances traction, it can result in excessive tire wear. That's where the significance of camber and alignment kit comes in. This kit brings the vehicle's camber back to its factory settings and specifications without any compromise in power and performance.
To help you install the camber kit without a professional's help, here's a step-by-step installation guide:
What you'll need:
- Car jacks
- Pickle fork
- Jack stands
- Torque gun
- Socket wrench
- Rubber hammer
- Cotter pin puller
- Camber and alignment kit
- New ball joint (if necessary)
Raising the vehicle
Step 1: Determine where you first want to install the camber kit. Raise that part of the vehicle and place one car jack on the driver's side and another one on the passenger's side. Make sure it is raised high enough so you can comfortably fit underneath, lying on your back.
Step 2: Secure it by placing a jack stand next to each car jack.
Removing the tire and rim assembly
Step 3: With a torque gun or a socket wrench, loosen and remove the bolts that keep the assembly together.
Taking the ball joint out
Step 4: The upper ball joint has a cotter pin that you need to remove using a cotter pin puller.
Step 5: With a socket wrench, take out the nuts that secure the upper ball joint to the control arm. Then, simply tap the upper ball joint out of its place using a rubber hammer. Once it's free, use the pickle fork to push the upper ball joint out.
Step 6: Check the upper ball joint for any sign of damage. Should you notice that it has already seen better days, have the upper ball joint replaced before installing the camber and alignment kit.
Attaching the ball joint to the c-bracket
Step 7: Slot in the small bracket into the large C-bracket. In case you fail to place it with your hands, tap the small bracket using the rubber hammer.
Step 8: Check the studs on the C-bracket. Make sure they are in good shape because that's where you'll be installing the upper ball joint in.
Step 9: Attach the upper ball joint to those studs and secure it in place by turning supplied lock nuts onto the studs. With the torque gun, torque these nuts to 35 to 40 foot-pounds to tighten them.
Installing the camber and alignment kit
Step 10: Make sure the C-bracket studs are aligned with the holes in the control arm. Press the C-bracket on the control arm in such a way that the studs get into the holes.
Step 11: Position the supplied lock nuts onto the studs and hand-tighten them to secure the camber kit while still allowing it to move up and down the control arm.
Securing the camber kit
Step 12: Reinstall the upper ball joint stud to the spindle. With the torque gun, torque it to 29 to 35 foot-pounds.
Step 13: Put the cotter pin back into its place.
Step 14: Adjust the camber and alignment kit by moving it on the control arm. Stop when the tires are already vertically aligned with the vehicle. To properly tighten the nuts on the camber kit, torque them to 35 to 40 foot-pounds using the torque gun.
Step 15: Lower the vehicle by removing the jack stands and the jacks.