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    Re: Wheel Tire Camber

    Quote Originally Posted by red57 View Post
    Danny and Drone Dog are right, you should not use the tire to measure against (how are you accommodating the 'bulge' at the bottom). As Drone Dog said, measure to the rim at the tire bead area and ignore the tire itself.
    An alternative to Drone Dogs method is to make a rigid jig that can seat on the rim and extends far enough out to allow you to use a level that clears the hub and tire.
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    Re: Wheel Tire Camber

    Dougie,

    Rebuild is inching along.... I was already planning on coming to the Spring Sprints to catch up with several friends so I'll see you there and bring you up to date.

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    Re: Wheel Tire Camber

    I've been using one of these for almost twenty (<20) years now; fits on anything (well, I have yet to see if it'll fit my wife's latest DD with 21" rims...).

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    Re: Wheel Tire Camber

    Uses the same digital level I posted a link to (may be rebranded).

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    Re: Wheel Tire Camber

    Quote Originally Posted by Bob_Spidell View Post
    Uses the same digital level I posted a link to (may be rebranded).
    I actually use that level by itself A LOT more than the whole camber gauge. The battery lasts for several years!

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    Re: Wheel Tire Camber

    The camber on both front wheels are off.

    Since I am having the front shocks replaced, this would be a good time to replace the stock rubber trunnion bushings with adjustable ones.


    Moss sells a set made out of Delrin and British Parts Northwest sells a set made out of graphic-impregnated polyurethane.

    Any opinions on which is better?

    Both materials are stiffer then rubber. Will the ride be harsher with Delrin or polyurethane?

    The rubber bushings have a metal sleeve and grease should be with the drive pin.
    Do I need to grease the Delrin and polyurethane too?
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    Re: Wheel Tire Camber

    I used the Delrin offset bushing from Moss. Worked a charm. If I remember right there is a zerk fitting in the top swivel pin bushing but not in the trunion bushing. Never had to touch it after installation. Still good. Don’t notice any difference in ride or steering.
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    Re: Wheel Tire Camber

    I have bronze offset bushings from one of the UK suppliers - not recommended as they were quite a bit more expensive than the plastic bushings, and required machining to fit. No effect on ride.
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    Re: Wheel Tire Camber

    If y'all have a smart phone or a tablet, there are any number of free apps that give you a digital level and more, that is accurate to .1 degree. I use my Android tablet all the time in my shop, where no section of the floor is level. It was great to use for the new septic system I had to put in to measure slopes to within a tenth of a degree. Peace of mind knowing that stuff will flow downhill. You could make the bracket with the two pins to pick up the wheel rim from just about anything straight.

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    Re: Wheel Tire Camber

    Quote Originally Posted by roscoe View Post
    ... no section of the floor is level ...
    Be sure to account for the slope of the floor when you measure camber.

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    Re: Wheel Tire Camber

    I'll assume to install the rubber bushings one would grease the rubber, inside for the fulcrum pin and outside to help with pressing them straight in. Insert the fulcrum pin, nut, cotter pin. Done.

    Being the Delrin offset bushing are a hard material, are they difficult to insert?
    Being offset, what's the procedure to get them positioned right the first time, not knowing how much degree change you've made till you have the tires back on level ground?
    Let's say it's off, how do you rotate the bushings once they're pressed in?

    Am I over thinking this?
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    Re: Wheel Tire Camber

    Questions in order. No they are not difficult to install, at least in my case. You pretty much can't put the pin in unless they are matched for orientation. No real procedure although I suggest not initially lining them up at either extreme position. It is not likley they will end up that way unless something is tweaked so might as well start in a middle position. Once installed, you might have to back off the nut a bit to turn the bushings so don't cotter key it until done. I moved the bushings by gently grabbing them with vise grips or pliers, moving both at the same time. I took the time to remove the wheel each time I needed to make a move. I snugged the knock off but didn't fully tighten it each time until done. Worked for me. Even though they are harder than the rubber they will stay in position when the nut is tightened. You will figure it out. Plunge ahead.
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