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Posted: Wed Mar 14, 2007 7:39 am 
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which type of camber / castor kit is better for lowered cars? shim or bolt type.

had a bolt type in a stock hight nf fairlane and they went ok, but i was wandering what is better for an ef on lows?

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Posted: Wed Mar 14, 2007 8:12 am 
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Go with the shim type as they are cheaper and will not go out of adjustment once set.
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Posted: Wed Mar 14, 2007 8:17 am 
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Yeah another vote for shims, ratchet/bolt type can go out of alignment if put under stress (skid pan day :P).
Plus on lows you will need little to no adjustment anyway.

 

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Posted: Wed Mar 14, 2007 8:57 am 
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i am running 18x8.5 rims and am starting to scrub the left front. have been able to get away with it as when it was aligned it was just out of spec, but now there is no adjustment left hence the need for a kit.

what costing am i looking at for a shim type? $100-$200? the bolt type cost $400 about 4yrs ago when we put them on the nf.

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Posted: Wed Mar 14, 2007 8:59 am 
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Posted: Wed Mar 14, 2007 9:06 am 
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hi guys
well i got the kmac ratchet type and ive had it on both my cars and in the last 3 years its never moved or gone out of adjustment.
ive even lost control of the car and mounted a gutter at 100 kms and it was still ok :oops: ..
after mounting the gutter i took it to a suspension place to see what dammage was done and the only thing that was damaged was the front tyre ...

i think that its a myth that they go out of adjustment..
or its just that people dont do the lock nuts up properly???
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Posted: Wed Mar 14, 2007 10:39 am 
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The problem with the ratchet type is that they sieze up. I hated them!

 

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Posted: Wed Mar 14, 2007 11:33 am 
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Ratchet type...

They are easily adjusted to a point where you can get both sides set to a precise degree. No compromises like the shim type where they may not be able to get the correct thickness shim to make it 100% correct.

Plus you can take it to any alignment shop without the worry that they will have shims around to correct an alignment.
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Posted: Wed Mar 14, 2007 11:42 am 
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I would like to use the ratchet type but im going with the shim type seeing as they are cheap and if its done right you will only have to adjust it once.

Im going to put the superlows in and get the camber checked and they will tell me how many degree's its out and ill go home and put the required shims and and get it checked when i get new tyres.

Shim kits are cheap too. I got one side 2nd hand for 45 posted.
They are only $60-75 per corner new (for the K-Mac Shim type).

 

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Posted: Wed Mar 14, 2007 10:41 pm 
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I also have the k-mac ratchet type, never had an issue and I drive pretty hard on mountain passes around where I live

 

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Posted: Thu Mar 15, 2007 8:03 am 
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I dont know why some people worry about how easy or hard the shim or ratched type is to adjust. The wheel alignment people are doing it anyways!!!
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Posted: Thu Mar 15, 2007 11:10 am 
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thanks for all the replys,

which type would give more adjustment. ie shim type only adjust as long as the bolt has room to add more shims. does the ratchet type have anymore room for adjustment or are they about the same.

sry for all the questions but i would rather buy something once then have to buy something different a few months later.

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Posted: Thu Mar 15, 2007 12:12 pm 
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joolz wrote:
I dont know why some people worry about how easy or hard the shim or ratched type is to adjust. The wheel alignment people are doing it anyways!!!


Cos they wont adjust it or charge extra to free them up.

 

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Posted: Fri Mar 16, 2007 6:55 am 
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Sorry i was actually refering to the shim type... Its a bit harder to adjust than the ratchet type but as a customer its not going to bother us so go for the shim type kit!!
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